Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Huntin’ scorpions, it never gets old!

February 21, 2009

Here we have another one of those situations where it would be nice to know just a little more about what’s going on in some photos.

The caption explains that these dudes are hunting for scorpions in a desert in Egypt, but it doesn’t say what they plan to do with the things. That means, under the terms of my contract, I have to MAKE UP stuff instead of using facts.

So here are a few of my guesses. These fat, juicy scorpions are….

* hunted on a regular basis because, heck, there’s no HBO in the area.

* sweetened and molded into the popular breakfast cereal, Little Frosted Scorpios.

* put into a huge scorpion press over at the bottling plant to make the refreshing soft drink “Stinger Zinger.”

* shipped live to Cairo in time for March 1, “Live Scorpions Down Your Pants Day!”

Naturally, if you have other suggestions, they’re more than welcome.

Jump higher! join the Oddly Enough blog network!

Hunting for scorpions in a desert near Abu Simbel, southern Egypt, February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

More stuff from Oddly Enough

Comments

Perhaps in Egyptian carnivals, you have to try to throw a ping-pong ball into a scorpion cage rather than a goldfish bowl..?

Posted by theturbolemming | Report as abusive
 

Scorpion races….. a dying sport due to the rarity of small enough jockeys.

Scorpions as home protection?

Gathering scorpions to pay tribute to the eighties band Scorpions? Wow they were bad!

Dinner?

Grand opening of Egypt’s first Chinese restaurant and a misunderstanding of the meaning of Scorpion Bowl?

That’s all I’ve got right now.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

Mike Rowe did a Dirty Jobs show where he had to collect spiders and scorpions in the AZ desert to take their venom. It’s used in different medicines. Maybe that’s what these guys are doing…

 

Sheesh!
Surely even you can tell the difference between ‘hunting’ and the mating ritual of the Scorpionidae Scorpioninae??

 

clearly they are off for a new career in the latest Indiana Jones/Lara Croft/Mummy etc movies. The guys catching them are just agents trying to get them to sign contracts before they hit the big-time

Posted by fionaofnz | Report as abusive
 

Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/