When we think of zombies, images of the undead immediately pop up on our minds – like those ones from Walking Dead and Game of Thrones! We rarely think of animals or even insects, for that matter, but that’s exactly what we get in the photo below.
The said photo, taken in a Singaporean forest, has immediately went viral on social media because it’s “really freaky”, according to several netizens. It shows us the image of a ‘zombie’ fly head after it’s been infected with a lethal parasitic fungus.
Fungal stalks are bursting from this dead fly and its creeping people out.
According to photographer Faiz Bustamente, the Cordyceps parasite may have infected the fly before it died. The parasite “takes over its victims’ bodies like a horror movie zombie virus,” wrote the Daily Mail.
He further shared that he regularly visits forests in Singapore to take wildlife pictures and he utilizes mirrorless macro cameras to get the job done. This photo is one of the many he has taken in the country.
Cordyceps fungus takes over the bodies of their victims, pretty much like a zombie virus.
Meanwhile, experts initially believed that Cordyceps infected the brains but further research has shown that it actually attacks the muscles. Its behavior has since been described by researchers as “like a puppeteer pulling the strings to make a marionette move.”
Several researches have likewise pointed out that the zombie parasite controls the behavior of infected carpenter ant workers.
Moreover, a recent research done by the Penn State University has further discovered that the parasite spreads throughout infected ants from its head and thorax, to the abdomen and legs.
Dr David Hughes, senior author of the study, explained:
“We found that a high percentage of the cells in a host were fungal cells.
“In essence, these manipulated animals were a fungus in ants’ clothing.”
Watch this video and learn more:
Woman’s Mouth ‘Impregnated’ With A Dozen Baby Squid After Eating Calamari
Are you ready to become pregnant with baby squids through a sumptuous calamari meal? This woman is certainly not.
Who would have thought that someone can become pregnant – not by a human but by another species – from simply eating your favorite food? It’s human nature to have food cravings and indulge yourself in meals to the point that some of us couldn’t stop chewing until we become "food pregnant." Becoming literally pregnant, though, out of your food addiction is another story, but it actually happens and another case of this just emerged recently.
A Korean woman experienced one of the most unusual effects of eating food. She became literally “pregnant” after consuming a common squid meal favorite -- calamari. The 63-year-old complained of sharp pain in her mouth and that was when doctors found out that her mouth had become impregnated with 12 baby squids.
According to reports, the unnamed woman was eating a piece of squid that though partially cooked, still had its internal organs intact. She quickly felt an intense pain in her mouth, making her spit out the food. However, she continued to feel some “prickling and foreign body” in her mouth, hence deciding to go for a checkup.
It might be hard to enjoy another calamari meal after finding out that it can impregnate you.
New Moms Need 1 Year To Recover From Childbirth, Studies Say
According to experts, new mothers should have at least a 1 year maternity leave.
Ask any mother about childbirth and they’ll definitely tell you the exact same thing – it’s not recommended for the faint of heart! It’s truly an unforgettably challenging, emotionally and physically, experience for most women.
And yet, it is also one of the most rewarding. Nothing can be as fulfilling and life-changing as being a mother to a little bundle of joy!
That said, it is extremely important for women to have ample time for healing, recuperating, and making necessary lifestyle adjustments before going back to their regular routines such as, say, a full-time job.
The allowed maternity leave period varies from country to country.
China’s Futuristic Tianjin Library Actually Contains Many Fake Books
Something fake in China? You don’t say!
We're sure you've heard of China's newly-opened Tianjin Binhai Library. This bookworm's paradise recently went viral for its futuristic design and sprawling space. Book lovers the world over quickly fell in love with the space's sci-fi inspired interiors and massive collection of books. These days, thousands of people come to visit the library, especially during weekends.
However, reports are claiming that a lot of the books inside the Tianjin Library are actually fake. Many readers' hearts were broken when this news broke out.
The structure was designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV.
The library is designed like an eye, with a spherical auditorium, which serves as the iris, at the center. Around the "iris" are terraced shelves that that look like they contain books. But apparently, a lot of them don't....