Well, we made it. Or I suppose we’re about to make it: This Friday we’ll be publishing the 100th Absurd Creature of the Week! Ah, the memories. All the parasitic mind control, the dismemberment, the weird sex, the occasional cute critter when folks around here start whining about me only writing about the horrors of the animal kingdom. It’s been a hell of a ride so far, and I thank all you readers, plus the scientists who have taken time to answer what must have been some very annoying questions.

To celebrate, for the next three days we’ll be publishing some retrospectives. That’s right: It’s a clip show. Today it’s the most now-I’m-doubting-there’s-a-just-god creatures I’ve profiled so far—from giant chompy worms that give the ocean a bad name to three-foot-wide crabs that eat kittens.

As per the usual, you can browse the full Absurd Creature of the Week archive here. And if you have an animal you want me to cover, email me at [email protected] or ping me on Twitter (@mrMattSimon).

For now, enjoy the existential terror that is nature.

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