Per Wikileaks: Even a worm will turn is an expression used to convey the message that even the meekest or most docile of creatures will retaliate or get revenge if pushed too far. The phrase was first recorded in a 1546 collection of proverbs by John Heywood, in the form “Treade a worme on the tayle, and it must turne agayne.”
This particular worme was happily crossing the road when it was discovered by a couple 70-something-year-olds on a walk.
It was stretching and scrunching its way over the scratchy blacktop, heading to the right.
So we measured it.
Because its length kept changing, we measured it again… and again, eagerly attempting to record its longest stretch. Please note we did not bump into it nor did we ever step on its tayle.
Provoked, the worme examined the 2.25″ measuring device.
Then it changed direction and backtracked to the left. But it did not turne! The tayle became the heade!