Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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More Smuggling

July 6, 2013: We’ve alerted you before to keeping an eye out for Bogs and Murks (poachers and smugglers) carrying suspicious-looking egg-shaped objects that could be Imaginary eggs (see Archives/Field Notes/Murks and Smuggling). Now we are alerting you to another string of smuggling tricks, that of the wapaloosie-smugglers.

Since wapaloosies are shaped like hot dogs, Murks most naturally came up with the idea to disguise these Imaginaries as hot dogs. In one recent smuggling attempt, wapaloosies were stuffed into overlarge buns, one covered with chili, cheese and onions, and the other half-smothered in mustard, ketchup, relish and onions.

A few years ago, a Murk stuffed several wapaloosies into sausage casings and tried to smuggled them out of the country like a string of links. Even more cruelly, another Murk stuffed eight wapaloosies into an empty, resealable plastic hot dog package, lining them up like so many frankfurters. He’d punched a few holes into the bag, but even so, by the time we recovered them from the smuggler, two had already suffocated and a third died later from the trauma.

The recent brilliant and successful rescue of two wapaloosies (see articles on wapaloosies in the Archives under Have You Seen and Field Notes) is only the beginning of what must be a concerted effort to stop wapaloosie-smuggling worldwide. We are very concerned for the welfare and survival of the wapaloosies, and have appointed a special task force to help guard them from the Bogs and Murks. The main problem is that wapaloosies continue to be the Next “Must-Have” Thing among certain spoiled children, and as long as there’s a market for them, the Murks will continue to try to kidnap them from the wild and smuggle them to their purchasers.

We’ve enlisted the aid of some of our international agents and sympathizers, who have stirred up an online meme suggesting that the bite of a wapaloosie gives you warts. With any luck at all, the meme, coupled with the passage of time, and the inevitable introduction of the Next New Thing - whatever that may be – will help squelch the market for wapaloosies. Then our little sausage-shaped friends will be able to go back to living their peaceable, quiet lives at treetop level, free from the interference of humans. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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