So, I came up with this OT thread idea after seeing Coyote Peterson's youtube show where he gets stung by every awful thing under the sun (bullet ant, lionfish, tarantula hawk, paper wasp, etc.), and compares how bad the pain is. I seem to attract wasps and ants and creepy crawlies of various sorts. I've been bit by numerous spiders, stung by several species of wasps, and I've been bit by some different kinds of flies, and other creatures. Wasps and yellow jackets seem to have a passionate hatred for my arms. Only my arms, though, oddly. When I play outside, I get stung, pretty much every late summer. Why? I don't know. Maybe I smell like wasp-food, or maybe a guy that looks a lot like me is an exterminator. Usually these stings hurt for a minute or two, and might get itchy for a day or two afterwards, but it's never been a huge deal for me. Funnel weavers seem to like me, too, but not quite as much. Again, the bites don't really bother me too much. A little green spider bit me once and it hurt quite a bit more, but still meh. The mosquitoes here in VT are kind of funny. They are big fat suckers, and I usually can feel them landing on my skin. This usually means that they don't get to stick me with their proboscis. The few times they have manages to get me before I got them, the itchiness was terrible, like being rubbed with the rough end of the velcro for as long as you weren't scratching. Now for my hall of fame. Two bug bites. #1 Unknown triangular black fly. This was a weird shiny black thing, small, kind of like a jet black deer fly. I have no idea what it was. I was a kid, and I thought it was a wasp. It landed on my right index finger's last knuckle on the back of my hand and belched out a drop of what felt just like concentrated nitric acid on my skin. It hurt like no other. I squished the bug and a dark fluid oozed out of its crushed body. My skin never healed completely there, and I still have a scar, roughly the shape of inverted Oklahoma, about 1/4 inch across. I place it at #1 mainly because of the scar it left behind, but the pain was blinding for a few seconds, however, once the acute pain was gone, there was nothing lingering. #2 Bark centipede. I used to not be afraid of centipedes. I knew that they had some sort of venom, but I also grew up in Michigan where "house centipedes" were ubiquitous and no one was ever bit by one. One day I was wearing shorts and helping move some old rotten wood to a dumpster as a bit of charity work. One armful of the wood contained a bark centipede (medium reddish-brown with shorter legs and a flat segmented body). The poor centipede got squished between two pieces of wood when I picked it up, unknowingly. One end of the creature fell on my knee and envenomated me. It felt just like getting the hot end of a cigarette pressed into my skin. I said "ouch" and brushed the bug away, thinking the pain would last a minute or so. Once the burning was gone, though, my leg went numb and my knee started to seize. Next was the swelling, which was substantial enough for me to make a trip to the doctor. I guess the little guy was quite angry at me and gave me everything he had, or else I was allergic. It took a couple days to get my knee working normally again after that. I'd rate the sting at maybe 10 yellow jacket stings, or maybe three bee stings. Last year, I was bit by a German Shepard. I firmly told the dog "no bite" and pushed into the bite firmly but slowly, once he tried to shake his head, and the dog relented. It was over a wool coat, so it wasn't that bad, but for a moment I was pretty concerned at what was going to happen next. The dog's owner was right there, but had his back turned and was unaware of what was going on, or at least claimed he was unaware. The dog was up to date on his shots, and barely punctured, so I just self-treated it and was on my way. What about you?