Parasite of the Week
Oh man, I can’t believe Science Made Cool isn’t a more popular blog. For serious. Sacculina alone could revitalize the horror genre (it doesn’t kill you — it just spays you, spreads its tissues through your whole body and gives you a hideous growth. And if you’re male, it makes you female, so it can get to work. Oh — and when the female has made your body ready, here come the MALES. Oh man, I’m gonna vom.)
We haven’t even talked about parasites that modify your behavior so that it can continue its life cycle — and by “modify your behavior” I mean “suicidally.” Hairworms? Toxicoplasmosis? WTF.
Yeah — and did you know hookworms, once absorbed through bare feet (DUDE START FILM TREATMENT NOW) travel to the LUNGS so they can crawl up your TRACHEA and DOWN YOUR ESOPHAGUS to get to your intestines, where they live?
I’m not going to get into pinworms, and adhesive tape. It’s best you Google that yourself.
I was going to post a picture of a hookworm, but, um, no. Here’s another cookie instead.