Nature is the Worst: 500 reasons you'll never want to go outside again

Nature is the Worst: 500 reasons you'll never want to go outside again

by E. Reid Ross


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500 of the most absurd and horrifying things that happen in nature!
Crashing waves, stunning sunsets, sprawling landscapes. Nature is beautiful, right? Wrong. Nature Is the Worst. Need proof?
  • The giant pitcher plant not only eats bugs, it's large enough to trap small mammals.
  • Almost 90 percent of the koala population in Australia has chlamydia.
  • A hailstorm in Bangladesh in 1986 killed 92 people with giant balls of ice weighing more than 2 pounds apiece.
  • Crocodiles can climb trees.
  • The poisonous Dracunculus vulgaris, or voodoo lily, smells like rotting flesh, looks like it's splattered in blood, and features a central black spike that can grow up to 4 feet tall.
  • Cats often kill their first litter.
  • A "haboob" is a biblically-huge wall of dust that can reduce visibility to zero, reach a height of 5,000 feet and stretch as far as 100 miles wide.
  • Vampire bats are totally real, and yes, they love blood.
Nature Is the Worst contains hundreds of cringe-worthy, shocking facts you never knew about nature that prove the world is a terrifying—and sometimes very strange—place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440599071
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 825,005
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

E. Reid Ross resides in Maryland and is a columnist/editor at Cracked. He’s no scientist, that’s for sure, but with a background in military intelligence and law enforcement, he’s not just the author this book needs, he’s exactly the one it deserves.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Denizens of the Deep and Lurkers of the Lakes 9

Chapter 2 Backstabbing Birds and Other Airborne Atrocities 47

Chapter 3 Pernicious Parasites and Baleful Bacteria 77

Chapter 4 Insidious insects, Surreptitious Spiders, and Other Vindictive Vermin 111

Chapter 5 Menacing Mammal Maliciousness 147

Chapter 6 Poisonous Plants and Fearsome Fungi 181

Chapter 7 Ravenous Reptiles and Appalling Amphibians 209

Chapter 8 Wrathful Weather and Other Nefarious Natural Phenomena 241

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