1. We have one pound of worms.
Are they a herd? A warren? A flotilla? Unknown at this time. We also don’t know how many worms are in a pound. We would open a betting pool, but then we’d have to count them.
2. Our worms are vegan!
They don’t eat meat or dairy, and they don’t want any cooked food. Who knew? I wonder if all worms are vegan (The Maker doesn’t know).
3. Our worms are shy.
We aren’t allowed to look at our worms for one entire week. They apparently get upset and need time to adjust to their new home, our Worm Coach tells us. However, we looked at them a couple of times (we even took their photo and published it on the internet) and they didn’t holler or anything.
4. What are our new pets named?
One wise-cracking geek friend (Hi, Bob!) suggested we name them using a hexidecimal system, but he didn’t have any ideas about tagging for identification. The Husband says he’s just gonna call them all “Fellas” which aroused a debate about the gender of our worms. The Maker assures us they are all boys.
5. Worm marriage
The Maker explains: “How they get married is, um, they find a partner it doesn’t have to be a boy and it doesn’t have to be a girl then they stick their bodies together for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours, and then the sticky stuff goes away and they’re married.” We tried to find out about worm babies but both The Maker and Wikipedia were unclear.
6. Worms want a quiet, stable environment
Without lots of loud noises, vibrations, excessive thumping down the stairs, hollering, fart jokes, rudeness, or bad smells. If our worms are this uptight they may not make it in this house. Sometimes we like to pogo to Led Zep.
7. Holding our new pets
If you want to hold a worm, says the Maker, you are supposed to spritz your hand with water first. He was the one who was hot to hold one, but since we have to leave them alone in a quiet environment for an entire week I told him he can hold one next week after they are all dead.