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Crabs? Yes Crabs! Our Crustacean Friends Could Run DOOM

We would require about 16 billion of them though.

Crabs are many things: scary, creepy, cute, and delicious. They can also be used to power DOOM.

You might be wondering who came up with this idea. It all started with Wharton professor Ethan Mollick who tweeted about a 2011 paper that described using the crustaceans to implement logic gates.

"Scientists have also successfully built logic gates by using swarms of soldier crabs. It takes about 80 to operate a logic gate, and there are 8 logic gates in a byte, so 640,000 crabs can be used to store a single tweet. Which seems kind of horrifying," Mocllick wrote.

Well, it was only a matter of time till others figured out you could use crabs to power other things: in this case a game of DOOM. Twitter user NORMAL HOROSCOPES did his own research and figured out that “YOU CAN RUN DOOM ON 16,039,018,500 CRABS”, a sentiment he shared yet again on Twitter.

We did the math and it does check out! So, if you ever run out of battery power, just head on over to the closest seafood store and get yourself some crabs. We are kidding of course. Crabs are, as we said before, creepy but it's still fun to think about what they could do.

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