As a duo of researchers in the U.K. report today in the journal Science, the issus also the first living creature ever discovered to sport a functioning gear Found: The First Mechanical Gear in a Living Creature by Popular Mechanics (Ft. William Herkewitz)

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This miniature marvel is an adolescent issus, a kind of planthopper insect and one of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom Found: The First Mechanical Gear in a Living Creature by Popular Mechanics (Ft. William Herkewitz)

The human body, to reflect, can be killed with a minute of 16Gs of force. The two milliseconds of 400Gs would utterly kill anyone.

The issus is part of the insect group that may better be known as a leafhopper. Typically, you will not find these in North America, but instead in Europe and North Africa.

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18-Eddie Johnson US Men's Soccer Qualifies for the 2014 World Cup With a Win over Mexico by Performance of the Day

Let’s take a look at Johnson’s clinic-perfect corner kick goal again:

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Nah, I'mma come clean, what I really hate about the music industry for real: I got so much bitches and I don't even know what to do with all of them A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown: Back & Forth (Part 1) by Noisey (Ft. A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown) 1

Looks like Rocky wasn’t lying!

“I love bad bitches, that’s my fucking problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fucking problem”

or

“Hold up, bitches simmer down”

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India's appropriately named Moon Impact Probe (alternately: Chandrayaan-1) crashed in 2008 A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

India’s efforts, due to its many social and economic issues, was widely protested. The program cost $90 million and ultimately succeeded in most, but not all of its goals. The broad aim was just to prove that India could reach the Moon; passing that hurdle, India began to focus on collaboration with other agencies rather than independent, and expensive, action.

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NASA got back in the moon-crash game big time A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

As it turns out, doing things other than crashing things into the Moon is expensive and dangerous! LADEE cost an estimated $100 million. The Mars Rover Curiosity? $2.5 billion.

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LCROSS mission of 2009, which was not unlike Goddard's original vision of lunar firebomb A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

LCROSS was semi-controversial, since it essentially was a giant bullet aimed at the moon, just to see what would happen.

Regardless, the measure was an amazing success — LCROSS proved that frozen water ice existed on the Moon!

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Though Ranger 4 did end up colliding with the dark side of the moon, accidently becoming the first American spacecraft to reach another celestial body (yay?) A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

Which, technically, counts as a success!

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NASA was only a year old when Luna-2 face-planted on the moon, and they rushed to catch up by initiating the Ranger program A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

That’s right: the Soviet Union beat NASA to the chase. Luna-2, as its name implies, was the second probe to visit the Moon from the country — Luna-1 missed its orbit and floated off into space.

The Ranger program succeeded in beating the Soviet Union’s effort 5 years later: not only did it satisfyingly crash into the Moon, but also took the first ever in-orbit picture of the lunar surface.

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The LADEE A Brief History of Kamikaze Lunar Missions by Motherboard

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