Comcast Provides Free Roach Infestation with Cable Installation

Max Read · 01/04/12 02:55PM

Antonio Munoz of Aurora, Ill., "mite" have been a little bit "bugged" after Comcast installed a new cable box in his home! Why? Because it was filled with cockroaches! "Bugged"! Ha! No, literally, his cable box was filled with cockroaches.

Monster Cockroach Can Jump

Maureen O'Connor · 12/14/11 10:20AM

A team of scientists have discovered the horrible monster bug from all New Yorkers' nightmares. The "leaproach" is a cockroach capable of sailing short distances through the air and landing, possibly, on your face:

Record-Breaking Oklahoma Quake Causes Freaky Mass Bird, Bug Flight

Max Read · 11/06/11 09:05AM

Oklahoma got hit by a record-breaking 5.6-magnitude earthquake last night—its second in as many days—and while there were no injuries or major damages, it could be felt as far away as Wisconsin. And as if two earthquakes in Oklahoma wasn't end-days enough, here's a video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That big green splotch? That's all the birds and bugs in the area taking to wing in numbers so big they got picked up by the radar. [NewsOK, radar graphics via NOAA]

Here Are the 'Hairy Crazy Ants' Invading the South

Max Read · 10/01/11 03:27PM

As Americans slowly masturbate their pudgy, formless bodies into oblivion, it has become increasingly clear that soon a new species will arise to fill the void once occupied by the only race to have set foot on the moon. And, lo, here is that species: The "Hairy Crazy Ant."

Nothing Can Stop the Nasty Beetle Invasion

Hamilton Nolan · 09/29/11 04:40PM

Beetle colors! Beetle invasion! Clam fish! Beetle fighting! Beetle resignation! Beetle fear! Beetle immigration! Penguin smell! And beetle beetle beetles all up in your house! It's your Thursday Science Watch, where we watch science—creepily!

New Infinity Math Is So Over Your Head, Just Forget It

Hamilton Nolan · 08/01/11 04:36PM

New math! Fancier chips! Higgs Boson! Humongous fungus! Acid bases! Sea monster! Asteroid pictures! Fecal bleed! And everyone's best friend is dropping in for the summer! It's your Monday Science Watch, where we watch science—not that you would understand!

'Asexual' Ants Actually Total Whores

Hamilton Nolan · 07/19/11 04:26PM

Ant sex! Bacteria attack! Sleep screwing! Quantum internet! Atlantis shuttle! Safe playgrounds! Disappearing diamonds! Star formation! Asteroid scars! And the bug that haunts your every waking moment! It's your Tuesday Science Watch, where we watch science—on the down low!

This Manhattan Mailbox Has Been Completely Taken Over by Bees

Brian Moylan · 05/31/11 03:54PM

The sidewalk at Mulberry and Grand Streets near Little Italy was closed down for several hours today so that beekeepers could remove a swarm of bees that descended on a mailbox on the corner. Apparently this is a natural phenomenon that happens this time of year when hives get overcrowded. Well, just because it's natural doesn't mean it isn't creepy.

An Evil Movie Theater Conspiracy Is Ripping You Off

Ryan Tate · 05/23/11 03:04PM

Movie theater owners have been caught routinely running 2D movies through dark 3D lenses, ruining the quality. And they refuse to talk about the apparently widespread problem. As if you needed another reason to skip the overpriced, advertising laden cinema.

There Are Not Bugs Crawling Under Your Skin, You're Just Crazy

Hamilton Nolan · 05/17/11 04:42PM

Beyond happiness! Dangerous hospitals! Depressed moms! Tinnitus findings! Morgellon's disease! Skin cancer! Binge drinking! Horse herpes! And coffee men for good prostate love! It's your Tuesday Health Watch, where we watch your health—creepily!

Bedbugs With Superbugs Discovered

Maureen O'Connor · 05/11/11 03:59PM

Bedbugs carrying a drug-resistant MRSA germ have been discovered in Vancouver. It's unclear whether the bedbugs can give the germ to humans—we might have even given it to them—but the story is pretty close to the platonic ideal for public health panics. (Needs more obesity.) It's a fractal of insidious bugs! Zoom in, zoom out, on the micro level, on the macro level: Bugs! A bugaboo of bugs, butt-ugly and bugging us until we bug out.

Hummingbird-Sized Ant Fossil Discovered in Wyoming

Max Read · 05/03/11 09:41PM

Paleoentomologist Bruce Archibald has identified a Wyoming fossil as a "monstrously big ant." How big? About the size of a two-inch hummingbird, as you can see above. So, yes, "monstrously big."

New Life Form Discovered in Truck Stop

Max Read · 04/27/11 06:47PM

Who knew that truck stops were good for something besides anonymous sex? And stopping your truck, of course. But, Scientific American tells us, truck stops are also good for discovering new life forms. (No, not like that. Don't be gross.)