Slate's Daniel Engber sheds some light on a subject that's been on my mind lately: What's it like to have a tapeworm? Enger explains that it's unlikely to increase your appetite, and might make you feel crummy as its circular suckers move through your bowels. Thanks, Mr. Engber. Snip:
You probably wouldn't know you had an infection unless you found stray worm segments—called "proglottids"—swimming in your stool. Each proglottid constitutes a self-contained (hermaphroditic) reproductive organ holding up to 100,000 eggs. A tapeworm reproduces by detaching these sections from its tail, so that the eggs can find their way out of your body and into a new host.