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Monday, December 1st 2008 by Pat

I have what I would call a very healthy fear of scorpions.

There are times when fear is used as a mechanism for control, forced down our throats like a sandpaper lozenge by a thin, mustached man whispering us to sleep as he ominously toys with his golden rimmed monocle. Governments couldn’t exist without this brand of synthesized fear and the media sells all thirty-one flavors for your enjoyment.

There is another type of fear – a true, honest and pure fear. The good stuff. The type of fear that becomes our most noble guide, protecting us from stings, bites, burns, and death by fueling us with the raw getaway power of adrenaline.

My aunt was recently stung by a scorpion and having never seen one before, my trips to Arizona have always involved very slow motions and deliberate examinations of each room I entered. I thought I was probably being paranoid until I found a two inch long bark scorpion next to my bed.

Here are some fun facts about bark scorpions courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Bark Scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America

While nearly all scorpions are solitary, the Bark Scorpion is a rare exception: during winter packs of 20 to 30 scorpions can congregate.

Bark Scorpions, like most other scorpions, are incredibly resilient. Lab experiments have frozen the scorpions for weeks, and after being thawed, the scorpion emerged unharmed.

During US nuclear testing, scorpions were found near ground zero with no recorded adverse effects.

My cousin, Will confirms that these small bark scorpions are the most dangerous in Arizona and even though the one I found appears to be dead, his mother in-law has suggested that it may just be hibernating. Good thing I brought my dancing shoes.

Speaking of scorpions, I got to play the new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game this evening… sweeeeeet!!!

2 Responses to “Scorpion”

  1. Katya says:

    The new Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. I envy you.
    You may consider me to be green.

  2. Andyspear says:

    Where is it you visit in AZ. We have a place in Arivaca see Scorpions are the least of our worries.