A Different Kind of PC-Crashing Worm

A Different Kind of PC-Crashing Worm

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When Mark Taylor's laptop crashed, he thought it might be due to a worm -- which it was, just not the digital kind.

After his laptop crashed, Taylor (of Somerset, England), took it to a technician who flipped the back off and discovered what seemed to be a rubber band nestled in the computer's innards. Having a poke, as technicians do, he was horrified to find out the rubber band was actually an earthworm that had been burned to a frazzle. It had apparently wrapped around the fan when somebody had turned on the computer, causing the fan to jam and the computer to crash.

Not something you'd normally find in a laptop, but Taylor thinks that his cats must have brought it in from the garden. "The worm was obviously looking for a hiding place and must have crawled in through the air vent to get away from my cats," Taylor said. "I couldn't help thinking that people get computer worms all the time, but not real life ones."

Source: The Register

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Literally Laughed Out Loud on this one; the story, the choice of graphic... just too much. Plus doesn't it harken back to the origin of the term "bug" in the first place? Ah, tradition.

-- Steve

Very funny! And very bizarre, to boot.

I can't seem to think of anything to say here except, "Well, at least it wasn't a Trojan..."

that makes me want to LOL out loud...

That's brilliant. How that worm got up there is beyond me, but I'm guessing it wasn't the best hiding place after all.

Anton P. Nym:
Literally Laughed Out Loud on this one; the story, the choice of graphic... just too much. Plus doesn't it harken back to the origin of the term "bug" in the first place? Ah, tradition.

-- Steve

Ahh so now we've gone full circle, eh?

Oh, of course you'd post a picture of some Worms. Could've chosen a better one though. ;)
That's pretty damn hilarious though. Most of all, I feel sorry for the worm. I know, I'm a sap. Guess cats are capable of more mischievous deeds than one can suspect. Maybe it's a good thing I don't let my cats up here.. they'd scare all the spiders into my laptop.

Very funny. I wish I could have seen the guy's face who found the worm.

NewClassic:
I can't seem to think of anything to say here except, "Well, at least it wasn't a Trojan..."

We wouldn't think of anything funny to say if it was some bacterial disease though. No "virus" or "spyware", etc.

I read an article once about the dirtiest PCs in one of the magazines I get. Some of them were atrocious. Dead rodents, carpets of dusts, and a peppering of fried insects.

They should really put removable filters on fans as default.

Baby Tea:
Very funny! And very bizarre, to boot.

I don't think that laptop was going to boot up.

Between the article, and that picture, I now have the "Tale of Boggy B" stuck in my head.

I've seen a photo of a samilar thing, but with a large snake instead of a worm in it!

EDIT:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/snake-in-computer.shtml

Doug:
I've seen a photo of a samilar thing, but with a large snake instead of a worm in it!

EDIT:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/snake-in-computer.shtml

The technician told her it must have been after the mouse! The woman didn't think it was very funny at all.

This made my day.

 

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