Leucochloridum paradoxum is a parasitic flatworm that cycles between two hosts: a snail and a bird. Adult worms live inside a bird?s rectum, eating the predigested wastes that pass by them and releasing eggs that leave the bird in its feces. The eggs don?t hatch immediately. Instead, they wait for a snail of the genus Succinea.
The eggs hatch inside the snail and release larvae that reproduce asexually. The snail fills up with larval worms. Most of them accumulate inside the snail?s foot and digestive organs, but some of them migrate into its tentacles. As the snail tentacles fill with larvae, they swell up, develop a set of brightly colored stripes, and start to pulsate. The snail now looks like it has one or two caterpillars sticking out of its head.
Leucochloridum changes the snail?s behavior, too. Normally, the snail likes to stay in the shade, where it?s harder for a predator to see it. But an infected snail climbs to the top of a plant and sits in plain view, waving its caterpillar-like tentacles in the air. Birds spot them, dive down for a snack, and get a mouthful of infective larvae.
“Gordian worm live inside crickets for long periods, feeding on the cricket’s diet. Once fully grown, they inject chemicals into the cricket’s brain brainwashing it and forcing it to kill itself by jumping into the water. Once in water, the worm wriggles out of the writhing body and swims off in search of a mate. “ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JutstmBivsc
The Guiness Book of World Records recognizes the Mexican DeJesus family as the hairiest family on Earth. Born with the rare condition hypertrichosis or Werewolf Syndrome,19 members have the genetic disease. This clip is taken from the American television show Guinness World Records: Primetime and aired February 9 1999. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtPG1OokzGo
This video is only good for comic relief. It is an episode of the US version of Whose Line is it Anyway. I hurt my stomach laughing so hard at this (the whole episode is thematic, but fast farward to about 7:00 for the funny skits).