The 5 Most Hated Creatures on the Planet (Don't Deserve It)

Cockroaches, wasps, rats, mosquitoes, and E. coli bacteria. All horrible creatures, right? Maybe not so much. Cracked spells out how each of these things benefits us and the planet we live on. It might not make you feel good about them, but maybe you will understand them a little bit better. Link -via Gorilla Mask

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@kg: i am, too, hating mosquitos with all my heart, mainly because they seem to prefer me above all other blood sources in the general vicinity every time.

but face it: nature didn't grow around us to kindly prepere our way to the stars or paradies or whatever we seem to think waits for a bunch of naked apes at the end of the way. we are but one product of a complex system. yes, people die because of malaria. but if we where to take a vital component out of the biosphere just because we deem it nasty, we could very well face much bigger threats to our survival as a species because of the resulting chain reaction.

it was that articles purpose to show, just because something's ugly or bad for you, it's not bad in general. i for myself feel a bit humbled by some of it's arguments.
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According to the World Health Organization, a child dies from malaria every thirty seconds. I'm sure their families will be convinced that mosquitoes have gotten a bad rap...give me a break.
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and no-see-ums.

I love the idea of mosquitos being a part of a nutrient redistribution system, though. And a reminder to all that those large bugs that look like mosquitos? They are actually Mosquito Hawks, as we call them, and they are your ally against mosquitos. Spare them.
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