1.Grossed out by the naked mole rat? TOO BAD. They're going to inherit the earth, so get ready.
2.First of all, you should know that naked mole rats live in highly sophisticated colonies underground in burrows. Those burrows can cover the amount of area equivalent to SIX FOOTBALL FIELDS.
3.Also, they have queens, and are one of the only two species of mammals that are eusocial, meaning that their biological and social organization is based on a hierarchy.
4.Oh, and if you ever thought human builders were impressive, you should know that naked mole rats dig ENTIRE CITIES with their teeth and noses!
5.You should also know that the queen is ALWAYS KNOCKED UP. Constantly pregnant. At all times.
6.And in case you're wondering why none of the other mole rats reproduce, it's because they use INTIMIDATION as a form of birth control.
7.While most of the queen's babies remain plebeian creatures, destined to dig forever, one promising female becomes THE PRINCESS MOLE RAT.
8.The princess is given privileges above the other babies in the beginning of her life, but once she reaches reproductive maturity it's her job to GO FORTH AND FIND LOVE.
9.OK, so another cool thing about naked mole rats? They have well-developed eyes, but their BRAIN HAS LOST THE ABILITY TO PROCESS SIGHT. Yep, that's right. They COULD see, but they've just evolved to a point of not needing to.
10.Also? Naked mole rats are much less reliant on oxygen than other mammals are. They can go for several minutes without it and brain activity can be fully restored afterward, unlike other animals that suffer brain damage.
11.Naked mole rats eat the roots of large plants and expand their burrows to find more food. Also, if need be, they can eat their own feces.
12.Oh, also? They feel no pain. NO PAIN.
13.And if you thought that was impressive, you should also know that the naked mole rat DOESN'T GET CANCER.
14.Naked mole rats also have impressively long lifespans, living up to 20 or 30 YEARS.
15.Though glorious creatures, they do have one kryptonite: TEMPERATURE.
16.So prepare yourselves: Naked mole rats will probably take over the world and you will have no choice but to accept it.