By asthmattack - 25/01/2013 06:30 - Australia - Mona Vale
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If you're using an asthma inhaler, you're inhaling - not swallowing. That earwig could've ended up in her windpipe and that would NOT have been fun. =/ I have asthma, so I know the drill, OP - I always check inside my inhaler, not because I've found earwigs, but because it rattles around in my purse and a few times I've found pennies inside (and you do not want to inhale a penny).
The idea that earwigs hang out in ears is just an urban legend. Earwigs, members of order Dermaptera, are known as earwigs because of a bastardization of their original name, "ear wing," which is actually more relevant to their morphology since their primitive wing unfolded looks like a human ear. They are known for their heavily scleritized cerci (what most call pinchers) and their tendency, as an order, for maternal care of young. Very cool insects if you ask me and are worth the effort to google.
#8, I like your way of magical thinking. The Internet has been such a bummer for me because of all the song lyrics. I've found out that many of the lyrics I thought I knew were actually wrong. But, I still liked mine better. Example: You've got the peaches, I've got the cream Sweet to taste. Saccharine. Or Sweet potato. Saccharine. Sweet potato is better, right?
Puff the magic earwig ...
I don't actually know what an earwig is. I keep imagining a tiny mustache/toupee that lives in one's ear. I won't google it because I like thinking that. Don't judge me.