· May 17, 2015 at 10:14 am
The trap-jaw ant has a won notorious reputation in the insect kingdom for its super-strong, spring-loaded mandibles, which it uses to crush prey with ease and defend its nests.
However, a new study, reported in PLOS ONE, has revealed a whole new use for its impressive jaws: flinging itself out of “death traps” set by predators.
Research carried out by Fredrick Larabee and Andrew Suarez, entomologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, compounds earlier findings from 2006, which showed that trap-jaw ants could use their lightning-fast mouths for “ballistic jaw propulsion”—in short, opening their jaws to 180 degrees before snapping them shut at 140 miles per hour.
More scientific evidence that mouths are for more than just eating.
See also: Dragged itself around by its teeth.
· May 16, 2015 at 7:27 am
A 33-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged with killing his stepfather by giving him an atomic wedgie, that caused the victim to suffocate on his own underwear. He pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree manslaughter.
Brad Lee Davis was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Denver St. Clair in a drunken family fight at a residence just east of Oklahoma City, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office said in an arrest affidavit obtained on Wednesday.
Police arrested Davis on Tuesday. The affidavit said he ‘grabbed St. Clair’s underwear and gave him an atomic wedgie. Davis allegedly pulled the elastic waistband of St. Clair’s underwear over his head and around his neck.’
No sentencing date mentioned.
· May 16, 2015 at 7:18 am
Why do people in horror movies never act like they’ve seen a horror movie?
Deep thoughts on this Saturday morning.