Have you heard of Terraformars? It’s this amazing science fiction anime which pits humans with insect powers again giant Martian cockroaches – and there’s a live action movie out now! While you may think that insect powers means feelers, mandibles and secreting disgusting liquids that should never see the light of day, the fact is that some insects have incredibly useful abilities. I mean, why else would Spider-Man, Ant-Man, and The Green Hornet be so popular, right?

So here are some insect abilities that would be really useful on on our island nation. Heck, they’ll be useful anywhere!

1. Strength of an ant

Ant strength. Credit: io9

Ant strength. Credit: io9

We’ve all heard that an ant can lift up to 50 times its own body weight (hey, how come Ant-Man didn’t have that power in his movie?) – so imagine if you could lift at least 2,500 kg! But the truth is that while they can lift that amount, they can actually support up to 5,000 times their own body weight (although lifting it onto their bodies is the problem here) and still move! It’ll come in useful when you’re lugging your laptop to work and back.

Also, no worries about passing Standing Broad Jump with your increased stre – oh right, it’s not in the IPPT any more. Darn.

2. Cold light powers of a firefly

Glow of the fireflies. Credit: Old European culture

Glow of the fireflies. Credit: Old European culture

In hot, humid Singapore, any way to cut down on heat generators is invaluable. And one source of heat that’s ubiquitous is the humble light bulb. It creates light and heat. But how about harnessing a firefly’s light producing abilities, which don’t generate heat at all? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a lightbulb that doesn’t heat up the house or make you sweat! Become Firefly-Man then!

It’ll be bright, cool, and even help you to save on that pesky air-con bill.

3. Sting of a bee

Bee sting. Credit: Slate

Bee sting. Credit: Slate

This is terribly mean, but you know when a bee’s sting would come in useful? When you have commuters who keep intruding your personal space. Let’s face it, while we may try our best to stay out of the faces of fellow MRT passengers, they don’t always share that same courtesy. Sometimes, it’d be really nice to have a bee sting poking outwards, just so that we have some breathing room on the train.

You might even have the ability to produce honey if you have bee powers!

4. Compression ability of a cockroach

Is your skin crawling yet? Credit: National Geographic

Is your skin crawling yet? Credit: National Geographic

Cockroaches are known to be able to squeeze to half their height to crawl through small spaces. This makes them the perfect spies and scouts, especially if you work for the Internal Security Department. But just being able to squeeze through a narrower door means that when you’re cleaning the house, you can finally reach into those nooks and crannies and clean out those hard to reach areas. You’d be an amazing housekeeper in no time!

Also, it means you can squeeze more people into a taxi.

5. Eyesight of a housefly

Compound eyes. Credit: Digital Photographer

Compound eyes. Credit: Digital Photographer

Houseflies have the Esplanade compound eyes, which affords them a greater field of vision and and the ability to detect faster movement. Think of a DSLR camera with a wide-angle lens and fast shutter speed and you’ll have an expensive, electronic version of a compound eye. That’s going to be incredibly useful when you’re queueing up, especially at FairPrice supermarketes on Tuesdays when they have the Senior Citizens Discount, because you’ll be able to spot the fastest moving queue from afar and immediately gun for it, rather than being stuck far, far away.

Why is it that the queue we’re in is always the slowest?

Terraformars. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Terraformars. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Fortunately, we aren’t called upon to battle giant evil insects like the heroes in Terraformars! They’ll not only have to stop the giant cockroaches (which are the titular Terraformars), but they’ll also need to figure out a way to colonise Mars. Catch these outer space adventurers in Terraformars, and see how creative they can get with their insect powers!

 

Credits: i09, Old European culture, Slate, National Geographic, Digital Photographer, Golden Village Cinemas