Look at the SIZE of that thing.
This will amuse our overseas readers, but here in the UK along with silly games like cricket, celebrities like Benny Hill and food like deep fried mars bars we like our insects to be small, non poisonous and certainly not ferocious.
Bugs are supposed to be annoying, but not really threatening. The idea of a ferocious one puts us right off our early morning crumpet.
Bravo to Aaron Balick then for tackling a nine-inch venomous arthropod he found behind his TV set in the wilds of Islington.
He took the beastie to the Natural History Museum where expert Stuart Hine points out:
Large and exotic invertebrates are transported with goods all the time, but you would expect something of this size and ferocity to be discovered long before it reached the haven of someone's home
Ferocity. If Londonist found one of these critters (Scolopendra gigantea) near the TV we'd just give it the remote control and never come out of the bathroom ever again.
Note: M@ has pointed out that a centipede isn't even close to being an insect and while we readily except that as fact we're sticking by our crappy definition because a)it would ruin our Kent Brockman quote at the top of the post and b)we don't care what the correct name is for things that we run away from screaming.