Zombie Ants infected by fungus

Zombies exist.  Zombies are real.  Science has now proven it!

There are many theories on how zombies are made – and much controversy on if they are in fact real.  For those who doubt in the existence of zombies – get ready for this one.  There is a type of fungus that actually makes zombies!  What do I mean when I say it makes zombies?  I mean that the fungus actually takes over both the mind and body of the infected.  The fungus CONTROLS whatever it infects.  There are two weird (and true) things about this- 1.) that a FUNGUS (a PLANT!!) is actually turning living things into zombies and “controlling” them… the other is actually very interesting and is that – 2.)  the fungus so far it has only been found to infect ants.

The zombie-turning fungus is called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (for those of you who don’t believe in it, do a quick google search and you’ll find all sorts of scientific articles on it).  Apparently the fungus attaches to the ants, grows inside of it, and makes the ants do and act in certain ways – it basically controls the ants behavior so that it goes to a certain part of a plant and bites it in places where the fungus can grow.  Apparently, the whole time the ant is under complete control of the fungus.  Often, when the fungus is done with the ant, it kills it.

So, the interesting thing here is, if you still don’t believe in zombies, think about this question… if a fungus can turn an ant into a zombie, wouldn’t you think that there is something (fungus, or otherwise) that can turn a person into a zombie?



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39 Responses

  1. Aconissa says:

    @Lunar: Thanks again. BTW, my comments on American Werewolf in London remake post keep awaiting moderation, so I’ll reply here. I cant try the trick cause I have no straws at home

  2. Lunar says:

    Yeah its something with that one. Mine awaits moderation there as well. 🙂 just some interesting fact that is probably useless information to know

  3. Aconissa says:

    @Lunar: Now I do know, I’m glad. I can show my friends at school.

  4. Lunar says:

    🙂 Glad to help. I take it you finally got the chance to try it.

  5. Aconissa says:

    @Lunar: Unfortunately no, but I will asap.

  6. Lunar says:

    >.< loving this really!

  7. Lunar says:

    >.< loving this really!.

  8. Ansy says:

    This is the cordyceps life strategy, not a passing thing. If the cordyceps depended on infection of humans to reproduce, it would have to be common and often and the evidence of human zombies would be before us. Are you willing to volunteer to see what this fungus would do to you?

  9. Lunar says:

    My loving this really was at the copy cat. You would need a human as you said. So I’m not an option.

  10. Kevkas says:

    y wud u want 2 even tamper with something like that? do u realize the effect it cud have?

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