It smells like a lily, it spits at you, and it comes from deep underground. It has invaded a town in Idaho with the ominous name of Moscow. It’s the giant Palhouse earthworm. There have been fewer sightings of it than of Bigfoot or Nessie.

Samples of the long, silky worm have only been collected in 1978, 1988, 1990 and 2005. Farmers are terrified that it will be put on the Endangered Species list. On, Nicholas K. Geranios quotes Dan Wood of the Washington State Farm Bureau as saying, “I don’t know if people plan to stop all farming for the possibility of a worm being somewhere.”

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