Tuesday, August 4, 2020

"Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus"

When posting Saturday's "Mind-controlling fungus makes zombie cicadas lure other cicadas to a zombie fate" I had the nagging sense of having been down the parasitic fungus zombifying horny cicadas path in a previous life.

And bingo, as posted in September 2019:
Sounds like good advice.
The headline is via Harper's Twitter feed:

While more of the story is available on ScienceDaily:

'Flying salt shakers of death:' Fungal-infected 'zombie' cicadas
If cicadas made horror movies, they'd probably study the actions of their counterparts plagued by a certain psychedelic fungus.
West Virginia University researchers have discovered that a cicada fungus called Massopora contains chemicals similar to those found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The fungus causes cicadas to lose their limbs and eccentric behavior sets in: Males try to mate with everything they encounter, although the fungus has consumed their genitals and butts.
Despite the horrid physical state of infected cicadas, they continue to roam around freely as if nothing's wrong, dousing other cicadas with a dose of their disease.
You've heard of "The Walking Dead." This is "The Flying Dead....MORE
Based on some of the responses to the Harper's tweet the warning may have come too late.
As to the state of the commenters genitalia and butts I have no clue. 
So there you go.
Showing once again why Climateer Investing is your link to all things hypersexual, psychoactive, limbless fungal-infected, zombie, cicada.