By Anonymous - 12/10/2012 02:56 - United States

Today, I learned that scorpions can apparently hold their breath for hours, and that doing so makes them angry. I found this out when I removed a scorpion from the bottom of my pool and found that it was not entirely drowned. FML
I agree, your life sucks 28 657
You deserved it 2 642

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Did he survive? And how do you know he was there for hours? I am very curious about this one.

Why would anyone put a scorpion into a cup of bleach?!?!?


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Inspired comment. You, sir, have a way with words.

I have been inspired by this beautiful, genius comment to write a 30 chapter novel. I shall dedicate it to you, my good man.

The redundancy is almost... poetic. Well done, 1.

siickman 7

I read 11's comment in class and laughed out loud and got stared at for a couple of mins.. Just letting you know 11. It made people think i'm weirder than i actually am :x haha

I love the response's that I got from my completely pointless and redundant comment. I just really wanted to see how people would make fun of me.

Dr_Death_Defy 0

i completely agree. it was rather redundent wasnt it?

I'm sure he didn't like being under water or man handled.

I would be pretty pissed too, if you plucked me out of the water moments before setting a world record. Inconsiderate bastard

Did he survive? And how do you know he was there for hours? I am very curious about this one.

And now I am wondering if scorpions can swim. EDIT: I googled this shit. Sadly every site I read didn't really add up with the previous. What I can deduce from the (not very consistent) information, is that they can hold their breath for quite long. How long is debated. And apparently, they cannot swim. If anyone has actual information better than what I found within a short search, please do share.

SApprentice 34

23- I used to have an emperor scorpion. He got up to about seven inches long before he died. I don't know if he could swim, but he would lay down and half-way submerge himself in his little water pool. He'd slosh around and dirty up the water, then get back out and go to his den.

Thank you, 30. I had a pet scorpion before but I was so young that I only remember that I found him in the tub, and that he glowed in the blacklight.

djigsup 3

Scorpions actually have a defense mechanism where they can shut down almost all of there motor functions, almost in a trance or coma like state. They can remain in this state for quite a long while, and revive themselves when they are free from harm. I knew someone who put one in a cup of bleach for 4 months, when they dumped it out, the scorpion tried to crawl away!

Why would anyone put a scorpion into a cup of bleach?!?!?

42 - I completely agree! Your friends need to re-think the ethical factors of their next experiment. But, at the same time, it's a pretty awesome discovery; I had no idea scorpions were so hardcore!

THIS is scary! Thanks a lot for this information!

NatGeo should do a "Scorpion vs Cockroach" special to see which one can survive more extreme scenarios.

Kallian_fml 21

23- I took some time to do a more extensive google search. From what I have read, they can't swim but they can hold their breath for about 6 hours, depending on the species. Yeah, I had nothing better to do but read about scorpions...

This is the most interesting thing I've ever learnt on FML, Thank you.

He probably put it there to kill it in the first place. And obviously he survived because that's how he figured out they can hold their breath for hours making them angry.

38-Awww hell nahhh that shit ain't right!

djigsup 3

"Scorpions are strange animals. They can live for months on a single meal, slowing down their metabolisms until they're practically in suspended animation, yet can spring back to life almost instantly if they detect prey. They can be frozen overnight and thawed out the next day, none the worse for frost bite." Citation:

8313girl 28

I wish I had the ability to slow down my metabolism whenever I wanted. Who knew I'd ever be jealous of a scorpion?

FETCH ME YOUR MASTER, SCORPION. BRING ME QUAN CHI. *Tries sending him to the Netherrealm by throwing him deep into pool*

What if Scorpion had kids? "Son, come here." "No! You're just gonna yell at me again!" "Damn it, Douglass, GET OVER HERE!!!" Or: "Eat your vegetables, Kathy." "I don't want to!" "FINISH THEM!"

seriouslythat 6

73 I would feel bad for the children getting stabbed every time they wouldn't listen

ninjaqueen101 18

Well I didn't know that. thank you for finding out for me lol. Learn something new every day.

amandajlucas2015 2

Scorpions are hard to kill.. We once nailed one to a board for 6 weeks and it still lived

Scorpions are in the same group as spiders, and yes I suppose that they could hold their breath as spiders have their own "oxygen sac" ;)

mercymedical 6

I didn't even know spiders could breath underwater! This is the most interesting FML ever! :D

I reared spiders when I was a kid (freaky habit I know) but yeah that's how I know.

Spider: ****! Ryan, you busted my taillight! You'd better have some ******* insurance! Ryan: Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there! Spider: Your card says Geico, dumbass!

74 - I imagined it more of a tailpipe issue

Mynameislinh 24

Well.. I might have done the same thing..

i had no clue they could do that. sorry you found out that way.

SApprentice 34

13- For why? It was just living, doing its scorpion thing. There's no need to kill it.

Personally, I hate scorpions. It's just what I would do.

SApprentice 34

36- From the scorpion's point of view, OP attacked him. OP picked him up, and in the scorpion's world that means death is coming. He was just defending himself.

How do you know the scorpion is a he? But I thumbed you for your understanding :D

Scorpions are magnificent creatures. No need to kill it. :( Maybe OP should have put it in a container and set it free elsewhere.

bakrxD 1

scorpion: "heres a token of my appreciation!"

Dr_Death_Defy 0

-stabs op with stinger- That'll teach you to remove me from your pool when I'm trying to set a record you inconsiderate self centered prick.