Why do bugs exist? That’s probably a very good selling point for an atheist. “If God exists, how do you explain bugs? Wouldn’t you think a loving God who cared about the souls He created in His image would want those souls to dwell on their planet WITHOUT horrifying, sometimes flying, creepy-crawly, OFTEN BITING, disgusting little monsters all over the place for no reason?” What response could anyone have? It’s like the watchmaker analogy but reverse and better. Related question: Why did this past week’s This American Life episode “Fear of Sleep” include a story about a family that consistently had to go to the emergency room to get cockroaches pulled out of their ears because their apartment was so badly infested? Because This American Life wants its listeners to be more afraid of bugs and what bugs can do to them in their sleep than they already are? Because This American Life hates its listeners so much?! Who knows. All I know is DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO OF A TRANSPARENT PRAYING MANTIS EATING A FLY!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Everything about that was a nightmare. Not one part of it wasn’t. I’m sorry. (I did tell you not to watch it, though.) (It’s all really totally on you.)

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Comments (30)
  1. Kelly, why can’t you ever post NICE videos of people eating things? Maybe someone eating something nice, like ice cream or something.

  2. I thought it was super interesting. Transparent animals and insects are fascinating! The scary music threw me a bit though.

  3. You got it, Kel!

  4. ugh. kelly! why?? why do you keep posting these? why do i keep watching them?? WHO AMONG US CAN EVER REALLY KNOW? let’s all just lie facedown on our living room floors until we forget how horrifying every single thing in the world is and also how much kelly HATES US APPARENTLY.

    • THERE ARE BUGS ON YOUR LIVING ROOM FLOOR. DO NOT LIE FACE DOWN ON IT.

      • OH, GOD, WHAT KIND OF HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE WORLD IS THIS??

        • BASICALLY THIS WORLD/LIFE IS THE SCENE IN LORD OF THE RINGS WHERE SHELOB, THE GIANT SPIDER, CHASES FRODO AND FRODO THINKS HE’S ESCAPED, BUT THEN SHELOB GETS HIM WITH HER STINGER ANYWAY.

      • I know this is unforgivably late, but I would feel bad if I supported this perfect response with an only an upvote when it deserves a million upvotes.

        Semi-tangent: I understand that all normally encountered surfaces are “gross” for lack of a better term, but floors are the grossest. I have no data backing this up, but I think floors are grosser than all the stuff that is held up as pinnacles of grossness (bathroom stall handles, etc).

  5. God put bugs here to teach us how to match day-glow pink with lavender, duh.

  6. I should film myself checking my mail every day so that Kelly can one day tell you not to watch the video of the giant spider and/or centipede unexpectedly running out of a mailbox.

  7. Do you know the part of this week’s TAL that made me the most upset? The part where the people would wake up in the middle of the night with an absolute sense of their own mortality that started in panic and ended in intense sadness and despair. DIDN’T NEED THAT TAL.

  8. Mantises are the most inherently kung-fu creature on the planet. They move like a leaves in the wind.

  9. Sweet mantis, but the way it gets darker as its body fills up with fly-bits (and you can see it pulsing down the body) was when shit got a little real for me

  10. Mmmmm. Fly.

  11. PETA must be so pissed at that Mantis.

  12. This should have had the #1 spot at this week’s petting zoo.

  13. Can you imagine? An animal eating another animal???

    This is less gross than your average episode of Man vs Food.

  14. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM

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