9 Things That That Are Able to Control Minds

9 Things That That Are Able to Control Minds

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You are getting very very sleepy. When I snap my fingers, cluck like a chicken! Now, go make me a sandwich! Hmm, didn’t work, did it? Well, fine, I can’t control minds. But there are creatures out there that actually
can! Hey, just take, for instance… 1. Japanese oakblue caterpillars
Before they become butterflies, caterpillars need not only lots of food but also not to
become food themselves. And these particular ones gained a really
awesome skill to protect themselves: they control ants. Japanese oakblues secrete a sweet substance
that ants love, and this makes them more aggressive. Since they don’t want to lose their precious
source of sweetness, they’ll protect the caterpillar with everything they’ve got. In fact, researchers found that ants become
sort of addicted to the secretions and get mad if something threatens the caterpillars. Well, I would too if someone tried to snatch
my cake right from under my nose! 2. Braconid wasps
While Japanese oakblue caterpillars found a way to get rid of predators by creating
their own army of ants, others become unwilling minions themselves. Braconid wasps sting caterpillars and inject
their eggs into their bodies. Caterpillars shrug it off like it’s nothing
and go on with their lives. But two weeks later, the eggs hatch, and wasp
larvae emerge, taking over control of the caterpillar. Don’t get me wrong: the insect is alive
and well, it just begins to act like it’s got a duty to protect its “kids.” It furiously attacks anything that comes near
them until they become fully-grown wasps. Now that’s what I call foster-parent love! 3. Jewel wasps
Nobody likes cockroaches, right? Well, these wasps do! They like roaches so much that they give their
own kids to them…sorta. You see, jewel wasps (also known as Emerald
cockroach wasps) first sting a cockroach to make it behave. It’s like a slap on the head – the roach
is fine but kind of embarrassed. It doesn’t know why it should be, though,
but that doesn’t matter. The wasp then takes it by one of its antennae
and walks it to a burrow where it lays a single egg on the roach’s belly. The insect then stays in the burrow until
the wasp larva hatches, all the while keeping it safe and sound. Mamma wasp, in the meantime, calmly goes about
her business, knowing that her cockroach nanny will do all the work for her. Basically, it’s like taming a wild animal
and handing your kids over to it! Hmm, I suppose jewel wasps aren’t the most
responsible of parents… 4. Zombie fungus
No, this fungus isn’t zombified – it does the zombifying on others! More specifically, carpenter ants seem to
be its favorite target. It all begins with a single ant inhaling a
spore of the fungus. After some time, the spore grows and the ant
becomes less ant and more fungus. In the end, a sprout shoots from the back
of the unfortunate ant, and that’s where the fungus finally wins. It takes control over the insect’s mind
and body, making it go to a very specific location with conditions that suit the fungus
best. And when they’ve finally reached the desired
spot, the fungus starts shooting out spores to get more ants going its way. So it’s more like a free-loading, hitch-hiking,
zombifying fungus! Sheesh, dude, just call an Uber… 5. Spiny-headed worms
These guys have found a really elaborate way to survive. Adult spiny-headed worms live their whole
life in the guts of starlings and remain largely unnoticed. It’s just that, being parasites, they can’t
survive without a host. But what’s fascinating about them is how
they get there. You see, a starling’s favorite food is pill
bugs. But these little crawlers are really hard
to find since they like dark, damp places. However, they have a real taste for, uh, starling
droppings. Guess what they often find in a fresh meal? Right you are: worm eggs. A pill bug eats those eggs and goes about
its bug business for some time. Then, the eggs start to hatch, and worms grow
inside the bug’s body. They soon outgrow their 14-legged mobile home,
and that’s where the madness begins. Spiny-headed worms take control over the pill
bug’s mind and body, and a normally secretive insect leaves its cozy dark nest and heads
out into the open. That’s when a starling notices the unlucky
bug and eats it – and that’s exactly what the worms inside it wanted all along. Now they have a bigger host that can fit them
more comfortably, and the cycle goes on and on… 6. Acacia trees
So far, you’ve heard about mind-controlling animals and insects, but how about a mind-bending
plant? Acacia trees have a very weird kind of relationship
with the ants living on and around them. (Again, it’s always the poor ants!) The tree produces two kinds of substances:
one that’s really sweet-tasting and awesome for ants, and the other that repels them like
nothing else. Juggling between the two, acacia can draw
the ants where they’re most needed. For example, if some wood-burrowing insects
attack the trunk of the tree, the acacia will produce the sweet sap in that specific place
and the bitter one everywhere else. The ants are naturally attracted to the sweetness,
and when they see wood-eaters, they attack relentlessly. (They really like to protect their tasty treats,
don’t they?) But that’s not all! If there’s a plant nearby that’s threatening
the acacia tree, it can send the ants to cut off its leaves, making it wilt in the sun. Sounds like full-blown plant warfare! 7. Xenos larvae
These parasitic insects live their entire life in the belly of a wasp. A xenos quietly lies in wait until a wasp
lands nearby, and then jumps it from below, quickly getting inside its body. The wasp doesn’t even realize what’s going
on until it’s too late. Now, wasps are social creatures, and they
form colonies. Infected wasps, however, become uninterested
in their colony and fly away – but not just anywhere. They go to a meeting place with other infected
wasps! The parasites inside them make the insects
change their behavior so that they can meet up for mating. When they’re done with all that, they ride
the wasps back to their old colonies and start the hunt again. Think I’m starting to see a pattern with
these freeloading hitch-hikers… 8. Orchard spider wasps
Orchard weaver spiders are quite common in North America, and they’re just like any
other arachnid – spinning their webs and munching on unlucky insects. What’s crazy about this species is the way
they get attacked by parasitic wasps. Such a wasp will land on a spider’s back
and sting it. While the spider is knocked out, the wasp
just nonchalantly lays some eggs on it. When the orchard spider comes around, it just
goes about its business like nothing happened, probably thinking, “Man, I had the weirdest
dream…” Eventually, the eggs hatch, and the wasp larvae
start quietly gnawing on the spider. How hard can it be to notice something a quarter
of your size biting you? Well, it seems that it takes more than a couple
of munches for the spider to pay attention. Where’s the mind-control in all that, you
ask? It starts when the larvae get big enough. They make the spider stop spinning its web
and lie calmly while they get the necessary food. When that’s done, the spider has to sit
back and watch these baby wasps use its web as a cocoon. Imagine going through all that trouble just
to have the house you built with your own hands taken away from you by a bunch of kids! Rough… 9. Toxoplasma
These things aren’t animals or insects – they’re microscopic organisms. Toxoplasmosis is a condition that anyone can
get, but it all usually starts with cats. Yes, our feline companions are the only animals
the toxoplasma can reproduce in. And they get into a kitty’s belly in a most
unusual way. We all know that mice and cats are natural
enemies, right? So when a mouse smells a feline nearby, it
runs away. However, when a mouse eats something that
contains toxoplasma, the tiny parasites make the rodent keen on the scent of cats. How insidious! Now that our Mr. Mousie thinks that cats are
its best friends, it gets attracted to them. Ah, it was good knowing ya, little guy. A cat catches the brainwashed mouse, and the
crafty toxoplasma parasites finally find their new home: the feline’s intestines. But if you think that’s it, just wait! Toxoplasma has been proven to affect the human
brain too! In fact, toxoplasmosis sometimes causes neurological
disorders and serious changes in behavior. So it’s probably the only parasite that
can control human minds as well as animals’. That could be a nice horror flick… Beware of the tox! Do you know of any other superpowers different
creatures possess? Tell me about them down in the comments! Don’t forget to give this video a “like,”
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