This seed drills itself into the ground to insure germination

This is the seed of Erodium cicutarium (stork's bill or filaree) which upon having contact with water will bore or drill itself into the ground in order for the seed to sprout. Watch closely as the seed will reverse itself several times. Possibly to bury itself further in to the ground.

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+15 1. cosminb commented 5 years ago

"Screw this! I'm going in..."
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+9 2. dopsy commented 5 years ago

It's alive!
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+12 3. fjwjr commented 5 years ago

How in the world does evolution come up with that cool little trick?
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+15 4. MindTrick commented 5 years ago

#(removed comment) Did it strike you that the person who made the title might not be an native english speaking person, and simply spelled ensure wrong? And it has nothing to do with America btw, don't see why you would bring that into the context. And the use of ensure would be totally fitting in this context too btw. And the really sad part is that you focused on spelling when the video in question doesn't even remotely touch the subject, nor does the misspelling have any significant impact on the content. So in danger of calling you a grammar nazi, well, here goes; Grammar nazi!
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+1 5. sux2bu commented 5 years ago

#(removed comment) From TheFreeDictionary.com

'ensure' and 'insure'

In British English, to ensure that something happens means to make certain that it happens.

"His reputation was enough to ensure that he was always welcome."

In American English, this word is usually spelled insure.

"I shall try to insure that your stay is a pleasant one."
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+1 6. spaceludes commented 5 years ago

That bug infested ground is TERRIFYING!
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-10 7. BloodBeast commented 5 years ago

#(removed comment) You're right to point this out. Correct English ensures correct communication. Ignore the trolls who downvote you, particularly our American cousins who (as I've commented before) can't even pronounce "nuclear" properly though at least they spell it right... And don't get me started on aloominum... :)
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+3 8. dogfish commented 5 years ago

It is a sperm and Earth is the ovum (i)
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+2 9. sux2bu commented 5 years ago

#7 Both words are correct for that usage.
Need more assurance? See example number 2 below.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/insure

Your snooty attitude reinforces the world's opinion of Brits.
It must be your weather. :D
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0 10. Thanny commented 5 years ago

Using 'insure' in place of 'ensure' is not an American thing. It's just a mistake that any English speaker (native or otherwise) might make.

#7 British chemist Humphry Davy first describe the metal, calling it alumium. He then changed his mind about the name, and called it aluminum, as it made more linguistic sense given how other elements were named with respect to their oxide names. The aluminium version came from a twit who reviewed Davy's work and claimed that 'aluminum' had a less classical sound.

So Americans (continentally speaking, as Canadians agree on this) use the most sensible version of the word.
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+2 11. jackDjohnson commented 5 years ago

I just watched the dirt get raped !! :S
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+1 12. librabooks commented 5 years ago

#11 It was sod-omized! :O
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0 13. Lasering commented 5 years ago

Looks more like a worm or parasite than a seed.