Did you know that nematodes are virtually everywhere?

michaywesnowThis is what Nathan Cobb, “father of nematology”, had to say:

In short, if all the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away, our world would still be dimly recognizable, and if, as disembodied spirits, we could then investigate it, we should find its mountains, hills, vales, rivers, lakes, and oceans represented by a film of nematodes. The location of towns would be decipherable, since for every massing of human beings there would be a corresponding massing of certain nematodes. Trees would still stand in ghostly rows representing our streets and highways. The location of the various plants and animals would still be decipherable, and, had we sufficient knowledge, in many cases even their species could be determined by an examination of their erstwhile nematode parasites.

This stuff is all on Wiki-pee so you can take it with a grain of salt if you want or do a more in-depth study if you so choose. Or maybe you wish you could Unlearn this cute little bit of knowledge.

Wonderful breakfast at Little Boots and then the usual Reedsburg Dam Cruise with The Beautiful Liz this morning, then more slodging around at the group home than maybe either of us envisioned. We eventually mobilized to head up to the Uncly Uncle and Beautiful Gay’s house in Gaylord, where we were greeted enthusiastically by Chloe Belle and Daisy upon our arrival. Dinner at the country club soon, then early to bed to get up and get to a trailhead for a 7:30 AM North Country Trail hike.

Good night, KW

3 Responses to “Did you know that nematodes are virtually everywhere?”

  1. Sam Says:

    Personally, for no rational reason, I kinda like nematodes…for their achievements; they sure aren’t much to look at, IMHO.

  2. Margaret Says:

    It would make a good post apocalyptic novel, in my opinion. Have a great hike! I wouldn’t want to get up that early though! 🙂

  3. elizabeth carter Says:

    The vinegar book says that nematodes in vinegar are harmless, they are actually part of the vinegar. I thought vinegar was wonderful, I suppose it still is but the romance is sorta gone.
    Vinegar has many useful purposes.