Sciency Words: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s post is part of a special series here on Planet Pailly called Sciency Words.  Every Friday, we take a look at a new and interesting scientific term to help us all expand our scientific vocabularies together.  Today’s word is:


I like to believe there is a God and that everything in the universe serves some purpose, but bedbugs make me wonder. They don’t pollinate flowers or help remove waste. They don’t form symbiotic relationships with other organisms. They’re not even a “benefit” to viruses and bacteria; I’m told they are very poor transmitters of diseases.

Image courtesy of the C.D.C.

Bedbugs don’t do anything except lounge around, suck on people’s blood, and have super disturbing, violent sex. As far as I can tell, they serve no purpose whatsoever. They’re not even cute.

One way to identify whether or not you have a bedbug infestation is the unusual pattern of bite marks they often leave on your skin. For some reason, bedbugs tend to bite their victims three times, leaving a triangle of red bite marks that experts euphemistically call “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” Click here to see examples of bedbug bites.

So sleep well tonight, and let me know if you can think of any reason why a just and kind God would allow these disgusting creatures to exist.

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