Man Videotapes The Earth 'Breathing,' Scares The Sh*t Out Of Everyone (Video)

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While hiking through Nova Scotia on October 31, Brian Nuttall was stopped dead in his tracks by a sight he had never seen before.

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it a huge wooly mammoth that left Nuttall breathless? No, it was much weirder than that.

In the middle of the forest during a windy rainstorm, the video above shows what looks the Earth taking big, deep breaths.

The mossy ground moves up and down in a slow, easy motion as the rain falls.

It sounds like the perfect recipe to drift off into a deep sleep, until you realize the once-stable, reliable, totally secure ground you walk on can apparently breathe on its own.

This is the stuff nightmares are made of, people!

In favor of what little bit of sanity we have left, CBC News says the "breathing" Earth is actually likely caused by detached roots moving underneath the surface when the wind blows.

And with that, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, as our world is not breathing, and we can keep breathing thanks to this breath-inducing tree and its healthy roots on this non-breathing Earth.

Citations: Someone filmed a video of the Earth 'breathing,' so run for your lives (Mashable)