If you are a Half-Life fan, or a fan of really creepy light fixtures, then we’ve got the thing for you.
Before we go any further, let me just say something: I love anything having to do with aliens. There, I’ve said it. You may be thinking “yes, Megan, we know. You’ve already told us. We get it, you have total nerdgasms over aliens,” and while you may be right, you are being kind of judgy, and no one likes that.
Anyway, as a fan of Half-Life, I have a favorite creature. I’m sure you could guess what it is, but you have a bit of an attitude today, so I’ll just tell you. It’s the Barnacle.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Half-Life, it’s a series of first-person shooter video games based around the premise that a dimensional rift has caused a series of horrible creatures to enter and it is your job to pretty much survive while destroying things. It’s a pretty good time, you should check it out. For those of you who are cool, you are already familiar with the hell-beasts that are Cirripedia Donaldsonia, also known as the Barnacle.
He’s pretty cute, isn’t he? Well, he is the work of artist Daniel Ritthanondh, also known on DeviantART as Kilh. The Barnacle is a creature that hides on ceilings and overhangs and waits for individuals to bump into its horribly gross, and terribly sticky tongue that just dangles in wait. It’s like the mix between flypaper and a Venus fly trap; you stick to it, and then it devours you.
Lucky for you, the Barnacle is easy to kill with approximately five shots. It’s best to kill it from afar, but if you happen to become ensnared, you are capable of killing it before being devoured.
I really think the combination of the slimy and sticky looking barnacle with the housewife in the background sums up everything I love about being a nerd. We may like disgusting science fiction creatures, but we can also enjoy the humor associated with snarky housewives.