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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Every time I want to listen to something specific on the radio my AC fan automatically comes on. Every. Time.
    Creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    You know what I find spooky? Ants. Several thousands of species. They have a collective population in the trillions. They wage wars that leave millions dead. They harvest. They cultivate livestock. Some species can conduct electricity. Bullet ants rank among the most painful insect bites in the world.

    I find ants spooky.
    How about "zombie ants"? The fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis hijacks the infected ant's nervous system causing it to climb up a plant, sink their mandibles into a leaf or twig and wait to die while the fungi feasts on their bodies. Eventually, a fungal stalk shoots out of the ant's head and releases spores that rain down and infect more ants below.








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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    How about "zombie ants"? The fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis hijacks the infected ant's nervous system causing it to climb up a plant, sink their mandibles into a leaf or twig and wait to die while the fungi feasts on their bodies. Eventually, a fungal stalk shoots out of the ant's head and releases spores that rain down and infect more ants below.








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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Better first pix:

    I do know of this. It is pretty spooky.

    I know of a similiar parasite that makes zombie crabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    I do know of this. It is pretty spooky.

    I know of a similiar parasite that makes zombie crabs.
    I just find it mind boggling how a fungus -- A FUNGUS -- is capable of causing such a very specific behavior. And it isn't just ants but other insects as well. And FWIU they aren't all closely related types.

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    As for zombie crabs... Or maybe body snatchers? Mind controlled slave?


    It looks like the parasite here is the female larval form of the Sacculina barnacle that infects a crab and completely takes over even forcing male crabs to change physically to resemble a female crab and release hormones so it behaves more like a female -- even to the point of doing female mating dances

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
    I figured out how to use that stuff just being around it. It really is not that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    I figured out how to use that stuff just being around it. It really is not that bad.
    No, but it is fun to watch!

    Let's see a cursive sample...

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