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[–] Bindlestiff 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

some scientists almost wiped out every living thing on the face of the earth when they made a bacteria that excreted alcohol.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18503_how-biotech-company-almost-killed-world-with-booze.html

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

That article is garbage but holy fuck that's terrifying.

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[–] RollinDaGrassTyson 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Anything from cracked is complete normie-tier garbage.

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[–] european 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Yeast excretes alcohol without creating ill effects

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[–] Fibbideh 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Except the yeast that does produce alcohol doesn't live in the root systems of every plant on earth and murder every plant it was tested to live on.

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[–] Laurentius_the_pyro 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I just read that and thought

"don't we already get all our alcohol from bacteria (or fungus or whatever yeast is)?"

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[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Futurama did an episode like that

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[–] i_scream_trucks 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

I like how a good number of scientists involved with the manhattan project honestly believed setting off the atom bomb would set the atmosphere on fire.

And did it anyway.

FOR SCIENCE!

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Look up Starfish Prime. Much of the world thought we'd irradiate the planet. The US said, "Hold my beer." We then punched space in the face with a nuclear bomb. The atmosphere over part of the Pacific glowed for nights afterwards.