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.
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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
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