Lotus roots are a classic trigger for people that don’t like little holes, and this one is taking things up a notch. Lotus roots are apparently quite good fried, but this thing looks like one of those infinite fractal designs that are trying to send a shiver down your spine.
How did a little lotus root get inside an enormous lotus root? We aren’t root-ologists. Ask someone else. That said, we’re going to have to go with “This plant wants to freak you out.” Well, mission accomplished. It’s time for you to go into some hot oil and be gross.
A Fungus Made for Fear
Well, it's a good thing that fungus can't come and get you while you're sleeping. That would be pretty terrible, and we hope nobody has those kinds of nightmares! Unfortunately, this parasitic fungus (Cyttaria Gunnii) still makes lots of tiny little holes, and that whole parasitic thing isn't exactly what we want to hear, either.
They look like eggs, but you don't want to make any omelets out of these things. We're sure this fungus is essential for some ecological reason – they break down dead cells or something like that – but we still don't have to enjoy looking at it.
A Fresh Batch of Fear Bread
Many people will sit at their favorite Ethiopian restaurant with a rumbling stomach and a healthy appetite. People with trypophobia, however, will have a little more on their minds. The bread with many holes you see here is called "injera," Rumor is it tastes lovely, but there are still a lot of tiny little holes where something scary could be hiding.
Best-case scenario, it hides some delicious sauce. Worst case, we're going to have to go with bugs. Pretty much every worst-case has to do with bugs. Think of one – it can still be worse if it doesn't have bugs.
Ah, the Flamethrower's Next Target
We hear that these little things are eggs. Eggs for what? Our best guess is that they are from the vaporer moth. The females are wingless (which feels like something that makes it not a moth, but whatever) and lay eggs on webs full of irritating hairs.
The females then die shortly after. They look like little cheerios, but your spoon shouldn't get near these things. Soon, they'll burst open and disgorge lots of little worms, which will spread all over and cover everything. Oh, sorry. We forgot about the whole trypophobia thing for a little bit.
Full of Food for the Winter
Woodpeckers do something particular, and it's right there in the name. They slam their sharp beaks into the wood over and over, digging holes to fetch yummy bugs. However, they also drill those holes so they can hide acorns and other nuts away for the lean months.
This is great for woodpeckers, other birds, and any creature that needs a snack, but people with trypophobia must avoid specific trees during their evening walks. Woodpeckers sometimes will also peck at a wood siding because they're super dumb, but some people dislike these birds even more than everyone else. Work it peckers!