6 Scary New Creatures Science Recently Discovered

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6 Scary New Creatures Science Recently Discovered
 

 
#6. The Spider That Builds an 80-Foot Web


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Congratulations, you somehow have a Darwin's bark spider in your neighborhood. This species has been known to build webs that span freaking rivers. The largest one found was 82 goddamned feet across. If that sounds far-fetched to you, you're just like scientists in 2009 before they discovered the thing. You'd think that an 82-foot spider web, stretching across rivers like a fishing net designed to catch kayakers, would be the sort of thing that'd be hard to miss. Or maybe "come out of hiding" is phase one in the bark spider's plan.

Either way, you really do have to admire how spiders are always raising their game. After all, it's more or less a rule that any list of creepy, dangerous or messed-up creatures is going to have at least one spider on it, since that is the animal Satan created when God was napping.
The Darwin's bark spider spins both the largest and the strongest web of any spider known. Experts think it's entirely possible this spider's web can catch birds. They just haven't seen it happen yet.

Their webs can get to be about the length of two buses and can easily bridge rivers without even giving a sh-t. In order to support the weight of all that web and the struggling, dying life-forms caught in it, the webbing has to be incredibly strong. In fact, it's one of the strongest materials known to man -- 10 times stronger than Kevlar.

Of course, up to this point, the spiders have only been using their horrible science to build adamantium webs, not suits of armor. But it's safe to a.ssume that this is only the beginning, and pretty soon we're going to need better bullets.
#5. The Leech That Wants to Get Inside You


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In 2007, a new species of leech was discovered in Peru. When we say "discovered," we mean that it was found inside the head of a 9-year-old after she complained about a "sliding sensation" in the back of her nostril.
After digging around in there, physician Renzo Arauco-Brown discovered what appeared to be a leech with a chainsaw for a face.

The species, dubbed Tyrannobdella rex, is 3 inches long and has a set of teeth five times bigger than your regular leech chompers. But that's not even the most terrifying thing about it.
Unlike regular leeches that just kind of hang off your body like horrible ornaments, the T. rex leech prefers to feed from mucous membranes, rather than your skin. That means the soft tissue all up inside you. Places like the inside of your nose, behind your eyes, up your a.ss ... all the places you're least happy to have a 3-inch worm with daggers aggressively shooting out of its face.

You shouldn't put down your coffee and look up more images of these things right now.
If that still doesn't make you want to squeeze your various orifices so tight that you couldn't slip a needle through them, the scientists studying this monster explain that it doesn't really "bite" you, per se; it's really more of a sawing motion. Like a little miner happily hacking his way through your sinus cavity to liberate the sweet riches within.
#4. The Worm That Survives 10,000 Feet Below Us


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We're not including this beast on this list simply because it's called the "devil worm." But it does at least warrant mentioning that it is indeed called the "devil worm."

By itself, the devil worm is tiny and ineffectual. Chances are you have more-dangerous worms living in your brain right now. What makes it disturbing is the fact that it lives so far underground that it doesn't have any business existing. How far? How about more than 2 miles straight down? Yep, dig down 10,000 feet and you'll find the devil worm happily squirming in an environment where only trace bacteria were thought to exist

More frightening than the devil worm itself is what it represents. Scientists now think that we might be on the verge of discovering a "rich new biosphere" under the Earth. How much of this new branch of the animal kingdom will delight in feasting upon our livers? We don't yet know, though we're going to conservatively guess "most of it." But we do at least know that miles below our feet, deeper than any human has ever excavated, there exists a pale, squirming, eyeless, Lovecraftian nightmare. Always burrowing.
#3. The Roach That Can Jump on Your Face


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Nobody likes c*ckroaches. They may not have giant fangs or venom glands, but they look every bit as if the concept of filth grew legs, and their only living goal is to identify objects that you put in your mouth, and then run and poop all over them. The one small favor God allowed us is that roaches are relegated to the ground realm. Though they have wings, they're about as adept with them as chickens are. All you have to do to avoid a c*ckroach is stand on a chair and shriek.

Until now, that is. Scientists have discovered a roach in South Africa that has the ability to jump, something that no other species of c*ckroach is known to do. And the little bastards aren't just kind of good at it, they're twice as good at jumping as grasshoppers are. They can leap almost 50 times their own body length, which means that even if you scramble onto a chair, that c*ckroach can be on your face in 0.1 seconds. Don't scream -- opening your mouth is exactly what it wants you to do.

Although it can easily be mistaken for a grasshopper, with its freakishly modified hind legs, the critter researchers have dubbed the "leaproach" is not related to them, but rather is an example of "convergent evolution," which in biological terms is kind of like what The Thing does to Arctic researchers.

Sure, they're in Africa and not in our homes yet, but all they have to do to get here is learn how to swim, and that probably won't be long.

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#2. Rat-Eating Pitcher Plant


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The pitcher plant is already something that raises a huge middle finger to the natural order, or it would if it had fingers. Plants just aren't supposed to eat animals; their job is merely to sit at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and taste good. We've had to accept the fact that there are plants out there that eat bugs, but you know what they say -- give them an inch and they'll take a mile.

In 2007, three botanists scaled Mount Victoria in the Philippines in search of new species, and they stumbled into Nepenthes attenboroughii, named after David Attenborough. Most pitcher plants are content to snack on flies, but this bastard is big enough to eat rats.

Nepenthes attenboroughii uses the same k!lling method as other pitchers: Its prey is lured to the cuplike growths filled with sweet nectar, but when they get too close, they slip and fall in, tiny paws thrashing for purchase on the slippery sides as they are slowly, very slowly digested by a plant that vaguely resembles genitalia.

The question is, are we just going to stand back and watch while vegetables acquire a taste for higher order mammals? All we know is that the next time we go swimming in a lake, we're making sure it really is a lake.
#1. The murderous Flying Fungus


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When you think "fungus," you probably think of mushrooms, or maybe athlete's foot. It's something that grows in damp, warm places, and on the danger scale it's somewhere between "mild annoyance" and "delicious when deep fried."
But then you have the bad characters in the group, like the newly discovered Cryptococcus gattii, an invisible airborne fungus that, who knows, you might be breathing right now.

We don't want to cause a panic here; all we're going to say is that National Geographic described it using the words "hypervirulent," "deadly," "fast-spreading" and "superfungi," at least one of which we're pretty sure they made up just to describe this species.
We knew that deadly fungi existed. You'd find it in warm, wet places like the tropics, where it would sometimes infect weakened or already-sick victims. So imagine everyone's surprise when this new strain showed up in Oregon and k!lled half a dozen perfectly healthy people.

It spreads when its microscopic spores float through the air and you breathe them in. Washing your hands won't prevent it, and neither will avoiding sick people (it's not contagious -- it does just fine breeding and spreading on its own). There is no prevention -- the only defense is to wait for symptoms to appear and go get treatment (it can take weeks or months after exposure for symptoms to kick in). Fortunately, the symptoms are unique and easy to spot -- things like headache, red eyes, lethargy and "apathy."

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notoriousthugzz 41 heat pts41
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that fungus sh*t is scary
 03-08-2012, 07:27 PM         #3
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Skin is fu*king crawling....
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That's fu*ked.
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the fungus
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Damn nature you
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the fungus ish is wild...new york could benefit from the pitcher plant
 03-08-2012, 09:46 PM         #8
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fu*kin roaches man I don't kno how people can live with them things all over their house id rather sleep outside
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theres worse fungus then that

look up flesh eating fungus, talk about deadly and scary.

it eats your face, because you inhale it, until you die
 6 years ago '04        #10
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Shut down all flights leading to and leaving from Africa, NOW
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it's more or less a rule that any list of creepy, dangerous or messed-up creatures is going to have at least one spider on it, since that is the animal Satan created when God was napping.
 03-08-2012, 10:01 PM         #13
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Aye yo what the fu*k.....sh*t be havin a n*gga in tears


fu*kin spiders that makes webs the size of bball courts



Fungus thats invisible that snuff you out?


Roaches with a vertical higher than Lebron




fu*k this sh*t im goin inside
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"Chances are you have more-dangerous worms living in your brain right now."


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Why you say scary? Are you scared? is you a bi*ch n*gga? aint sh*t scary to a reaal n*gga brah
 6 years ago '06        #16
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 Rebirth46 said:
Why you say scary? Are you scared? is you a bi*ch n*gga? aint sh*t scary to a reaal n*gga brah
you NEVER know what tha *man is in the lab cookin' up...so you *should be afraid..lol

VERYYYYYYY AFRAID......they're crucial with the creations..
 03-08-2012, 10:41 PM         #17
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Damn nature is a interesting bi*ch
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m o t h e r f u c k e r.
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