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Bug in the Ear

Bug in the Ear - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Weve all heard stories about bugs crawling into peoples ears and staying there. Find out what happened to John Hanning Speke after a beetle crawled in his ear and he couldnt get it out.

It was the mid-1800s and John Hanning Speke sat in his tent waiting for a violent storm to end. When he lit a candle the tent became covered with small black beetles. They seemed to be attracted to the light. John tried brushing them off his clothes and bedding but as soon as he flicked one, another one replaced it. Worn out, he blew out the candle and with some difficulty (the beetles were in his pants, up his sleeves and in his hair) he fell off to sleep.

A beetle woke John up as it tried to get into his ear. As he tried he get it out, John only managed to help push it in. He felt the bug crawl into his ear until there was no where or room for the beetle to go. Determined to get out, the beetle began to dig - like a rabbit in a hole. The weird sensation of the digging beetle drove John crazy. He didn't know what to do. He didn't have oil or salt so he tried putting melted butter in his ear to get the bug out but that didn't work. Desperate, John used his penknife to stab the beetle. After jabbing the beetle a few times it stopped moving. The only problem was, John had done some damage to his ear.

It didn't take long for the wound to swell and become seriously infected. John's facial glands from the ear to the shoulder became deformed. The area became covered with boils. It was the most painful experience John had ever been through. He couldn't chew for several days and had to eat broth. For months he was deaf. The infection in his ear began to spread. It ate a hole between his ear and nose. When he blew his nose, his ear whistled so loudly that anyone who heard it couldn't help but laugh. Six or seven months after the beetle slaying, bits of the beetle - a leg, a wing and other parts of the body - came out in his ear wax.

Believe it or not? Was John making this up or did a beetle really cause him that much trouble? Take our poll and see what others think or

1 Well I don't know about all that stuff he went through but when I was around 2 or 3, a bug flew up my nose and I remember trying to blow it out but soon after I forgot about it. Then when I was 5, my mom was cleaning my ears with a Q-tip and she was like, "What the heck is this?!" and it was a smashed ladybug that had been in my ear canal and I believe it was the same bug from 2 years before. (I don't know why or how I remember this; it definitely wasn't a dream though.)


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Last week I did a story about the lost city of Atlantis - an island buried under the sea. Whether it's true or not is up to you. Plato wrote about it but that doesn't prove it exists. But then again, just because it's never been found doesn't mean it's not out there.

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(So, along with being a fanfiction of  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time , this story is an attempt at a [character] x reader thing, with Duana representing the reader. It'll be Sheik x reader, but... well, you'll see how it works in the story. There'll be plenty of action and people-hitting to go 'round during it, and the buildup to the ship will be gradual. I promise that things that happen in parts 1-3 aren't necessarily terrible attempts at showing affection. I'm not sure how long it'll go, but it'll have at least ten parts of varying length. At the moment, I have four parts done, but I'll not be posting twice in a day. Feel free to voice any ideas or opinions through comments/PM! If you don't like it, I'd appreciate  constructive criticism , not a rant. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the story!) Part One A Man and a Lyre [Image courtesy of some random person on the Internet. Taken from Google Images.] Duana’s eyes snapped open. A forest. But her last memory was… of being cut into by a Thief's scimitar and falling… in the desert . Was this death? She grunted; attempted getting up. Failed. The nausea finally registered, and the trees spun about her vision. But she couldn’t go unconscious. The king’s forces could be anywhere. Duana would be easy pickings if she was unconscious and they happened to stumble upon her. A second attempt at rising succeeded, and she tightly gripped a tree, sagging against it as the spinning intensified, and she nearly vomited. Slowly, it faded, and she became alert again. She stood upright, looking around; scanning for signs of movement. Her sharp, red eyes at first saw nothing, then noticed a slight trembling of some undergrowth. Duana tensed, but knew she wouldn’t put up much of a fight--regardless of whether she actually fought or decided to run. Promptly, the swaying increased, and then the bushes parted… and a figure came into sight, heading straight towards Duana… ...with the red eye and tear on the navy blue tunic he wore. His eyes were also red, and his ears were pointed. The symbol was the symbol of Duana’s own race; a people trained in shadow and dedicated to protecting the royal family as well as their country, but who had failed miserably in it. Duana gasped in relief, releasing the tension. “I was so paranoid that you were someone working for Ganondorf….” The young man, a fellow Sheikah, tilted his head and frowned. “Ganondorf? He was exiled two decades ago.” “Wha…?” “Nabooru, Sage of Spirit, is now temporarily serving as the Gerudo queen until the next male is born. How do you not know this?” “I….” He peered at her. “What tribe are you from?” “Kakariko.” For a few seconds, he remained staring silently, his face unreadable. “What is your name? And who is your father?” “Duana. My father is Alechjo.” “Alechjo… he doesn’t have a daughter named Duana.” “What… what tribe are you from, then? What is your name?” He paused, drawing himself from thought. “Sheik, son of Geron, of Kakariko. You seem discombobulated. Are you alright?” Duana smiled. Her lips parted to say something, but another wave of nausea slammed into her. It felt like a punch, and she lurched, but the tree kept her upright. “I’m sure you’re not alright,” Sheik firmly said. As he dug through a pouch on his belt, Duana then noticed the lyre peeking around him, held in place on his back by a leather strap running across his chest in a diagonal line. Some of his blond hair escaped a ponytail a few inches long, hanging around his face as it was bent to see inside the pouch.
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October 16th!!!   :D
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