Sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the living is easy. We’d like to think of nature this way. But it moves in mysterious ways and it’s called Mother Nature for a reason.

You see, upon a closer look, things are hella odd and creepy out there. Think of it as a horror movie of its own league starring sci-fi-like creatures, unusual anomalies, bizarre plants and animals, and sightings that push you to the brink of saying "I’m out."

Bored Panda has compiled a spine-chilling fresh list for your next nightmare. Get ready for sweaty palms and don’t say I didn’t warn you. Before you are done and safely out of this whole ordeal, there’s part 1, part 2, and part 3 waiting one click away. No NOPEs allowed after this point.

#1

I Watched This Guy Fight Off A Bird 10 Times His Size. This Was His Victory Pose For A Good 10+ Minutes As The Bird Perched On A Power Line, Defeated

I Watched This Guy Fight Off A Bird 10 Times His Size. This Was His Victory Pose For A Good 10+ Minutes As The Bird Perched On A Power Line, Defeated

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
4 months ago

that's what Kung fu Panda does to you!

Jonathan Reiter
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

That's what Mantis Kung Fu does... T,FIFY...LOLZ! *don't take personally...

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

She. The large mantises are all females. And mantises are voracious predators

R L
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4 months ago

And they eat the male after mating.

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Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

Once I found one on the car while I was on my way to an appt. I put him inside in a little mesh basket and put him out on the lawn while I was at my appt. I came out and he didn't move. I carried him home and put him on a tree in my back yard and he nodded at me a few times and mosied up the limb. I guess He was home. Or she.

LeighPig
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4 months ago

This is my favourite story today!

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PaulV
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4 months ago

"Fame! I'm gonna live forever!"

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't forget to learn how to fly.

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Praying Mantis is my all time favorite insect. They’re so aware of you. If one perches on your hand, and you move your hand around, the mantis’ head will turn to keep looking at you. I like that.

MsM
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! Once, a praying mantis found its way inside my house. It was on a wall, and I walked up to it. It kept turning its head to look at me. Then I slowly reached my hand out and it crawled onto it. Then I took it outside. I miss my curious green friend.

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Confused Flamingo
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4 months ago

Mantis!!!!....i see Shifu taught you well

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

The Power of prayer!

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
4 months ago

It's more likely a she, and she may have just literally bitten her mate's head off. Don't mess with Mama Mantis! They're not scary, they're awesome!

Layla Corman
Community Member
3 months ago

I was just searching the comments because I was about to say the same thing! This beautiful mantis is most definitely a SHE! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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Tiffany Marie
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4 months ago

This is how I feel after my morning poop.

glowworm2
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4 months ago

I would have loved to have seen this--it sounds awesome!

MsM
Community Member
4 months ago

Me too. What an epic battle it must have been!

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Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Praying Mantis was the name when we were children. They dance if you play music. It's funny. We loved them.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
4 months ago

The Chinese style of martial art, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, wasn't names after this aggressive insect for nothing.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 months ago

Yo.......Adrienne!

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Karate mantis

CR Harvey
Community Member
4 months ago

Stunned by her own awesomeness.

TheDivineMs.M
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4 months ago

Mantis said "not today bird, not today."

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 months ago

So cool!!!!

Slinkman
Community Member
4 months ago

HAPPY MANTISMAN... WINS!

PhotoJenic12
Community Member
4 months ago

MANTIS KING.

Aneese
Community Member
4 months ago

Shoulda also posted a pix of the bird. And a vid of the fight. If no pix, it didn’t happen...

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
4 months ago

The good ol' Crane Pose! Thank you, Mr. Miyagi!

Geth
Community Member
4 months ago

That's probably a female, actually, not a male.

Edo Alva
Community Member
4 months ago

Master Mantis folks.

Raven
Community Member
1 week ago

lmao the pose is hilarious

Wyatt Warren
Community Member
3 months ago

get sum

Wyatt Warren
Community Member
3 months ago

come get sum

ej wey
Community Member
3 months ago

3 minutes later he mates and off with his head

CincyReds
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3 months ago

That is too freaking cool!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugly, but fascinating !!!

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
3 months ago

natures own conductor

Angela
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow I had no idea they were so amazing. Thanks for all the facts guys. I'm in the UK, I take it we don't get them here? X

Bob Connely
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's the long set of steps you ran up on, Rocky?

Nevi Løvfelt
Community Member
3 months ago

Daniel-san taking the stance. lol

Seabeast
Community Member
3 months ago

Tiny bug voice: "WOOOT!!!"

Debbie
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3 months ago

Yesss!

Remster Bingham V
Community Member
3 months ago

Some1 upvote this XD

Lisa Bo Bisa
Community Member
3 months ago

Cash me outside, how 'bout dat?

Nicolas Pilot
Community Member
4 months ago

Karate Kid

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

Mantids are the one insect that can take on Murder Hornets https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/07/praying-mantis-kills-eats-murder-hornet/ Badass!

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

Mantids are the one insect that can take on Murder Hornets https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/07/praying-mantis-kills-eats-murder-hornet/ Badass!

Heidi Wells
Community Member
4 months ago

They are badass

Stephen L. Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

This is actually a female mantis. The males are way smaller.

Kathryn Sutherland
Community Member
4 months ago

They’re tough little buggers. There was one that killed a murder bee by eating his head. Praying Mantises Rock!

kkathleen517
Community Member
4 months ago

You didn't try to help him?

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a "pet" like him in AZ. Badass bug for real.

Diane Westerman
Community Member
4 months ago

That is no bird! It is a small preying Mantis

Adriana_Slayz
Community Member
4 months ago

That's actually a girl.... the males are smaller and brown

Lorlie Ann
Community Member
4 months ago

The BIG question is, where did he sit & watch ROCKY?? 😏😂😂

Jahnabi
Community Member
4 months ago

Isn't it the mantis from kung Fu Panda?

AndersM
Community Member
4 months ago

Aaaadrian!!!

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
4 months ago

Sweep the leg!

Annie
Community Member
4 months ago

Her Kung-Fu is strong.

Iapetos
Community Member
4 months ago

Not victory pose. Threatening pose.

Night Owl
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks majestic. All hail our new king

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 months ago

Queen.

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Wilson K
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4 months ago

Shortly late a cyclist or skateboarder runs over it.

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#2

Bald Eagle Size vs. Grey Wolf, Caught On Trail Cam

Bald Eagle Size vs. Grey Wolf, Caught On Trail Cam

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Rissie
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4 months ago

This is just awesome, not a nope.

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#3

Whales Sleeping

Whales Sleeping

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engineer_nope.avi
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4 months ago

Whale-henge, a new attraction

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Our planet is populated with both odd and amusing plants and animals. Some of them have been surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some we still know little about. David Attenborough’s series “Natural Curiosities” has revealed the remarkable evolutionary traits behind some of the most mystical wonders of the natural world.

Some of the quirky animals include flamingos, who survive in hot volcanic lakes by filtering out microscopic algae; salamanders that can regrow entire limbs; problem-solving crows that design intricate tools; and hippos, who secrete a vivid red mucus that acts as sunscreen.

#4

Bees Killing A Murder Hornet By Raising Their Temperature In Order To Cook It Alive

Bees Killing A Murder Hornet By Raising Their Temperature In Order To Cook It Alive

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Christophe Beunens
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4 months ago

This is a bit like Murder on the Orient Express : The whole family is guilty

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#5

Your Chances Of Getting Killed By A Group Of Frogs Are Low But Never Zero

Your Chances Of Getting Killed By A Group Of Frogs Are Low But Never Zero

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engineer_nope.avi
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4 months ago

Frogs: "Hey there"

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#6

I Heard Some Noise On The Roof This Morning

I Heard Some Noise On The Roof This Morning

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Ruby McPherosn
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4 months ago

AUSTRALIA!!

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In an interview with Radio Times, David Attenborough recounted the particularly peculiar case of a greenfly that’s nearly all female. “Inside they are already pregnant. And inside the baby that’s inside the mother there’s another one. So you’ve got three generations all in one animal.” As bizarre as it sounds, that’s a very common insect we don’t really think of much.

#7

Then There Was This Guy

Then There Was This Guy

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 months ago

What is this? Is it a lizard?

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#8

I Think I Found The Entrance To The Spider-Verse

I Think I Found The Entrance To The Spider-Verse

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pei meow
Community Member
4 months ago

Thats kinda cool and creepy

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#9

I Noticed Some Shrimp Missing...

I Noticed Some Shrimp Missing...

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 months ago

I hate ants, but I have to admit, this is dedication

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#10

What, Exactly, Was The Sequence Of Events That LED To This?

What, Exactly, Was The Sequence Of Events That LED To This?

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80 Van
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4 months ago

The grey wolf must have won after all.

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#11

Here’s A Possum Yelling At A Bald Eagle

Here’s A Possum Yelling At A Bald Eagle

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engineer_nope.avi
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4 months ago (edited)

"I FREAKING TOLD YOU TO SHARE, MARK!"

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#12

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 months ago

Why don't you back up or help it enter another window?

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#13

Nature Is Scary As Hell

Nature Is Scary As Hell

The Sandbox Tree also known as the "Dynamite Tree" grows exploding fruits. When fully mature, they explode with a loud bang and fling their hard, flattened seeds at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and distances of over 60 feet. The shrapnel can seriously injure any person or animal in its path. As bad as this is, the exploding seed pods are only one of the ways that a sandbox tree can inflict harm.

The fruit of the sandbox tree is poisonous, causing vomiting, diarrhea and cramps if ingested. The tree sap is said to cause an angry red rash, and it can blind you if it gets in your eyes. It has been used to make poison darts.

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I Liek To Cute
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow. The person who said nature is beautiful has CLEARLY never seen this tree!

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#14

The Harpy Eagle's Huge Talons Can Be As Large As A Bear's Claws, And Its Legs Can Be Almost As Thick As A Man's Wrist

The Harpy Eagle's Huge Talons Can Be As Large As A Bear's Claws, And Its Legs Can Be Almost As Thick As A Man's Wrist

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Margaret Wells
Community Member
4 months ago

Seeing pics like this makes me wonder why we didn't realise birds evolved from dinosaurs years ago

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#15

My Mom Found This Skull With A Chrysalis Inside The Eye Socket

My Mom Found This Skull With A Chrysalis Inside The Eye Socket

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

Life from death, quite poetic

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#16

This Ice Looks Like An Eye

This Ice Looks Like An Eye

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engineer_nope.avi
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4 months ago

Eye see you.

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#17

Tick Season Is Here, Make Sure To Check Every Spot

Tick Season Is Here, Make Sure To Check Every Spot

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Ayça Güneş
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4 months ago (edited)

Poor doggie :(

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#18

Sphynx Cat With No Eyes

Sphynx Cat With No Eyes

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
4 months ago

Jesus, that scared me.

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#19

Cabbage Field In Japan

Cabbage Field In Japan

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Ruby McPherosn
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4 months ago

Huh, anyone else think of Alien 2?

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#20

If I Saw This In My Bathroom Corner, I’d Burn My House Down

If I Saw This In My Bathroom Corner, I’d Burn My House Down

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pei meow
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4 months ago

How big is that?!!!

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#21

My Friend Traveled To India. She Posted A Photo This Morning With The Caption "It's Going Well"

My Friend Traveled To India. She Posted A Photo This Morning With The Caption "It's Going Well"

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Lyop
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahaha, sigh.....(brings out the flamethrower from the suitcase...)

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#22

Mossy Frogs

Mossy Frogs

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KittyComics
Community Member
4 months ago

they look cute!

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#23

This... Bothers Me In So Many Levels

This... Bothers Me In So Many Levels

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Xavier Portillo
Community Member
4 months ago

I hear what you're saying.. but it's just trying to branch out.

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#24

The Scaly-Foot Snail Ingests The Toxic Magma-Fumes Of Hydrothermal Vents And Grows A Coat Of Organic Iron Plates

The Scaly-Foot Snail Ingests The Toxic Magma-Fumes Of Hydrothermal Vents And Grows A Coat Of Organic Iron Plates

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80 Van
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks like it's sitting on the iron throne.

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#25

Dried Frog And The Spider

Dried Frog And The Spider

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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4 months ago

This would be awesome for that girl's "Dead stuff collection" a few articles over!

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#26

A Rare Mutation Causing The Tentacles On The Octopus To Branch

A Rare Mutation Causing The Tentacles On The Octopus To Branch

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Lou Lopez
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4 months ago

Excuse me, but have you heard the dread word of Cthulhu?

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#27

Duet

Duet

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80 Van
Community Member
4 months ago

The snake looks like it has a human mouth and chin inside of it. Maybe if there human mouth opens, there will be another mouth inside of that one.

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#28

Ghost Mantis

Ghost Mantis

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KittyComics
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4 months ago

venom?

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#29

A Storm Literally Picked Up And Moved This Road

A Storm Literally Picked Up And Moved This Road

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SilverLining
Community Member
4 months ago

This happened in the lake District UK. Just purely from the force of the water

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#30

Deep Sea Worms Viewed Under Electron Microscope

Deep Sea Worms Viewed Under Electron Microscope

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LadyMarsh
Community Member
4 months ago

Audition for Tremor, bottom right got the part.

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#31

The Door I Had To Get Through Last Night To Get To My Room

The Door I Had To Get Through Last Night To Get To My Room

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RitaGG
Community Member
4 months ago

Nope, sleeping at Walmart tonight.

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#32

Teeth In A Squid Suction Cup

Teeth In A Squid Suction Cup

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spirit wolf
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4 months ago

Those are actually sharp gold grillz. Squid by day, rapper by night.

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#33

10,000 Year Old Skull Of An Extinct Giant Irish Elk Found By This Farmer

10,000 Year Old Skull Of An Extinct Giant Irish Elk Found By This Farmer

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Joseph O'Reilly
Community Member
4 months ago

yall why is everybody saying that the Earth is 5,000 years old? It's waaaaaaaaay older than that, and basing its age off of a calendar based in religion is quite likely to not be scientifically accurate. Please, for the love of all that is correct, stop saying the Earth is younger than we can soundly prove it is

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#34

Ants Squirting Acid At An Enemy

Ants Squirting Acid At An Enemy

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Slinkman
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4 months ago (edited)

'Three.. Two... One... ant a Happy New Year everyone!

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#35

Got Home From Work To Find This Tarantula Hawk Wasp Carting Off A Huntsman Spider

Got Home From Work To Find This Tarantula Hawk Wasp Carting Off A Huntsman Spider

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Lou Lopez
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4 months ago

Damn, nature! You scary!

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#36

Lacarria Masoniae Growing From An Opossum's Carcass

Lacarria Masoniae Growing From An Opossum's Carcass

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engineer_nope.avi
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4 months ago

Oh wow, that looks both amazing and terrifying

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#37

The Amount Of Growing My Snail Has Gotten Done In Under A Year. From A 4cm Shell To A 17cm Shell

The Amount Of Growing My Snail Has Gotten Done In Under A Year. From A 4cm Shell To A 17cm Shell

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

I saw snails the big on Okinawa Island. But then they became rare after a long drought.

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#38

A Human Foot After A Baby Diamondback Snake Bites It

A Human Foot After A Baby Diamondback Snake Bites It

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Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh you'll lose that toe. I always wonder when I'm at the shoe store and I find a box with two shoe sizes, one smaller than the other. Then I see people like this.

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#39

This Snake That Has Both Eyes In One Socket

This Snake That Has Both Eyes In One Socket

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

THat's why it is called "snake eyes" when you roll a pair of dice and get two ones.

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#40

Honey Combs In Spare Unit Of My House. This Is The 5th Time The Bees Are Back. Two Separate Colonies One On Either Side Of This Unit. Both Are Inside The Wall

Honey Combs In Spare Unit Of My House. This Is The 5th Time The Bees Are Back. Two Separate Colonies One On Either Side Of This Unit. Both Are Inside The Wall

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similarly
Community Member
4 months ago

Call a bee expert. Bee farmers will sometimes try to adopt them.

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