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  1. Vashta Nerada Fears Validated: Tiny Nightmare Bugs That Live Among Books Exist

    Hey! Who turned out the lights?

    So science has known about pseudoscorpions for a while, but we didn't know until just today that tiny, scary-looking bugs like to inhabit books and papers, so forgive us for having a bit of a moment. In return, we'll forgive you for taking a second to check how many shadows you've got.

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  2. World’s Largest Aquatic Insect Discovered In China, Needs An Appropriately Horrifying Name

    In before people saying it's not that big. In before you because you've probably been chomped by a giant bug.

    In the unofficial "eww, what is that weird bug" Olympics, several factors come into play--pure exoticism and number of limbs are of course important variables, but as always, size matters. A recently discovered as-yet-unnamed aquatic insect believed to belong to the mysterious Megaloptera order has been found in Middle Earth China, and I think we can probably go ahead and give it the gold medal right now. I'm sure it has a hoard somewhere to store it in.

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  3. AsapSCIENCE Makes a Compelling Case for Why We Should All Eat Bugs

    Let's see how many crickets we can fit in our mouths!

    Have you ever eaten bug? Actually, you probably have, but have you ever eaten one on purpose? AsapSCIENCE's latest video explains that maybe you should consider eating more of them. They also make a secondary case for why you should probably lay off the beef.

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  4. Hey, The Site is all New and Stuff. Let’s Talk (Tech).

    Deploy the gear! Establish a perimeter!

    Some of you may know who I am and some may not. I'm the lead developer here at Abrams Media. Right now I'm going to be the go between for you guys and the team back home. Come on inside and air your grievances.

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  5. Netflix Bug Mashes Summaries Together to Create the 10 New Must See Shows and Movies of 2014

    Almost Totally Excellent

    Netflix, this isn't a bug. It's a feature. Summary Bug is a twitter account that started documenting how their Netflix app would smash up the first four lines of a show or movie's summary with that last line of the next one.

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  6. Three Dimensional Embroidered Bugs Are Less Icky Than Real Insects

    I'll Allow It

    It's a miracle. Textile artist Claire Moynihan has created insects I would touch willingly. She calls her technique "a ‘freestyle’ form of 3D embroidery which can loosely be described as stumpwork." I call it, really cute bugs on balls.

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  7. Amazing Anatomically Correct Lego Insect Models… for Plastic Science!

    Don't Panic

    Sean and Steph Mayo (alias Siercon and Coral) built these Lego models of living insects (okay, so technically only most of them are insects, but they're at least all arthropods), some of which are so realistic that I'm actually getting the willies just looking at them. And that's a pretty impressive feat for something made out of prefab plastic pieces.

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  8. How, Uh, Romantic? Name a Bronx Zoo Cockroach After Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day

    Looking for a last minute Valentine's Day gift that's really unique? For just a $10 donation to the zoo, you can immortalize your sweetheart by naming one of the Bronx Zoo's 58,000 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches after them. You'll even get a fancy certificate you can send to remind them of what you've done, even if reminding anyone you care about that you named a roach after them doesn't seem like an advisable thing to do. You've got to give the zoo points for novelty on this one, because no one -- and I mean no one -- expects to be indelibly linked to a huge, noisy terror-bug for Valentine's Day.

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  9. Do You Think People Wear Bugs on Their Faces in the Capitol of Panem?

    Either way, Pixie Cold has just started a series of costume makeup that incorporates (dead) insects and beetles. And so we would have just used those pictures, but... some of her other art is just to pretty not to include. Many of her pictures are available as prints right here. From Nyan Cat, to Wonder Woman, to a creepy Cheshire Cat makeover, enjoy!

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  10. Seeing Is Believing: Just Looking At Ants, Bug Bites Can Make You Itch

    Does the picture above make your skin crawl? You're not alone. A recent study conducted by the University of Manchester found that visual cues -- such as being shown an image of an ant or a bug bite -- can provoke an itch response in people, even if they haven't felt a thing. In fact, you may not even need to see the itch inducing stimulus, as the same study found that just seeing another person scratch can make viewers feel that they also have an itch to scratch, suggesting that itching, like yawning, may be a socially contagious response.

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