September 8, 2011
Stranger Than Fiction
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In the rainforests of Thailand, a bizarre fungus parasitizes the brains of these carpenter ants. Once infected, the ant wanders aimlessly along the forest floor. Then one day, at high noon, the ant seeks out a leaf a certain height off the ground then bites its midrib with "the death grip". Its mandibles now incapable of opening, it hangs there until it dies. A day or two later, the fungus sprouts from its head, ready to infect another hapless ant.

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