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(University of Texas)   Good News: Fire ants are being displaced. Bad News: By another invasive ant. Fark: Crazy ants   (utexas.edu) divider line 187
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2013-05-17 01:55:19 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: I swear I'm still scarred from reading Leiningen vs. the Ants in 7th grade.


Hey - me, too.  Had not thought about that story since the 7th grade.  Guessed I did a good job of repressing it.

/Army ants in South America, right?  Kept on coming, no matter what he tried?

//whimpers
 
2013-05-17 01:55:38 PM
I think I saw the Crazy Ants dance recently.
 
2013-05-17 01:55:45 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

No, wait:
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2013-05-17 01:57:16 PM
Release wave-after-wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll take care of the problem.
 
2013-05-17 01:57:28 PM
I submitted this with a crazier headline.
 
2013-05-17 01:57:53 PM

happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"


Firstly, can't we all agree that there is more than one pronunciation of aunt? Secondly, I don't know where you got your information from. If you consider New Yorkers to be Yankees, I can assure you that I know plenty of Yankees that say aunt like ant. It's rare I hear it as ahnt.

/but, I digress, grumpily
 
2013-05-17 01:58:28 PM
www.cracked.com
Hai guyz!
 
2013-05-17 01:58:34 PM
THIS IS HOW YOU GET ANTS, PEOPLE!
 
2013-05-17 02:03:51 PM
My wife's crazy ant visited last week. What a pain in the ass!
 
2013-05-17 02:03:57 PM
Some one call the Pink Panther, stat!

/too obscure?
 
2013-05-17 02:04:24 PM
Time to release the reasonable ants.
 
2013-05-17 02:05:08 PM

SoupJohnB: Maybe they should be declared as "illegal aliens" by Congress, subject to any current or potential immigration laws

/I know, I know; Get thee to the Politics Tab


But then they would steal all the jobs and get free drivers licenses... lol

But seriously, I see this as a good thing because THEY DON'T BITE LIKE THE FIREANTS!!!

I HATE Fireant bites. Little bastards go everywhere too. They don't just stay "peacefully in the mound" like the article says... and there's an easy double entendre.
 
2013-05-17 02:05:40 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: You're just arguing simantics.


That was bad. But also good.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:07 PM

happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt".


Say what?  That's wrong.  I've lived in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington and Oregon and it's been pronounced "ant" by everyone I've known in those places.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:10 PM

Uncle Tractor: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]

No, wait:
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"I need someone to look after my man-eating fireants once I'm gone."
 
2013-05-17 02:08:53 PM

ChipNASA: " ANTS, ANTS, ANTS, I'VE GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS....LET'S DANCE!!"


"Johnny can't sing, Jimmy can't dance! We're gonna put some ANTS IN THEIR PANTS!"

Honestly, I'd take crazy ants over fire ants any day. When I was 13, my mom dragged me off to Florida. One day, I'd found I stepped into an ant mound, but didn't worry about it, because I was accustomed to the sugar ants we got in Oregon. Moments later, it felt like someone had doused my leg in lighter fluid and set it aflame. I ran to the swimming pool and plunged my leg in to dislodge the fire ants. When I told my mom, she said "oh, sorry. I guess I forgot to tell you about them,"

/CSB
 
2013-05-17 02:08:57 PM

Kibbler: Uncle Tractor: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x149]

No, wait:
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"I need someone to look after my man-eating fireants once I'm gone."


Sigh.

"I need someone to look after my man-eating ant..."

Oh screw it.
 
2013-05-17 02:09:42 PM
As long as Siafu aren't coming here, I'm fine.
 
2013-05-17 02:11:10 PM
Great! When the virtualization of all our jobs by computers and the web means that all of the great corporations that used to employ tens of thousands of people are replaced by a dozen billionaires and a website, we can all make a precarious living as pest control officers.

There will always be work at the Post Office pest control company.

The McJob Makers in the One Percent may not be any use to humanity other than helping themselves, but our ant overlords will save us! Or maybe they will simply eat the billionaires who can't get anybody to de-bug their computers and their monster homes because we are all dead or unemployed or both.

I bet that when Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. wrote Player Piano about a dystopian future in which only bosses and their secretaries have any real meaningful work that hasn't be taken over by automation or expert software, that he never dreamed that the Ants will be our Saviours! (Vonnegut's brother worked as an engineer for IBM and was busy creating the world that his brother imagined.)

Them and a few tens of thousands of other species that we have inadvertently introduced to every continent and island in the world with the result that they have devastated natural ecosystems and set to work creating completely new and unnatural ecosystmes that may or may not include humans.

I am not scared by the myth of environmentalists and commies trying to destroy our beautiful capitalist economies, but I absolutely despise bedbugs and other pests, including Tories, Republicans, mosquitoes, midges, and other blood-sucking, disease-carrying monsters.

DDT was not good enough to destroy them, but this may be a good thing. We will have to do better and then do better again.

Welcome to the world of the Red Queen Ant, where you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in place, and much harder than that if you want to get anywhere. Also, where you can believe six impossible things before breakfast just for practice.

I'm sure the denialists will say that if we wait long enough and do nothing, all the ecological problems will solve themselves and every monster will be eaten by some other monster. But there's no guarantee that we will survive this any way you cut it. And each monster seems to be worse than the one it replaces. That too is Nature's Way.

On the other hand, we are experimenting every time we drive a car or fly in an airplane. To avoid spreading insects, you have to avoid automobiles and airplanes. You have to avoid moving from one apartment to another, carrying bags of groceries into your house without decontamination before opeing the airlock, and even walking.

In short, there is nothing the consumer can do to save the world. You can not save the world by shopping. You can not save the world by voting, even. The problems own the politicians, not vice versa.

And they say that humans can't affect the world? And they say that there's no point worrying about the environment or jobs or justice? They say what they please to get what they want, but in reality, the unintended consequences will kill them as surely as it kills the rest of us.

He who lives by the sword, shall die by the sword. Of such is the patience of the Saints.

Put on your running shoes. You have to get up to speed before the monster behind you catches you. That means running at least twice as hard as you can, and possibly exceeding the speed of light in a vacuum as you fire off all your guns and burst into space.

Still, I am an optimist and a liberal. I hope that while the world goes to Hell in a handcart that it will at least be an interesting ride. As Conservatives are wont to say, you are gonna get raped, so lie back and try to enjoy it. It makes it easier for the rapists that way. And the people who say this are the rapists, so it is important to them.
 
2013-05-17 02:11:30 PM
They are so crazy they might just work.

/...
 
2013-05-17 02:12:29 PM
So if I'm Joe Pest Control, I'm travelling to South America every few years to see what kind of superbugs I can release into my area of business.

Got it.
 
2013-05-17 02:13:45 PM
I keep thinking of the Tom and Jerry cartoon where the ants invade with  that catchy marching song when I'm reading this article.
 
2013-05-17 02:13:55 PM
resources2.news.com.au
 
2013-05-17 02:16:11 PM
More aliens coming acros the border?

Jeebus, Texas can't catch a break.
 
2013-05-17 02:19:27 PM
Come on, people, where's the empathy?

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-05-17 02:19:33 PM
Its pronounced awnt
 
2013-05-17 02:20:18 PM

Maud Dib: I had gone to the beach in Port Aransas, TX for a friend's wedding and had left my car parked at the hotel.
It was invaded by crazy ants. They got in through the wheel well after climbing up the front tire.
Took me 4-6 weeks to kill them all off.


What I've learned from this thread, demotivational-style:

TEXAS
Not Even Once.

/Just don't do it.
 
2013-05-17 02:21:20 PM
I don't mind fire ants. They hang out and do their thing, and they're relatively easy to kill when one of 'em bites a kid and it's time for the annual fire ant holocaust in the backyard.

Fire ants are much easier to deal with than wasps.
 
2013-05-17 02:22:09 PM
They're not that bad.  They're only slightly more noticeable than sugar ants.  They're called crazy because they travel in random brownian-motion like paths.  This means they wind up in random weird places.  But they don't bite.  I'd rather have them than fire ants.
 
2013-05-17 02:24:15 PM
Fallout_giant_ants.jpg
 
2013-05-17 02:24:32 PM
The worst thing about fire ants is their magical teamwork. You get a few on you and don't notice, they're all going to bite at once.

And DAMN does it hurt.
 
2013-05-17 02:26:25 PM

SoupJohnB: God Is My Co-Pirate: I swear I'm still scarred from reading Leiningen vs. the Ants in 7th grade.

Hey - me, too.  Had not thought about that story since the 7th grade.  Guessed I did a good job of repressing it.

/Army ants in South America, right?  Kept on coming, no matter what he tried?

//whimpers


Oh well have I got good news for you!  You can read it here: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lvta.html

Bonus: includes this quote:

One of the creatures bit him just below the rim of his goggles; he managed to tear it away, but the agony of the bite and its etching acid drilled into the eye nerves; he saw now through circles of fire into a milky mist, then he ran for a time almost blinded, knowing that if he once tripped and fell....

Sleep well!
 
2013-05-17 02:26:36 PM
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2013-05-17 02:29:55 PM

Jacob_Roberson: their spread can be limited if people are careful not to transport them inadvertently

Good luck with that. You're counting on large numbers of people to a) give a damn, b) not be jokers and do it intentionally, c) pay attention enough to even know, d) do all that in a concerted way. Good luck herding those cats.


My thoughts exactly. We have to rely on the citizens of states with high redneck-to-non-redneck ratios to be ever-vigilant about not transporting them in their vehicles inadvertently... and their potted plants, and rusted swing sets, broken appliances and any other piece of junk that sits for years outside their mobile home until the cops bust their cousin's meth lab in their shed and they suddenly need to move to be near relatives in another state.

So yeah, basically these ants are guaranteed to spread and we better learn to deal with that.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:06 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Hai guyz, what's goin on in here?
 
IP
2013-05-17 02:30:25 PM

brantgoose: blah, blah, blah



Fantastic.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:27 PM

happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"


I mostly heard "ahnt" from Virginians.  I have never heard it in the midwest.
 
2013-05-17 02:30:28 PM

Langdon Alger: I keep thinking of the Tom and Jerry cartoon where the ants invade with  that catchy marching song when I'm reading this article.


good one!

now i'm thinking of the Zanti misfits
 
2013-05-17 02:31:35 PM

tanman1975: Some one call the Pink Panther, stat!

/too obscure?


Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant DEAAAD ANNNT...
 
2013-05-17 02:31:53 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: jehovahs witness protection: My uncle got rid of my crazy aunt before she could do permanent damage.

Hahaha...NO. The correct pronunciation of "aunt" is "ahnt", so that joke does not work. But nice try.


Oh you silly Brits and/or New Englanders and your ideas about the "English" language.
 
2013-05-17 02:32:14 PM

brantgoose: Welcome to the world of the Red Queen Ant, where you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in place, and much harder than that if you want to get anywhere.


i.imgur.com
 I love this post so much I read it again
 
2013-05-17 02:32:26 PM

DubtodaIll: [img708.imageshack.us image 451x374]


Oh wow.  I loved that game.
 
2013-05-17 02:33:50 PM

happydude45: Yankees pronounce it "ahnt". Normal folks pronounce it as "ant"


If it's pronounced "ant", why in the hell are we wasting a perfectly good "u"?  Is the "u" silent or something?

/aunt
//like restaurant
 
2013-05-17 02:36:25 PM
csb: had a friend get hit by a flash flood near Houston while canoeing, as a teenager. He got dumped in the water and managed to hang on to the top of a tree at the surface. It was all he could do to hang on and keep his head above water.

And then a fire ant raft hit him. He still managed to hang on, but endured over 300 stings and had a pretty rough time with the allergic reaction following his rescue.
 
2013-05-17 02:37:27 PM
Crazy seems to be replacing everything in the South.
 
2013-05-17 02:37:34 PM

squibbits: SoupJohnB: Maybe they should be declared as "illegal aliens" by Congress, subject to any current or potential immigration laws

I HATE Fireant bites. Little bastards go everywhere too. They don't just stay "peacefully in the mound" like the article says... and there's an easy double entendre.


I planted my foot near a nest of them one night, when I went out to watch a lunar eclipse.  I was letting my eyes dark-adapt, so I didn't notice the mound.  I didn't feel just one sting to alert me - I felt a whole lot of them, at once.  They sent out a little tactical brigade with little walkie-talkies, or something.

"Everybody in position? Ok, on my count - 3,2,1"

//"GAAAH!!"
 
2013-05-17 02:37:42 PM
i500.listal.com

Important safety tip:  shooting ants with a gun is not very effective.
 
2013-05-17 02:42:34 PM
Nylanderia fulva?
www.mojo40.com
 
2013-05-17 02:45:12 PM
if we're posting old ant games...

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-17 02:46:01 PM
CSB Time:

When I was just a little recruit, I had an experience with fire ants on Parris Island during basic training. It was field week, and the training du jour was compass training. They drop you off out in the woods, give you a compass, a set of directions, and then you find your way out. So I'm about halfway through. I stop to take a bearing on the compass, and suddenly my legs are on fire. I'm standing in the middle of a fire ant bed. The little farkers had found the quickest route through my combat boots and camo pants. After quickly levitating myself away from the bed, I then proceeded to undress as rapidly as possible. Having grown up in Florida, I was no stranger to the pain being inflicted on me. Since there was no water nearby, I knew I had to beat the little farkers out of my clothes. Having spent about 10 minutes making sure I was now ant-free, I thought perhaps I should get moving, so I wouldn't fall too far behind. I didn't want to put my pants back on until I could thoroughly check them. So, carrying my pants in one hand and the compass in the other, I finished the course. I step out of the woods at the end right in front of my Senior Drill Instructor, wearing nothing but my skivvies. His eyes bugged out and I thought he was going pop a gasket. He yells, as only a Marine DI can yell, "Recruit Musicman, what in the holy name of Chesty Puller is your major malfunction?!?!" I looked him straight in the eye, and replied, "Fire Ants, Sir!" He put his face in his hands for moment, looked back up at me, having gotten his composure back, and with only half a smile, told me to go see the medic.

CSB Time over.
 
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