Around the Campfire 2/13/13 – Flying Squids and Other Horrors

They can what!?!

They can what!?!

No preamble here just pure unadulterated terror courtesy of Cyptomundo. You remember that episode of Monsterquest (season 2, ep 16) where they talked about the man eating Humboldt squids that were known to try to eat people who fell in the water? Well apparently if they’re feeling peckish they don’t need to wait for you to fall in the water. They can just fly right at you:

The Neon Flying Squid propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2 metres per second, Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University said. Olympic Gold medallist Bolt averaged 10.31 metres a second when he won at the London Games last year. “There were always witnesses and rumours that said squid were seen flying, but no one had clarified how they actually do it. We have proved that it really is true,” Yamamoto told AFP. Researchers say is the first time anyone has ever described the mechanism the flying mollusc employs. Yamamoto and his team were tracking a shoal of around 100 squid, part of the Japanese Flying Squid family, in the northwest Pacific, 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of Tokyo, in July 2011. As their boat approached, the 20-centimetre (eight-inch) creatures launched themselves into the air with a powerful jet of water that shot out from their funnel-like stems.

Yeah. I’m canceling my squid fishing trip. Want some more horror stories?

A man was killed when a bullet ricocheted off the skull of a wild boar that was shot over a mile away.

An 8 foot alligator was pulled out of a sewer in a Florida suburb. The old alligator in the sewer gambit – clever girl.

A Nebraska mother and her 4-year-old child had to be rescued from a pitbull in an attack witnesses described as “Cujo” like.

There’s video online of an incident in Brazil where it literally rained spiders.

Mysterious demolition in Detroit has some people claiming that farms will be being built in the blighted city. Anyone up for some homesteading in the most dangerous ruins in America?

The mysterious animal attacking livestock in Shelby County has been identified as a pitbull. At least that’s the official story.

Toilet rats attack woman.

And here’s a little Internet created urban legend to keep you up at night next time you’re camping:

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