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(TreeHugger)   It must be pretty satisfying to freeze a living raft made out of fire ants in order to figure out what makes it float   (treehugger.com) divider line 36
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2014-06-16 06:48:18 PM
Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?
 
2014-06-16 07:35:01 PM
I'm going to guess: having less mass than the volume of water it displaces?

Now I shall read the article.
 
2014-06-16 07:41:19 PM
Fire ants

/because everything is better with fire
 
2014-06-16 07:48:06 PM

doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?


Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.
 
2014-06-16 07:50:25 PM

AlgaeRancher: Fire ants

/because everything is better with fire


Radiorama - Fire
 
2014-06-16 07:59:34 PM
Surface tension... Am I right?
 
2014-06-16 08:21:49 PM
Water avoids them to keep from getting stung?  So, fear makes it float.
 
2014-06-16 08:43:35 PM
Wanna read a very cool short story about fire ants? Leiningen Versus the Ants. You'll feel ants crawling on you for days.
 
2014-06-16 08:46:59 PM

kertus: Surface tension... Am I right?


They don't actually say, just that they form a lattice of connections between each other with smaller ants in the middle of the spaces in the lattice. I think k it's a combination of how light they are, plus the surface tension in the little areas in between the individual ants.

Still cooler than I thought it was gonna be.
 
2014-06-16 08:56:32 PM

Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.


Don't tell him about army ants.
 
2014-06-16 09:02:10 PM

doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?


As there is as much as 300 million tons of ants in the world, I'm not too concerned that we killed the Mozart of the ant world. The ants are probably gonna be OK.
 
2014-06-16 09:09:10 PM

Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.


They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.

If they nest somewhere and become a problem, you may have to kill 'em, but you shouldn't relish mass slaughter. Freezing a raft was the only way to get this information? Perhaps. But it should be with a heavy heart.
 
2014-06-16 09:09:34 PM

doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?


Good job; you've exposed the mysogyny embedded in everything.

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2014-06-16 09:17:57 PM
They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.


You...have never actually delt with fire ants have you? Like ever. Like ever even been to Texas. Dude, fire ants actually farking kill people. They maim virtually everybody that lives in the south long enough. I mean not everybody down here has a "snake" story or a "scorpion" story, but EVERY MOTHERFARKER eventually has a farking "Fire Ant" story. They arent even really ants in the biblical sense, fire ants, or invictus as they are known around here are more like an act of god. Invictus is gods way of saying to a random motherfarker "hey you, yea you. You get to be on fire right now, because fark it!"


/not a threat? Oh my god I envy your ignorance.
 
2014-06-16 09:18:58 PM

doglover: Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.

They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.


But they do magically teleport onto your groin.

/you can tell I've lived in fire ant country
 
2014-06-16 09:22:13 PM
orclover vs doglover throwdown!
 
2014-06-16 09:22:44 PM

doglover: Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.

They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.

If they nest somewhere and become a problem, you may have to kill 'em, but you shouldn't relish mass slaughter. Freezing a raft was the only way to get this information? Perhaps. But it should be with a heavy heart.


If there is one good thing about fire ants, it is that their name hints at a good method of dealing with them. It is with a heavy ... tank of gasoline and a match that I kill fire ants.
 
2014-06-16 09:27:45 PM

orclover: They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.


You...have never actually delt with fire ants have you? Like ever. Like ever even been to Texas. Dude, fire ants actually farking kill people. They maim virtually everybody that lives in the south long enough. I mean not everybody down here has a "snake" story or a "scorpion" story, but EVERY MOTHERFARKER eventually has a farking "Fire Ant" story. They arent even really ants in the biblical sense, fire ants, or invictus as they are known around here are more like an act of god. Invictus is gods way of saying to a random motherfarker "hey you, yea you. You get to be on fire right now, because fark it!"


/not a threat? Oh my god I envy your ignorance.


I've got plenty of scorpion stories and didn't get my first really good snake story until a few months ago, but fire ants have a special place in my heart. It is a place where I keep my seething hatred. It is not a cold place, but white hot with hate and loathing.
 
2014-06-16 09:28:39 PM

Fano: orclover vs doglover throwdown!


My question is, is it Or-Clover, or is it Orc-Lover, and is it Do-Glover, or is it Dog-Lover?
 
2014-06-16 09:32:16 PM

Fark like a Barsoomian: doglover: Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.

They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.

But they do magically teleport onto your groin.

/you can tell I've lived in fire ant country


Two scoops in the morning, better than raisin bran.
 
2014-06-16 09:35:40 PM
doglover: .... Freezing a raft was the only way to get this information? Perhaps. But it should be with a heavy heart.

I would freeze a raft of fire ants with a heavy heart. I would deeply regret not pouring molten aluminum down their nest.

/Those little hellspawn aren't natural, they're a frakking biological weapon that went off on its own agenda.
 
2014-06-16 09:41:17 PM
I want to know how the fark they know how to make this raft.
 
2014-06-16 09:44:53 PM
I'd kill 'em the way I do black widow spiders. Without remorse.
 
2014-06-16 09:50:25 PM

Kittypie070: I'd kill 'em the way I do black widow spiders.


With recluse abandon?
 
2014-06-16 10:03:35 PM

doglover: Tobin_Lam: doglover: Because if there's one thing more fun than killing helpless animals smaller than yourself it's killing lots of them and they're female, right subby?

Helpless? They don't call them fire ants because it sounds cool.

They're tiny. Unless they can magically teleport directly onto your groin I don't see them as a threat.

If they nest somewhere and become a problem, you may have to kill 'em, but you shouldn't relish mass slaughter. Freezing a raft was the only way to get this information? Perhaps. But it should be with a heavy heart.


bu ... but ... self-assembling robots!

Anyway, are they like many insects in that they will carry on with their business once thawed?

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Wanna read a very cool short story about fire ants?


How about no?

Before clicking, I imagined an ant raft about the size of a slice of bread. OMG. I cannot even imagine seeing that mass of crawling fiery death floating down the river. I'd rather drown.
 
2014-06-16 10:03:48 PM
First encounter with fire ants: mowing the yard with an electric mower. The extension cord drifted over a mound, and those clever bastards ran all the way up the cord and got my hand. Got about seven stings in a matter of seconds.

But the absolute worst are chiggers. Because those farkers will bite you on the nutsack. Repeatedly.
 
2014-06-16 10:48:42 PM

doglover: Kittypie070: I'd kill 'em the way I do black widow spiders.

With recluse abandon?


Yeah something like that. :D
 
2014-06-16 10:58:49 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Wanna read a very cool short story about fire ants? Leiningen Versus the Ants. You'll feel ants crawling on you for days.


I was in an unfortunate situation where the place I slept would get visited by fire ants, so I would often get bit at night.

There are still some nights I feel things crawling on my body when I try to sleep, most of the times it is just nerves, but last month it was a scorpion crawling on me while I laid in bed.

I would almost prefer the type of ants Leiningen faced, nice and large and easy to remove, rather than these incredibly fire small ants that you can barely feel crawling up your leg.
 
2014-06-16 11:09:24 PM
Went down to visit my snow bird grandparents one winter in Texas.  We went out golfing and I managed to set my golf bag in a fire ant nest...

Yeah, no love lost between me and those creatures.
 
2014-06-17 12:40:12 AM
My brother in Georgia has a dog that is kinda missing that natural special smarts that keeps dumb animals out of trouble. Such a sweet, loving companion to my nephew, but an exceptional stinker when I comes to flatulence. Now, this dog is keen to patrol the yard for hidden, buried dangers. Moles I suppose. The occasional cat turd in the mulch, etc. So I was accustomed to seeing the dog up to his eyes in soil. It wasn't until I noticed that ant hill that I put 2+2 together and began to plan the dog's humane release from this mortal vessel.

But nothing happened.

A week later I Skyped with my brother and saw him wince in reaction to the dog vapors. As the pooch entered the frame, I could see it's ass had been shorn to past it's hips. My brother claims no knowledge of what irritated those hind parts so badly, but I think the dog inhaled fire ants and farted those vengeful farkers out.
 
2014-06-17 01:54:12 AM
The existence of fire ants is evidence that the Creator is a malicious mutherf*cker.
 
2014-06-17 02:01:16 AM

Kittypie070: The existence of fire ants is evidence that the Creator is a malicious mutherf*cker.


He was just tired of trying to subtly hint that you shouldn't live in Texas.
 
2014-06-17 05:43:18 AM

Adolf Hipster: I want to know how the fark they know how to make this raft.


Start a huge goat herd. Wait for them to use themselves as walls to climb their enclosures walls. Figure out why they were able to make the necessary highly coordinated maneuvers, and reverse-extrapolate to smaller animals with even more legs and less backbone center of gravity weakness.
 
2014-06-17 12:53:08 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Wanna read a very cool short story about fire ants? Leiningen Versus the Ants. You'll feel ants crawling on you for days.


We read that in grade school then spent days designing our own ant-proof fortresses.

Before there were zombies, there were ants.

/and zombie ants
 
2014-06-17 01:20:59 PM
Hmm, Ants breathe with their stomachs...this must really suck to be the ant on the bottom.
 
2014-06-17 11:11:10 PM

Coloman: Hmm, Ants breathe with their stomachs...this must really suck to be the ant on the bottom.


Lucky Pierre?
 
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