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Cthulhu fhtagn! Indescribably terrifying microbes named for H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters

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Suckling unnamable ichor as they slither through the viscous, shrieking madness of the intestinal tracts of lunatic termites, a pair of incomprehensibly monstrous single-celled organisms have been named after the creations of the early 20th century science fiction pulp writer, H.P. Lovecraft.  

University of British Columbia press release quotes Erick James, a biologist a whose impious explorations into the forbidden have unwittingly revealed a terrifying vista of dread.

 “When we first saw them under the microscope they had this unique motion, it looked almost like an octopus swimming,” said James. 

Described in the current edition of the scientific journal PLOS ONECthulhu macrofasciculumque is named for Cthulhu, the towering cosmic entity with an octopus head and dragon wings who first appeared in Lovecraft's 1926 short story, "The Call of Cthulhu." The microbe's length is about a fifth of the width of a human hair – an unutterably degenerate human hair – and it has up to 20 flagella, lash-like protrusions that help it swim. Cthylla microfasciculumque is named for Cthulhu's secret daughter. It is slightly smaller, with only five flagella.

In addition to saturating the collective unconscious of mankind with the latent madness of unfathomable cosmic eons, both organisms play an important role in breaking down wood cellulose in the hindgut of the Reticulitermes virginicus termite. [continue, at your own peril]

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Best. Write up. Ever.

It's funny how the writers reporting about the find all try their hand at some Lovecraftian prose.

I got a kick out of it. 

I love it! And please I don't want to EVER hear again that scientists have no sense of humor. And the journalist who wrote this is brilliant :-)

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