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NFC: New Contest: My Collecting Stories
Most Adrenaline Pumping Story (Scariest, etc.)
I was about 16 and collecting in Sugar Creek, Hancock County, Indiana one
nice warm day. When I pulled up the seine, I discovered it included a three
foot snake coming directly at me. First time I ever pulled a snake and have
only done it one time since. At the time, I was unaware that the odds were
extremely unlikely it was a poisonous snake. It was probably a common
Northern Water Snake. At the time, I was a city-boy who figured all water
snakes were Cottonmouths.
Most Unbelievable (But still true!) Story.
I was about 18 and really bored one winter day. I decided to go collecting.
Wearing only combat boots and jeans, I ended up breaking ice and wading in to
a cove at Geist Reservoir. (Not sure my metabolism could handle that icy
Caught my second snake at about age 19 in a seine net. It looked sort of
like an 8" Coral Snake, but we are way out of their range. I took it home
and threw it in my aquarium at my parents home; it disappeared pretty
quickly. I never did find it. And never mentioned the missing snake to my
Mom for 25 years. I figured the Statute of Limitations were up by then. I
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
In a message dated 7/20/00 2:15:07 PM US Central Standard Time,
JLW at pi_dune.net writes:
Until the end of the month, 1/8/2000, you can submit in your (true!)
collecting stories to the NFC. We have three categories for you:
Funniest Story, Most Adreniline Pumping Story (Scariest, etc.), and Most
Unbelievable (But still true!) Story.