This has to be the grossest game on planet earth, but its real and dozens of contestants have gone through it. And for what? A crack at a $50,000 grand prize. Before you decide if it’s worth it, continue reading to find out exactly what you have to do with the worms to win the $50,000 grand prize.
The Fear Factor Worm stomp goes something like this. Contestants use their bare feet to stomp on nightcrawlers in a large vat. This produces a disgusting mixture of sweaty bare feet and the guts and juices from more than 6,000 worms. When enough worm juice is drained into a glass at the bottom of the vat (at least the glass is clean), the contestants have to drink what producers call “worm wine.” The couples that complete the worm stomp the fastest advance to the next level. Contestants usually have to complete three “stunts” in order to make it all the way to the grand prize.
Think you have the stomach for the stomp and the juice? Read about what goes on in the worm vat overnight and all about worms in their natural habitat to see exactly what you might be “digesting.” For starters, consider this: worms are capable of producing 60 percent of their body weight per day — in urine.
·Worms eat so much that they typically produce excrement equal to their own weight every 24 hours.
·Worm castings (excrement) are so valuable and ten times richer in nutrients that commercial topsoil, that many gardeners and farmers use the composting method to fertilize plants and crops. Worm castings also help create channels within the layers of the earth’s soil, which helps to hold water better and keep moisture in the soil longer.
·The worm’s moist sustenance rich environment plays an extremely important role in reproduction as well. Worms prefer to mate and reproduce in warm moist soil, away from the light.
·The clitellum of adult earthworms contains features called genital tumescence, and tubercula pubertatis. The clitellum features, the male pores, and female pores are found above the clitellum and are all parts of the earthworm reproductive system.
·The earthworm has “setae” which are tiny hair-like projections that are arranged in rows along the earthworm body. The setae are used for locomotion by the earthworm.
·Worms must remain close to their food supply. Worms feed on leaves and dead grass, which contain organisms that provide a healthy diet of bacteria, algae, and fungi. Worms feast on dirt as well, especially if they live deeper inside the earth. Worms also eat plants, fruits and vegetables.
·Although you cannot see them, believe it or not, worms do have mouths. The earthworm mouth is called the prostomium. The worm’s mouth is actually big enough and powerful enough to grab a leaf and drag it around. They also have a pharynx, esophagus, crop, gizzard and intestine. When the worm eats its food, it pulls the materials into its mouth with the help of the pharynx and its prostomium (also called acron). This creates a suction motion. This suction motion aids in helping the worm consume large amounts of food in a sort amount of time. The gizzard grinds the food
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