4. Terrestrial leeches
Some leeches manage to live on land instead of water, but only in places of high humidity – like the Philippines, apparently! They mostly live in moist soil in rainforests, often in places like South America, Africa, and yes, Asia.
Leech Rating: 4/10. Yup, not as useful as freshwater leeches, and worse, even less leech-like because they aren’t found underwater – except, as we look closer, there are plenty of leeches that don’t reside aquatically…
3. Thieving leeches
These are often the ones who see something on the internet and think that because it’s online, it’s free for the taking. When called out, they normally actually get mad and think you should be grateful that they’re “exposing” your artwork to a larger audience. Disgusting, we know. The only good version of the thieving leeches are the ones in torrent sites who never fail to share their booty.
Leech Rating: 3/10. They’re terrible leeches, who prey on those who are doing well for themselves. Some of them may be useful, though, if you’re an unscrupulous pirate, but in the end, y’all get each other in trouble, y’know?
2. Jawless leeches
The least leechlike leech would have to be the jawless leeches. We know leeches to suck on their prey with viselike grips, but there are actually jawless types who instead use a proboscis to do their sucking. We generally don’t even recognize these as leeches when we meet them in the wild, unless we’re that nerdy about ‘em.
Leech Rating: 2/10. They’re so not like leeches, they barely count!
1. Cheapass leeches
These are the most parasitic of all leeches, and perhaps the most useless one at that. They’re the ones who should know better but insist on getting something for nothing, coasting on either their looks, celebrity, or reputation, and insisting that “exposure” would be more than enough payment for professional work. Yeah, sure. Next time you’re in the hospital, see how far “exposure” would get you on the surgery table. Is anyone “forced” to do this work? Heck, no! But why would anyone in their right mind think that work doesn’t deserve to be paid the same good money they get paid for their sorry excuse for work when they sing, dance, and “act?”
Rating: 0/10. Son. Of. A. Leech. Talk about useless! It’s these leeches who often think that creative work is something “anyone could do,” so think very little about paying money for it, yet invariably, always end up needing to turn to actual professionals as they clearly can’t do it themselves, because, for all their bluster, they’re actually talentless hacks who can only look down on something they can never do themselves just so they can feel better about themselves. And, in the fine words of one Ken Warren, you can hashtag #that.
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