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Old 06-10-2017, 11:38 AM   #1611
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https://www.newscientist.com/article...-before-death/

Fungus creates zombie beetles that crave flowers before death.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:54 AM   #1612
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Diver attacked by octopus.

And so it begins...
I am literally getting too many pop ups and ads to see the story.
But just from the title, it sounds like what octopuses do all the time to divers. Curious and grabby are "how the octopus do".
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:20 PM   #1613
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Fungus creates zombie beetles that crave flowers before death.
You left out the creepiest part. They normally mate on those flowers, but the fungus makes them puff up and look super attractive, in beetle terms, possibly to more effectively infect more healthy beetles.
Fungus made succubus.
That's a new zombie parasitic behavior to me.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:49 AM   #1614
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I am literally getting too many pop ups and ads to see the story.
And people wonder why I've completely purged JavaScript from my browser.

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But just from the title, it sounds like what octopuses do all the time to divers. Curious and grabby are "how the octopus do".
This particular one got curious and grabby about the face mask and air regulator, and managed to pry them off the owner. Fortunately it spooked after max 30 seconds and ran back into its rock crevice.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:50 AM   #1615
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You left out the creepiest part. They normally mate on those flowers, but the fungus makes them puff up and look super attractive, in beetle terms, possibly to more effectively infect more healthy beetles.
Fungus made succubus.
That's a new zombie parasitic behavior to me.
It's like an STD that makes people more attractive and horny.
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:33 AM   #1616
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It's like an STD that makes people more attractive and horny.
...wow if that ever evolved and had a significant death rate the human race would be doomed.
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:20 PM   #1617
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It wasn't that long ago that all those movies with mind controlling monsters seemed the least realistic of the horror genre. Boy have we learned.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:17 PM   #1618
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A cool bit for an alt-history America, cell-phones in the 40s, instead of four decades later, had the FCC not stepped in to restrict expansion.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:03 PM   #1619
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There was a cat who authored a physics paper.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:39 PM   #1620
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An entire article about a cat authoring a physics paper and not one Schrodinger joke? I don't know if I'm impressed or depressed.
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