"Night Gallery" was a family favorite when we were growing up. My sisters and I would crowd in front of the TV to watch it, sitting really close to one another to keep from getting too scared.
One episode in particular left a lasting impression on the three of us. This guy goes on a trip and upon his return, he starts experiencing terrible headaches. He makes a trip to the doctor, who finds an earwig in his ear and explains to his patient, "They laid eggs."
Aaaaaccckkk! Oh, the thrill that coursed through us girls! How horrible!
A college friend, Linus, told me that when she was growing up in North Carolina, she awoke one night crying and feverish. Her mother took her to the emergency room where the doctor examined her and found in her ear canal: a cockroach. "It's not as uncommon as you'd think," he told Linus' mom.
At CNN's website today, they reported that a boy had two spiders removed from his ear. One spider had died, the other was still alive when they were taken out. Being a boy, he of course had the doctor put them in a jar and he now he keeps them in his room. The boy said when the spiders set up camp on his eardrum, they'd move around and they "sounded like Rice Krispies."
Another thing to add to my nighttime ablutions: "Put cotton balls in ears."