Scorpions take wing


And you thought the notion of Snakes on a Plane was unnerving? On July 19, according to the, Douglas Herbstommer of Gilbert, Ariz., felt a sudden, sharp sting on his finger while flying from Phoenix to Indianapolis. He quickly realized what the problem was: an Arizona bark scorpion, whose bite, though painful, is very seldom fatal. (Although “painful” appears to be a euphemism here. Look it up for yourself; we’re too squeamish to go into details.)

Herbstommer and his fellow humans rounded up the 3-inch arachnid before he found the rest of its family, hanging out in the overhead compartment -- apparently stowaways from somebody’s luggage. Memo to airport security: Quit fussing about those 4-ounce bottles of shampoo and start keeping an eye out for scorpion families on vacation. Everyone will be much happier if you do. 

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