The BBC reports that northern England is currently under attack by exploding zombie caterpillars.
From the report:
Caterpillars are being killed by a bug which turns them into "exploding zombies", a wildlife expert has said. Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust said the skins of insects have been found on Winmarleigh Moss, near Garstang.
The caterpillars usually eat heather and bilberry but are being infected by a baculovirus which causes them to seek light so they climb up trees where they explode and the baculovirus is released to seek new hosts.
Fortunately higher animals such as humans are immune from such things ... or not!
Brexit should make it possible to confine the zombie outbreak to just this one isolated island, of little import. If confined to England, no major population centers should be affected.
The north will be protected by Hadrian's Wall. If that fails, Antonine Wall may be the last resort before all of Brexit falls.
God save the caterpillars.
On the other hand, it's too late for the crazy cat ladies.
They're turned into exploding zombies by crazy imams who infect them with powerful memes, and the videos of the explosion is then used to infect other healthy humans.
The caterpillars must be Muslim.
Got one at last [bbc.co.uk]!
Boss Hogg will be pleased.
Free publicity for Alien: Covenant Aug 15th bluray release: https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Covenant-DVD-DHD-Blu-ray/dp/B071YLX9D7 [amazon.com]
On behalf of Weyland-Yutani, Thank You baculovirus!
The blandest movie I ever watched - no amount of publicity's gonna make me buy that garbage on bluray
Bland is fair. But it wasn't garbage. Just unfocused with flat characterization since you had all that couples drama as partners were dying left and right without us being emotionally invested in any of them.
Overall, while I agree it's not worth a bluray seeing how rewatchabilty is pointless, you could easily do worse with other bargain-bin picksor a netflix video on demands.
Bland is fair. But it wasn't garbage.
To me, bland=garbage.Even with B-movies, I'm able to get a lol or two on the account of how unrealistic the scenario can be or how marionette-like the play of the actors. I used to have "bad movie nights" until all the movie rentals around went busted (no, I don't intend to netflix soon) but I still won't pick Alien Convenant a second time even if someone pays me for.
It can't always be caviar...
But it doesn't need be bland. Look, spices aren't that expensive [amazon.com]
"Dawn of the night of the day of the son of the bride of the return of the no longer walking dead because they all just 'sploded."
Movie script in the works. It'll be yuuuuge.
It's not clear if the "trick" of the virus is to get it to climb high up to be heated by the sun in order to explode (releasing virus copies), or if the virus causes it to directly explode and it's high up to spread further (spray wider before hitting ground), or being high is to be seen and eaten by birds so that birds spread the virus, or combo. If the purpose is to get eaten by birds, then exploding is not necessary, and thus may be a side-effect of being high (too much sun). Thus, what role do birds and sun play, if any? Birds were mentioned in passing only.
what role do birds and sun play, if any?
None.Scientists have replicated this phenomenon in a laboratory setting. I forget if they identified which viral proteins are responsible.
The viral protein necessary is known:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25443568/ [nih.gov]
What! You're actually imputing purpose to evolution?
We find these occasionally [teara.govt.nz] which is a similar type of thing, although infecting an underground caterpillar.
I believe there are other fungi that make the caterpillar climb up grass stalks to spread spores better. Seems like an awful way to die.