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November 21, 2013
A fully-grown house centipede has what the Internet calls an "alarming appearance." (This is not the cuddly thing you find under a rock outside. This is Scutigera coleoptrata, and for goodness' sake, don't Google it if you've never seen one.)

They're unbelievably fast, they're creepy as hell, and they can sting you. When I'm in the right frame of mind I can appreciate them as amazing creatures, but when I'm moving a box and one of them darts out at me, I can only shout and fall over backwards. I can only imagine what impression I made on him.