Oct

18

 One wonders if similar techniques are not used to shake investors out of their positions…

From The London Times:

Dr Ken Catania, of Vanderbilt University in the US, found that the vibrations created in the soil by rubbing steel on the stake mimicked those made by moles digging through the soil. Fishermen had happily made use of the practice, known variously as worm grunting, tickling, snoring or charming depending on where it is done, but didn’t know why it worked. His conclusion, reached after a series of experiments in the Apalachicola National Forest, in Florida, confirmed a remark made by Charles Darwin in his 1881 book The Formation of Vegetable Mould.

I will have to remember this the next time I go fishing–it certainly beats looking under rocks for suitable bait. And to brings back a childhood memory of going with my father in rural Alabama to buy a carton of worms at a backwoods bait shop. When we arrived at the finishing pond there was only one worm in the carton — which had been kept in a cooler — caveat emptor was the lesson for that day!

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