If you think about it, the concept of fungal infection is creepy. Fungi are organisms that infest their target vessels, living thing or not. Now, normally, a fungus is pretty much content already in embedding itself on its victim, feeding off just enough nutrients it needs in order to survive. However, there’s a certain type of fungi that are a lot worse than that.
Imagine a fungus controlling the body of its victim for its own benefit? Imagine a fungus, so nefarious it zombifies its helpless prey until it dies?
Cordyceps is a type of fungus that infects insects and arthropods.
Cordyceps fungus is unique in a twisted way. Upon infestation, Cordyceps is able to manipulate its victim’s behavior in order to suit its needs. Ants are the most susceptible victims of this fungus.
Recently, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences managed to determine how this fungus manipulates the ants.
According to the reports, contrary to the popular belief, Cordyceps actually does not target its victim’s brain. Instead, in order to fully take control of its victim, it targets their muscles.
These findings imply that the helpless ants are most likely conscious of the terror they’re facing upon infestation.
A team of researchers from the Pennsylvania State University was astounded by the discovery. In one of their studies, they explained:
Fungal cells were found throughout the host body but not in the brain, implying that behavioral control of the animal body by this microbe occurs peripherally.
That’s actually quite terrifying. As if getting zombified isn’t scary already, imagine getting your body zombified while you’re still alive and fully aware of it all.
As if The Last of Us isn’t scary enough already, science decides to grin impishly and throw this discovery into the equation.
Sleep tight knowing that this very thing is based on a real life fungus. Nature is indeed, scary.
Thai Woman Throws Newborn Baby After Married Boyfriend Goes Back To His Wife
Angry young mom kills her baby when the child’s daddy leaves her.
A young Thai mother threw her newborn baby out the window when she found out that her South Korean partner went back to his original family. The young mom was perplexed and committed an unforgivable crime.
20-year-old Netchanok Nokyungtong from Thailand found out that her partner, 40-year-old Mr. Kim, returned to his family after finding out that she is pregnant with his child. Considered as an embarrassment in Korea if you get your mistress pregnant, Mr. Kim has decided to break up with Nokyungtong when she did not agree with abortion.
Netchanok Nokyungtong, 20, got pregnant while in an illicit affair.
Severely Disabled Man Set Up Hidden Cameras To Spy On Female Caregivers
Apparently, he was watching them while they showered!
32-year-old Farhan Mian, a severely disabled man who suffered from muscular dystrophy and relies on using breathing apparatus, is currently in hot water after it has been discovered that he has been spying on his female caregivers via video recordings caught on hidden cameras.
Apparently, Mian requires round the clock care in his London home, according to reports. Unknown to his caregivers, however, he installed cameras in their bathroom and bedroom.
Farhan Mian, 32, set up hidden cameras to spy on his female caregivers.
12-Year-Old Girl Missing After Crocodile Attack in Palawan, Philippines
This marks the second crocodile attack in the area in just over a month…
A young girl, who is merely 12 years of age, has reportedly gone missing in Palawan, Philippines after she was attacked by a crocodile. The incident happened recently, according to the police, and this is the second recorded crocodile attack in the region in a matter of a few weeks.
As the reports tell us, the girl was fetching some water in a “heavily-forested area of the island” when the animal suddenly “dragged her away in front of her horrified siblings.” According to the authorities, the girl’s brother witnessed the horrific incident.
Currently, the police and coast guard have together launched search efforts.
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