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Creepy cobweb coats New Zealand soccer field

Creepy cobweb coats New Zealand soccer field:

When spiders get together and make a huge web, it’s either a delight or a terror, depending on how you feel about spiders!

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Analysis | Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

Analysis | Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year:

It’s been a while since I posted, but I thought I’d share this moderately creepy factoid via the Washington Post: 

Or, for a slightly more disturbing comparison: The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it’s still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given...

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell:

Once again, it turns out reality is much more freaky than the imagination of the most twisted horror writers.

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Fossils Show Humanity’s Earliest Known Ancestor Saccorhytus Had a Mouth But No Anus

Fossils Show Humanity’s Earliest Known Ancestor Saccorhytus Had a Mouth But No Anus:

Must… resist… political… commentary…

Must… resist… political… commentary…

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Here's What Would Happen If a Giant Asteroid Struck the Ocean

Here's What Would Happen If a Giant Asteroid Struck the Ocean:

The apocalypse never looked so pretty before! 

Seventy percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, meaning if we were unfortunate enough to be struck by an enormous asteroid, it’d probably make a big splash. A team of data scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently decided to model what would happen if an asteroid struck the sea. Despite the apocalyptic subject matter, the results are quite beautiful....

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines:

Here is a description of a freaky marine creature for you for the day: 

About three feet long and glistening black with a pink, fleshy appendage, it looks like the entrails of an alien from a bad horror film. In fact, it is a giant shipworm.

Discovered in the mud of a shallow lagoon in the Philippines, a living creature of the species has never been described before – even though its existence has been known...

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell:

Once again, it turns out reality is much more freaky than the imagination of the most twisted horror writers.

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Fossils Show Humanity’s Earliest Known Ancestor Saccorhytus Had a Mouth But No Anus

Fossils Show Humanity’s Earliest Known Ancestor Saccorhytus Had a Mouth But No Anus:

Must… resist… political… commentary…

Must… resist… political… commentary…

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Here's What Would Happen If a Giant Asteroid Struck the Ocean

Here's What Would Happen If a Giant Asteroid Struck the Ocean:

The apocalypse never looked so pretty before! 

Seventy percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, meaning if we were unfortunate enough to be struck by an enormous asteroid, it’d probably make a big splash. A team of data scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently decided to model what would happen if an asteroid struck the sea. Despite the apocalyptic subject matter, the results are quite beautiful....

Monkeys may technically be able to talk (but this will make you glad they don't)

Monkeys may technically be able to talk (but this will make you glad they don't):

There’s a new Planet of the Apes movie coming out soon, but there’s no way it will be more terrifying than the simple audio simulation of a monkey talking.  From PopSci:

Using the computer model of the vocal tract, the researchers discovered that a macaque could, in theory, “produce comprehensible vowel sounds–and even full sentences–with its vocal tract if it had the neural ability...

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