The Earth opened a new front in its war against the human race this season. This time it's giant hornets, which have killed dozens and injured hundreds in China.
Here's a photo from Gawker, with the helpful caption "This [or These] Hornet[s] Will Be the Last Thing You See Before You Die":
CNN, world leader in real-life Gothic terror, shared some stories by survivors:
More than three minutes. There's more:
Chen Changlin was hospitalized after being attacked by hornets, while harvesting rice last week. "I ran and shouted for help, but the hornets chased me about 200 meters, and stung me for more than 3 minutes," he recounted to the state-run China Youth Daily.
Worse, the critters seem to relish our fear:
Chen said hornets had first swarmed a woman and child working nearby, who then ran towards him. Both later died from the hornets' toxins.
Awesome detail there, CNN. And more more epic horror story:
"The more you run, the more they want to chase you," said another victim, whose kidneys were ravaged by the venom. When he was admitted to the hospital, his urine was the color of soy sauce, according to local reports.
Earlier this month, 30 people -- including 23 primary school children aged between six and eight years -- were injured in a hornet attack in Guangxi province, south of Shaanxi. Their teacher, Li Zhiqiang, told his students to hide under tables as he tried to drive away the insects before he lost consciousness. The school's headmaster told local media that most of the injured suffered stings to their heads, necks, hands and feet.
Plus some fun details about the hornets:
The species feed their young with the larvae of other insects and use their talons and mandibles to sever the limbs and heads of their prey. The hornet's venom sting is a neurotoxin so powerful that it dissolves human tissue [emphases added]
No word from the United Nations about a possible human surrender. Yet.