Mongolia, a land of mystery. Where the grave of great warrior king Genghis Khan, who created an empire stretching from the Baltic and Black to the Bering seas remains undiscovered. Where the national dish has become Mongolian barbecue, the stir-fry buffet variety invented in the United States.
And where giant, scarlet worms burrow in the barren expanse of one of the world's largest, coldest deserts, spewing fiery acid and electrocuting unlucky camels from a distance.
Yes, a creature so fearsomely odd that its name -- which also happens to be the title of a cheesy Syfy Channel/Lions Gate DVD release April 26 -- deserves the honor of its own paragraph:
The Mongolian Death Worm.