It seems that we could learn a thing or two about work from theBlack Garden Ant. Scientists in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne have discovered that ants do, in fact, take sick days.
While ants are known to be hard workers, we wouldn’t often associate them with taking time off from work. Ants have a social structure that dictates what job they have. Members of the colony that are worker ants are split into two groups: foragers who collect food, and nurses who care for the brood. Foragers are the most likely to pick up diseases, as their job takes them out of the nest the most.
The researchers used an automated ant tracking system to help them study the Black Garden Ant colonies. They then allowed the ants to be infected with Metarhizium brunneum. This fungus is incredibly contagious and kills the ants within 48 hours of the initial exposure.
The foraging ants exposed to the disease spent more time outside of the nest over the next 24 hours. The foragers that were not exposed isolated themselves while the nurse ants moved the brood further in the nest. The ants worked together to help reduce the spread of infection and protect the colony. These tactics helped keep the queen ant safe from the deadly fungus.
It remains uncertain how the ants can diagnose an infection of the fungus; however, it is thought that they are able to notice the fungal spores that are attached to themselves or their fellow workers.
“I think we could learn from the social insects about ways to decrease transmission of disease at the scale of the population,” Dr. Nathalie Stroeymeyt said to New Scientist.
While the ants are good role models for how to keep the infection from spreading, the scientists do admit that it only goes so far. “We can’t really ask sick people to sacrifice themselves by dying in isolation like the ants do.” The research paper can be found in the journal Science.
Most of us have financial constraints that prevent us from living out our wedding fantasies, but if you’re a fabulously wealthy celebrity, the sky’s the limit! Check out some of the most gorgeous celeb wedding dresses of all time!
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and football quarterback Tom Brady are one of the power couples of the century. It’s hard to believe the dynamic duo have already been married for ten years, and have a daughter, Vivian, and a son, Benjamin. Recently, to mark their anniversary on Instagram, Gisele posted: “I love learning and growing with you. Happy anniversary love of my life! Te amo muito!” The last part of her message, in her native Portugese, means “I love you very much.”
The bride, whose known for her fierce sense of style, kept her distinct edge with a custom pink and white wedding gown by Dior during her wedding to British rocker Gavin Rossdale. The couple has since split, but her ex-husband says: “We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It’s a lifetime. I still think she’s incredible. It was a lovely 20 years and we have three amazing children. There were a lot of positives.”
Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard got married at the Beverly Hills Hotel just three short months after getting engaged. The star-studded crowd is exactly what you would expect for one of the world’s most in-demand supermodels and the New York Giants’ wide receiver – Chrissy Teigen, Gabrielle Union, Odell Beckham Jr., Tiffany Haddish, and Shanina Shaik all attended! Chanel chose a Zuhair Murad gown: “I feel very lucky to have gotten married in one of his gorgeous creations.”
California native Lauren Conrad rose to fame on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off, The Hills. Lauren had a staggering ten -that’s right, ten – bridesmaids by her side on her special day. Why such a large number? Isn’t it improper wedding etiquette? “It’s really a personal choice,” she said. “I think as long as the number doesn’t distract from the nuptials, you’re fine. Also if you have a large group, having them sit during the ceremony works well,” she added.
Top tennis player Serena Williams married tech entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their infant daughter was in attendance. On Instagram, her husband posted: “You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport–I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment.”
Yes, this is Kim Kardashian’s second appearance on the list. Though we strongly prefer her iconic look in a Vera Wang gown during her wedding to rap superstar Kanye West, we can’t forget her first wedding to NBA player Kris Humphries. The marriage only lasted for 72 days, but Kim still went all out on the special day – the ceremony cost upwards of $10 million. Kris gave Kim a 20-carat, $2 million engagement ring that had to be transported via an armored truck.
Sofia Vergara looked absolutely stunning in a bridal gown by Zuhair Murad, a top choice for many of the celebrity brides on this list. The Colombian born actress, who rose to fame on the sitcom Modern Family, had a fairytale wedding to Magic Mike beefcake Joe Manganiello. No expense was spared for the big day, which brought the total cost of the wedding up to a whopping $3 million. The ceremony was held at Breakers Palm Beach resort in Florida.
She might not be married to Prince William, but Pippa Middleton’s wedding was (nearly) as big as her royal sister Kate’s. The day that she tied the knot with James Matthews, Pippa arrived at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, England, wearing a beautiful dress with a high neck and an ivory gown. With bespoke lace that added to the fine detail of the gown, Pippa was guaranteed to stand out from the crowd on her big day.
Some of the most iconic bride gowns that Carolina Herrera has designed have included those of Jessica Simpson and Idina Menzel. Another actress who got the five-star treatment from Herrera was Renee Zellweger. The star of Bridget Jones’ Diary wore her stunning dress on her wedding day in 2005 with many loving the minimalist style of her dress. The photos of her beach wedding with Kenny Chesney were stunning. However, the couple had an annulment just four months later.
Kate Upton married Justin Verlander in a romantic Tuscan wedding in November 2017, and the actress, as ever, was a vision in white on her big day. The actress and Sports Illustrated model couldn’t hide her happiness as she walked hand-in-hand with her new husband, and her smile went perfectly with her gorgeous dress. Kate opted for a more classic, long-sleeved lace Valentino gown, with a long white veil, and a bouquet of peach, light pink, and ivory flowers.
Britney Spears shocked the world when she married her back-up dancer Kevin Federline. But you may not know that she was the one who actually proposed! “Then all of a sudden I said, ‘What if you want to get married?’ And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me. I asked him… He said no because he thought it wasn’t the right way to do it.” A week later, Kevin bought Britney a ring.
They have just recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary, but on July 10, 2015, Nicky Hilton shone in this elegant white, lace gown when she was set to wed James Rothschild. The couple got married at The Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens in London, England, and Nicky wore this Valentino Haute Couture gown pictured below, which set the socialite back $77,000. Meanwhile, Nicky is heir to the Hilton Hotel empire, and James Rothschild is a member of the wealthy Rothschild family.
When you’re marrying Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor (who has been the pursuit of actresses for decades), you better look stunning on your wedding day – and that’s exactly what Amal Alamuddin did! The celebrated Lebanon-born, London-based human rights lawyer made it clear exactly why George Clooney decided to finally settle down. The bride looked like a fairytale princess in a custom gown by Oscar De La Renta. For the reception, she switched into a cascading red Dolce & Gabanna gown.
Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr found the man of her dreams in Snapchat founder and CEO Evan Spiegel. The bride wore a custom gown by famed French design house Dior Haute Couture. It was the second trip down the aisle for Miranda, who had previously been wed to actor Orlando Bloom. The couple had a low-key affair at their home in Los Angeles in front of 45 of their closest friends and family members. The couple shares one child.
For her Italian nuptials to rapper Kanye West, Kim Kardashian chose a fairly conservative floor-length gown. She looked stunning!
Hey, Victoria and David Beckham, the 1990’s called, and they want their…everything back! The couple married back in 1998 Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The Bishop of Cork conducted the ceremony, which cost millions of dollars. All jokes aside, the power couple, consisting of one of the most highly paid soccer players in the world and the singer-turned-fashion icon formerly known as Posh Spice, is still going strong more than two decades later. The couple has four children together.
Kaley Cuoco previously got married wearing a pink, princess-like, gown, but unfortunately, that marriage was not to last. The Big Bang Theory actress recently wed for the second time, and this time she wore a custom-made Reem Acra 1920s inspired gown. The lace detailing and the way it fit perfectly on the actress made this one of the most beautiful wedding gowns. In fact, it took 50 yards of pure silk chiffon and ten seamstresses who hand embroidered the gown, to get this perfect finish.
Reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt shocked fans when they eloped in Mexico in 2008. But, as expected for these two fame-hungry pop culture personalities, they had a second, televised wedding (which was shown on The Hills) in Pasadena a few months later. Lauren Conrad, Heidi’s former best friend and co-star, attended the wedding amid speculation that she wouldn’t show up, since she famously didn’t get along with Spencer. Lauren allegedly “had a fit” at her friend’s nuptials.
Actress Jessica Biel opened up to Elle magazine about her wedding dress: “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink.”
Snooki – real name Nicole Polizzi – married her husband in front of 500 guests. Of her big day, she said, “I had the worst jitters. I was nervous, I had to have a little vodka. I was like, ‘Where’s my vodka? I need my nerves to calm down.”‘ She added, ‘It was honestly the best day of my life. I want to renew my vows next year just so I can have a wedding again and relive that experience because it was so amazing.”
Grammy award-winning songstress Christina Aguilera married her manager Jordan Bratman at the age of 24. However, things didn’t last for the couple after their $3 million Santa Barbara ceremony. In an interview about the breakup with People Magazine, Christina explained “I’ve grown as a woman and he’s grown as a person. We were both looking for different things. We just weren’t right for each other. I couldn’t face living another five years together and feeling that I wasted that time being unhappy.”
Eva Longoria appointed famous fashion designer and close pal, Victoria Beckham, when it came to choosing her wedding dress, and she couldn’t have picked a better dress if she tried. The simple white gown fit the Desperate Housewives star perfectly when she married for the third time to José Bastón. It was also quite the contrast to her choice of wedding dress to her marriage previously to Tony Parker. Eva and José married in 2016 and just recently welcomed their first child together, a son named Santiago Enrique Bastón.
Allison Williams married Ricky Van Veen in 2015 and chose Oscar de la Renta when it came to her wedding dress designer. Best known for her role in the hit HBO series, Girls, Allison and her new husband had invited guests to the Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming and she chose Peter Copping as her dress designer. She said she had one request for Copping, who she knew would be the best man for the job, stating, “I wanted sleeves because I’m always cold.”
Ashlee Simpson is another bride who chose to stay away from tradition when it came to her wedding dress. In fact, the American singer chose a Houghton Bride crop top, bralette, and lace skirt, when she married Evan Ross in 2014. Evan Ross is an actor known for his role in The Hunger Games, while also being the son of the very famous singer, Diana Ross. Shortly after the couple celebrated their year anniversary, they welcomed a daughter named Jagger Snow Ross.
Arlenis Sosa proved she was every inch a supermodel when she married basketball player Donnie McGrath in 2015. The couple married in the model’s native home of the Dominican Republic, where they invited 150 guests to watch them say their vows in a beach ceremony. Arlenis shined in this Reem Acra dress, which fit her model figure to a tee. The design consisted of a lace top with a simple and elegant finish. The bride looked sensational as she walked down the aisle with her veil blowing behind her.
Gabrielle Union has graced the silver screen time and time again, looking effortlessly beautiful every time. Once again, the famous actress was a vision when she married Dwayne Wade in 2014. This was the second marriage for the Bad Boys II star, and she chose to wear a custom Dennis Basso for the occasion. Dwayne was already a father of three at the time of marrying Gabrielle, and the new bride chose her step-sons to walk with her down the aisle.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears, who rose to fame as Britney Spears’ younger sister, shocked the world when she became pregnant at the age of 16. At this time, her popular television series, Zoey 101, had to be canceled, but Jamie Lynn welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Maddie. In 2014, Jamie proved she was all grown up when she married Jamie Watson in New Orleans. The former child star wore Liancarlo for her big day and had Maddie as her bridesmaid.
When Jamie Chung married Bryan Greenberg in 2015, the actress wore two dresses. The former reality television personality wore a Jonathan Simkhair gown for pre-vow photos, and then Monique Lhuillier for the ceremony. The couple exchanged their vows on Halloween in front of their family and friends at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. In fact, the wedding was a three-day event and started with a welcome dinner on Friday night in the woods where guests were encouraged to wear costumes.
When Anna Camp and Skylar Astin married in 2016, it sent Pitch Perfect fans into a frenzy. The co-stars began dating in 2013 before officially tying the knot three years later. They invited their guests to watch them exchange their vows at an outdoor ceremony on the central California coast, including their Pitch Perfect co-stars. Anna Camp wore a Reem Acra dress with Vince Camuto shoes and Neil Lane jewels. The couple had seven groomsmen and bridesmaid, with one being fellow co-star, Brittany Snow.
It was the moment everyone was waiting for and, on May 19, the world finally got their glimpse of the wedding dress Meghan Markle chose to wear to marry Prince Harry. The new Duchess of Sussex chose designer Clare Wright Keller, who is the first female artistic director at the house of Givenchy. The famous French house seems to be a favorite of Meghan Markle, who has chosen to go from an actress and public figure to a member of the British Royal family.
When Salma Hayek married the famous French financier François-Henri Pinault, the wedding was just as star-studded as you’d expect for Hollywood royalty like her. Bono, Penelope Cruz and Woody Harrelson were all in attendance. The wedding cost a whopping $3.5 million – which is pocket change if you’re Francois-Henri Pinault (he is a billionaire, after all). The wedding itself was held in Venice’s renowned opera house, Teatro La Fenice. The Mexican-born beauty now shares one child, named Valentina, with her husband.
After meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a whirlwind romance fighting tabloid rumors and the paparazzi, and adopting several children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally tied the knot at Chateau Miraval in France after nine years of dating. The ceremony was held in front of an intimate crowd of just 22 of the couple’s closest friends and family. Angelina’s dress featured illustrations by all of her children and was a uniquely beautiful homage to her family.
In order to officially quiet the rumors about her love life, Robbie posted a photo on Instagram with her newlywed husband and her beautiful wedding ring! However, photos from the wedding that leaked showed Robbie walking down the aisle with a pageboy by her side. Although it was just the upper torso of her dress that was revealed, it showed a gorgeous cream lace off-the-shoulder gown. It is reported that it was originally her mother’s dress and had been modified for Robbie’s wedding.
She has walked many runways and is one of the beautiful Angels from Victoria’s Secret, so it is no surprise that Shanina Shaik looked like the most beautiful bride on her wedding day. The model recently married DJ Ruckus in a private beach ceremony in the Bahamas wearing a bohemian style dress. Looking elegant and chic in white on her big day, Shanina had enlisted the husband-and-wife team at Ralph & Russo to help create her dream dress in just eight months.
When socialite Nicole Richie married Joel Madden in 2010, she chose to go for this unique style of dress. While she has been known to have gone slightly over the top in her younger, wilder days, Richie seemed to have had her own vision when choosing this dress. Regardless of people’s thoughts on this dress, the mother of two has since created her own successful fashion line, House of Harlow, so has proven she knows a thing or two when it comes to style.
Back before Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian married NBA player Lamar Odom just one month after the couple met. Keeping Up With The Kardashians and the E! TV network paid for the wedding, which was estimated to have cost more than $1 million – chump change for a Kardashian. The couple made $300,000 by selling the exclusive rights to their wedding photos to OK! Magazine. Khloe rocked a tiered strapless Vera Wang gown with purple tints that showed off her hourglass figure.
Reality TV star Audrina Patridge married longtime beau Corey Bonahan in Hawaii, just a few months after giving birth to their daughter. Her wedding dress designer was based in Australia and explained, “It was just by luck that we were going to New York for Bridal Week that we were able to take the dress with us…for the final check…We popped it on her and did a few adjustments. Audrina loved it. She was just delighted and over the moon.”
Amy Schumer discussed good pal Jennifer Lawrence’s speech at her wedding to chef Chris Fischer, the brother of her personal assistant. “We just joke around so much, but to hear her say, ‘You’re the matriarch now and it’s a role you’ll be so good at and I know you love fiercely,’” Schumer said in a radio interview with shock jock Howard Stern. “Then she also said, ‘I wish for you patience, which you don’t have.’ So, she also roasted me!”
It was the Wedding of The Century, and for good reason. Nearly 2.5 billion people tuned in to watch the heir to the British throne, Prince William of Wales, wed his longtime love, Kate Middleton. The two wed at Westminster Abbey with the bride in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress.
Ashley Tisdale is an actress and singer whose big break came when she starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical. She’s also a modern-day pinup, having ranked on the Maxim‘ Hot 100 list of sexiest women and hottest celebrities multiple times. So it’s only appropriate that for her wedding to musician Christopher French, Ashley had her High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens as one of her six bridesmaids! The pair wed at a private residence in Santa Barbara.
For her wedding to songbird and piano player John Legend, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition model Chrissy Teigen wore not one, not two, but a grand total of THREE separate Vera Wang gowns. Bearing in mind that the iconic wedding dress designer’s frocks range from $8K to $23K, it’s safe to say that Chrissy spent more than a pretty penny on her wedding looks. We especially love the drama of this particular dress. She looks like a princess!
Shanae Grimes did things a little different when she married her long-term boyfriend, Josh Beech, in 2013. In fact, the 90210 actress opted for an unconventional black Vera Wang dress for her big day, a decision many wouldn’t choose when it came to exchanging their vows. While tradition stands at wearing a white dress on the day of your wedding, 23-year-old Shanae had her focus in a completely different direction. Meanwhile, five years on and the couple is still going strong!
When talking about her wedding, reality TV star Whitney Port said, “We wrote our own vows and had members of our family marry us, we didn’t do a sit down dinner because we are way more casual than that and wanted everyone to have little bites of everything, including all of our favorite things like a bread bar! We named cocktails after our nicknames for each other, we choose all the music by making a playlist for the two years we were engaged.”
R&B songstress Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks football player Russell Wilson, indulged every little girl’s fairytale wedding fantasy when they held their nuptials at the medieval Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, United Kingdom. The pair flew in 100 of their closest family members and friends along with Pastor Judah Smith to perform the ceremony. The bride wore a stunning custom gown with gorgeous lace accents by Roberto Cavalli Couture. Ciara’s son, Future Zahir, even served as the ring bearer for the lovebirds.
Fans were absolutely delighted when they saw Priyanka Chopra walk down the aisle and tie the knot with Nick Jonas. They ended up having a Christian-Indian fusion wedding in India and the Quantico actress dazzled with some incredible dresses during the weeklong festivities, including this one. This dress was worn at the Hindu ceremony, with Chopra sporting a lehenga which was designed by Sabyasachi Mukherji and put together by over 100 people. Apparently, the dress took around 3,720 hours to make.
It seems like Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder were always meant to be together, especially since they both had key roles in films/TV shows centered around vampires. Reed starred in the Twilight series while Somerhalder played Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. Despite this, they managed to put their gothic lives to one side at their wedding. Reed wore a boho-inspired, backless Claire Pettibone gown. The dress had many stunning features including three-quarter length sleeves, a beautiful neckline, and a long train.
When Kate Moss tied the knot with Jamie Hince back in 2011, many praised her for pretty much harking back to 1920s glamour. It was John Galliano, one of Dior’s finest designers who put together the bias-cut gown. According to him, he drew much inspiration from Zelda Fitzgerald. With gold embroidery and an illusion neckline, it is not difficult to see why. Not to mention the fact that Moss honored the Jazz Age with a beautiful Juliet cap veil.
It has been a few years now since Celine Dion experienced the tremendous pain of losing her husband, Rene Angelil. The couple had been together for most of the singer’s life. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that they pulled off a huge wedding outside Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica back in 1994. Dion sported a stunning 20-foot train, which was designed by Mirella and Steve Gentile. She also wore a beautiful headpiece that contained 2,000 Austrian crystals.
Maybe one of the oldest dresses on this list, it has been over half a century since the late Elvis Presley tied the knot with Priscilla Presley. It’s only fitting that the King took his partner all the way to Las Vegas and got married in the early hours of the morning on May 1, 1967. They recited their vows at the Aladdin Hotel and there’s an interesting fact about Priscilla’s dress. It turns out that she designed it – a silk-chiffon gown adorned in seed pearls.
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Seeing that Ellen DeGeneres ended up marrying another woman in Portia de Rossi over a decade ago, the couple decided that the talk show host would wear a suit while Portia would wear a dress. During their wedding at their Beverly Hills home, Portia went for a backless dress that came with a pink gown skirt. Zac Posen was the genius behind this dress’s design, which complemented Portia’s pink diamond engagement ring very well and was a huge hit with fans online.
It’s not just Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle who have represented the royal family and impressed the world with their wedding dresses in recent times. Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank and did it in style. Her Royal Highness wore a custom A-line gown that by all accounts, was a perfect thing for a princess to wear. It was duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos who teamed up to design the dress, with a long V-back included.
While Mariah Carey has had a handful of relationships since tying the knot with Tommy Mottola back in 1993, it still makes sense to take a look at the dress she wore. Vera Wang took inspiration from Princess Diana’s classic wedding dress to design Mariah’s, providing her with a billowing skirt, off-the-shoulder sleeves and a 27-foot-long train. The singer also had a 10-foot veil and a tiara to complete the iconic look. She wore a much simpler dress though when she married Nick Cannon
When Kelly Clarkson tied the knot with Brandon Blackstock in 2013, they decided to go for a low-key wedding. With their famous outdoor ceremony happening at a stunning hotel in Walland, Tennessee, Clarkson decided to have a dress that reflected the toned-down feel of the wedding. She opted for a Temperley long-sleeve lace wedding dress. With an understated train and a silver headpiece, Kelly managed to look beautiful on her big day without going over the top.
Fans are well aware of the rollercoaster journey that Jay-Z and Beyonce have been through over the last decade or so. When they tied the knot back in 2008, Queen B decided to keep her wedding photos as private as possible. This is because she wasn’t so enthusiastic about her dress, which her mother designed. However, when the singer ended up renewing her vows with Jay, she wore a very different dress, designed by the one and only Galia Lahav.
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber first met in 2009 when they were just teenagers backstage at the Today show. No one would have guessed that 10 years down the line, they’d actually be husband and wife. Though the two already tied the knot in a courtroom wedding in September 2018, they held another celebration one year later in September 2019 with all their loved ones. Hailey’s stunning custom made dress is all anyone could talk about, and rightfully so!