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The 7 Most Terrifyingly Huge Things in the History of Nature

The 7 Most Terrifyingly Huge Things in the History of Nature
We may be the undisputed kings of the food chain, but when it comes to being pant-soilingly huge, we come up a bit short. We can hang out with tiny dogs and house cats until we feel like the T-Rex of our home -- but in the back of our mind, we know. Nature has produced terrifyingly huge and horrific organisms that could kill us without noticing, either by stepping on us, accidentally swallowing us the way we might swallow a fly or simply stopping our heart with sheer terror. A Crab as Big as Your Car They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Via Wikimedia CommonsIn this case, almost all of them are some variation of AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Japanese spider crabs, in what we can only assume is a cruel joke from God, possess all the most terrifying qualities of each of its namesakes. Long spindly legs to help it creep through your nightmares.A terrifyingly disproportionate body just to freak you out.The ability to trigger the primal arachnophobe inside us all. Via NHM And from crabs it has:

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