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Cordyceps Fungus
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:47:33 PM »
I found this video absolutely mesmerizing. It's a genus of fungus that specialize in insect genocide. I had no idea such a fungus existed. Check it out!



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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 11:11:23 PM »
That's uh....kinda scary actually.
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 12:41:55 AM »
I saw the Planet Earth episode this was a part of and I thought the basic idea would make a great premise for a horror movie:

Infected person going to a rooftop to die then the cordyceps spreading its spores all over town to infect more people. Town goes dead and a helicopter comes in to find out why. They see people on rooftops and think they're the survivors trying to escape something so they land. The helicopter rotors stir up the fungus and they take it back to a large city. Infected helicopter personel going to rooftops to die.

No monsters to fight. Near invisible spores infesting people. A nice, quietly disturbing movie.
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 07:22:30 PM »
Sam you have a fertile imagination. You could write sci-fi novels.

The video is almost scary. A couple days ago I read a piece that said that our bodies are just crawling with microbes. Some good, some bad. The estimate is that about two percent of our body weight consists of those little bugs. A 200 pound person is actually 196 pounds of person and six pounds of bugs, Yeech!

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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 07:30:06 PM »
Makes you wonder why God made that stuff. ;)
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 09:15:49 PM »
 The true rulers of planet earth are Bacteria, Fungi, Archaea and viruses. 
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2012, 09:43:51 PM »
The true rulers of planet earth are Bacteria, Fungi, Archaea and viruses.

And Ants, Flies, and Roaches.  Bastards.

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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 12:13:26 AM »
The true rulers of planet earth are Bacteria, Fungi, Archaea and viruses.

I stake my microbiology degree on this fact.  ;)

Another cool parasite is the fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum.  Ants serve as an intermediate host and the parasite causes the ant to travel up a blade of grass at dusk and clamp down on the blade where the ant awaits to be eaten by a ruminant. Basically, the parasite causes the ant to commit a slow suicide.

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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012, 02:49:55 PM »
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Everyone intricately designed by Him... it makes you wonder, doesn't it.
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2012, 05:06:26 PM »
Sam you have a fertile imagination. You could write sci-fi novels.

I try to write science fiction and horror novels but I am not disciplined enough for the task. I get part way but do not manage to finish. I have finished a few shorter stories thinking they could become movies but I would want creative control. The movie industry doesn't do that for unknowns. So it would mean finding the money and making them myself. Not exactly easy for the average person and extremely difficult for me.

So currently my work is either unread/unseen or used for the role-playing games I run.
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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2012, 03:35:11 AM »
This thread makes me itchy.

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Re: Cordyceps Fungus
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012, 04:18:41 AM »


This parasitic wasp is pretty amazing too. It turns its host into a zombie (ya know, without "Bath Salts"...)
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