Hey Shark Week, sharks are cool, but they’re not even close to being the deadliest animal.
FRESHWATER SNAILS WEEK! IS ALL OF JANUARY ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL!
Seriously though, this is messed up. Check out Gates Notes to read up on what needs to be done…and on what’s being done.
Every time I hear about how many people mosquitoes have killed since the dawn of man, I shake my head in disbelief. According to Vsauce, roughly HALF of all people who have ever died have died from mosquito bites!
Although it’s not really the mosquito that’s killing people, but the protozoan parasites Plasmodium falciparum and/or vivax. Vicious, bloodthirsty Plasmodia!! Does your bloodlust know no bounds?
I’d also recommend listening to this recent Radiolab episode, “KILL ‘EM ALL”, which asks the question if you could kill all the mosquitoes on Earth, would you? It’s embedded below:
Finally, if you have a strong constitution, click here to see what it looks like from the inside when a mosquito’s mouth parts are searching for a blood meal. Tiny vampire swords!