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Old 06-16-05, 10:01 AM   #1
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Killer earwig in my helmet!

Okay, the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but here's a kind of bizarre unexpected experience.

As I was out riding, I felt a prick on my skull, like a pin or needle. I moved the helmet around a bit, hoping it would go away. Then it begins stinging like a bee sting. I stop right away, pull off the helmet, and low and behold, I find a humble little European Earwig in the helmet. I squish it, rub my scalp a bit, take a drink of water, and continue on my way. The sting gradually goes away, but I can still feel it a bit.

However, earwigs are supposedly harmless. I never heard of one biting before. My wife thinks it was trying to burrow a hole in my head thinking it was soil (interesting thought ) I am certainly going to take a closer look at the inside of my helmet before putting it on next time.
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I know how that is.

A very long time ago I kept my helmet in the garage. I ran outside, grabbed it, threw it on, and it had a hornets nest inside. OUCH. Now I keep my helmet inside.

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Old 06-16-05, 10:14 AM   #3
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I know how that is.

A very long time ago I kept my helmet in the garage. I ran outside, grabbed it, threw it on, and it had a hornets nest inside. OUCH. Now I keep my helmet inside.

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I keep my helmet AND bike inside!
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Old 06-16-05, 10:23 AM   #4
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I keep my helmet AND bike inside!
Same here, plus my shoes.
But I always shake my shoes upside down before slipping them on.

Oh and it wasn't a sting, it only pinched you and it was most likely in defense.
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Old 06-16-05, 10:37 AM   #5
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I know how that is.

A very long time ago I kept my helmet in the garage. I ran outside, grabbed it, threw it on, and it had a hornets nest inside. OUCH. Now I keep my helmet inside.

Mark
ohh, i keep my helmet in the garage all the time there's the end of that.
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When I used to do a lot of woods riding, I was forever fending off obnoxious critters. Here in Missouri, if you go out on seldom-used singletrack, there are always big spider webs across same, with big, hairy orb-weavers sitting dead in the middle. Often I've had one dangling from my helmet visor!

Getting a hornet or wasp in your helmet vents is cause for VRR. (Very Rapid Removal)

Then, while you're standing there untangling arachnids from your gear, ticks start crawling up your ankles...

I can see why people go riding in the winter.
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Your ears fell off in the parking lot
Your blood's still drippin', God, I hope it clots
You say you're okay but we know you're not
Your eyes went crossed do you see spots?

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you'll feel a little ill
And I guess we've all learned a lesson
And I guess we'll all get a little thrill

Your hands fell off and then your mind eroded
Your arms fell asleep and then your lungs corroded
Shoulders slumped forward then your heart exploded
Looked pretty gross so we all got loaded

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you won't be around
And you can go ahead and sell all your records
'Cause you got an appointment 6 feet underground
And

You got an earwig
It's crawling towards your brain
And you got an earwig
The glorious pain

Your mind went blank about a week ago
Your hair fell out but you didn't know
Ya' might wanna relax and take it slow
'Cause in a couple a' days you might begin to glow

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you may puke a lot
And could ya' pay me that money ya' owe me
Ya' know I really hate to put you on the spot
'Cause

You got an earwig
It's crawling towards your brain
And you got an earwig
The fashionable pain

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you'll bee a little ill
And I guess we've all learned our lesson
And I guess we'll all get a little thrill


---dead milkmen, of course
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Your ears fell off in the parking lot
Your blood's still drippin', God, I hope it clots
You say you're okay but we know you're not
Your eyes went crossed do you see spots?

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you'll feel a little ill
And I guess we've all learned a lesson
And I guess we'll all get a little thrill

Your hands fell off and then your mind eroded
Your arms fell asleep and then your lungs corroded
Shoulders slumped forward then your heart exploded
Looked pretty gross so we all got loaded

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you won't be around
And you can go ahead and sell all your records
'Cause you got an appointment 6 feet underground
And

You got an earwig
It's crawling towards your brain
And you got an earwig
The glorious pain

Your mind went blank about a week ago
Your hair fell out but you didn't know
Ya' might wanna relax and take it slow
'Cause in a couple a' days you might begin to glow

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you may puke a lot
And could ya' pay me that money ya' owe me
Ya' know I really hate to put you on the spot
'Cause

You got an earwig
It's crawling towards your brain
And you got an earwig
The fashionable pain

Well I'm not sayin' that you're gonna die
I just might be hintin' that you'll bee a little ill
And I guess we've all learned our lesson
And I guess we'll all get a little thrill


---dead milkmen, of course
You rawk!
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