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(Reuters)   Long-legged acid-squirting ants are devouring the migrating crabs on Christmas Island   ( divider line
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2002-04-10 11:54:45 AM  
Flying Purple People Eater..
2002-04-10 11:55:19 AM  
ugh crabs
2002-04-10 11:56:04 AM  
I remember the first time I did Acid Squirting Ants. I didn't come down for like a week...
2002-04-10 11:56:15 AM  
Talking about crabs, i really need to find a cure, cuz my balls itches like a mothafarka.
2002-04-10 11:57:50 AM  
Survival of the fittest.
2002-04-10 11:58:20 AM  
As long as they don't get to Christmas Island's most
famous website, should be OK.
2002-04-10 12:00:25 PM  
I was always told that crab is both singular and plural... crabs are something different - and you don't want them...
2002-04-10 12:00:25 PM  
Hot crab lovin

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2002-04-10 12:07:04 PM  
I have a crazy aunt. That biatch is weird
2002-04-10 12:08:44 PM  
These are images of the annual migration of the Christmas Island Crabs. Sorry, no bigger images.
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2002-04-10 12:09:36 PM  
acid squirting ants? geeze sounds like the set of a "b" horror movie...god bless you Ed Wood..(sniff)
2002-04-10 12:11:19 PM  
That's how nature works folks. Animals that can't keep up go extinct.
2002-04-10 12:11:34 PM  
Oh no !!! Thankfully The Misfit toys escaped Christmas Island's rampaging ants.

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2002-04-10 12:12:26 PM  
"It's horrific, dead crabs everywhere and these ants just marauding. It's just far too awful for words," said Christine Milne, regional councillor for the International Association for the Conservation of Nature, or World Conservation Union.

Oh cry me a river you eco-pussy
2002-04-10 12:14:29 PM  
Blah, blah, blah, crazy ants eat everything... "As a result, the rain forest canopy is thinning -- threatening the nesting grounds of endemic birds like the Albatross-like Abbott's Booby"


We MUST save the BOOBIES!!!
2002-04-10 12:15:26 PM  
Oh yeah? Well short legged, dick dragging dogs are pooping up the lawns of the nation.

So there.
2002-04-10 12:21:50 PM  
"Crazy ant super colonies"
2002-04-10 12:24:45 PM  
i like how they keep saying "crazy ants" it makes me laugh. those crazy ants! devouring everything in thier path and what not! oh and squirting acid all the while! damn crazy ants...
2002-04-10 12:25:41 PM  
I for one would like to welcome our new insect overlords...
2002-04-10 12:27:43 PM  
Acid? Yes please
2002-04-10 12:35:55 PM  
Haha, F_rst P_ost, that's what I was gonna say!
2002-04-10 12:40:10 PM  
It's just far too awful for words," said Christine Milne, regional councillor for the International Association for the Conservation of Nature, or World Conservation Union
I bet this guy's a hoot at Red Lobster.
2002-04-10 12:44:12 PM  
Hey, if animals never went extinct, the world would be ruled by lungfish.
2002-04-10 12:50:41 PM  
In other news, Stekorps' reading comprehension remains at a second grade level.
2002-04-10 12:53:53 PM  
So does this mean goatse man has found a cure for crabs?
2002-04-10 12:54:08 PM  
Ants are evil. They're the only living thing other than ticks I've ever had nightmares over -- and the tick nightmare turned out to be a live tick walking across my forehead. Anyone who's ever had their home invaded by ants knows the long trail of ants that just climb over anything to get to food or water. They keep coming back no matter how much you poison them.

Then of course there was boot camp. The Paris Island women's pt field is one big nesting ground for fire ants. The little bastards would swarm over us anytime we got near them for exercises.

Every time I see a swarm of ants now I have nightmares. They're evil. They want to kill me.
2002-04-10 12:54:31 PM  
"Kill the ants for assulting the ecosystem."

Uh huh. First of all, they apparently ARE the natural ecosystem, albeit not quite as cute.

Secondly, the hypocrisy is a no-brainer... Just the fact that humans can wipe out ants proves that we're the true ecorapists; alien invasion and terracide would be just desserts.

Ugh. Meanwhile, unrelated, I just ate fourteen pounds of chinese food and I feel like I'm gonna die. Goodbye cruel world.
2002-04-10 12:55:52 PM  
The crabs are a key part of the island's delicate and unique ecosystem as they clear the forest floors of leaf litter.

Damned trees littering up the forest floor with their damned leaves! Somebody ought to do something about that.
2002-04-10 12:58:15 PM  
The fearsome crazy ant worker is between 2.3 and 3 millimeters long. Ooh scary! It is called the crazy ant because it moves very quickly and doesn't follow a path like other, more conservative, sane minded ants.

I think the crazy ant would have simply spit acid in the grasshopper's eyes and eaten the lazy bastard.
2002-04-10 01:01:17 PM  
So how long will it be before an ant or two like these hitches a ride on a boat and ends up here? I give it a year. Then the headline will read-
"long-legged crazy ants squirting acid attack and devour PETA protestor who was dressed as a crab."
Well, maybe that won't be the EXACT headline. But, by gawd it'll be similar - you betcha.
2002-04-10 01:01:39 PM  
BeastlyBreath, lungfish aren't extinct, unless David Attenburough had a time machine. And lungfish DO rule the world - very secretly.
2002-04-10 01:02:29 PM  
augh.. ive been bitten by ants like this before in indonesia... god they hurt. and i used to think fire ants were bad when i lived down south. fire ants are weak little girls in comparison
2002-04-10 01:05:53 PM  
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There's one of the little boogers now!
2002-04-10 01:05:58 PM  
What about all those poor defenseless members of the ecosystem that fall prey to the 80 MILLION CRABS crawling around on that island. Who is going to save them? Huh? Huh?

To me, a freaking crab is just a spider with Armour that lives in the ocean instead of spinning a web. (see the similarities?) They creep me out just as much as all other 8 legged creatures and arthropods.

If the ants win the battle, to the victor go the spoils. But they will get theirs when there are no crabs left to eat and they thin out all the foilage and the hot Australian sun bakes them and those Albatros birds and they all starve to death only to be saved by some type of Donner Party cannibalistic "eat our dead" nightmare. Now THAT would be too awful for words.
2002-04-10 01:10:22 PM  
I have something to say.
Fire Ants killed my puppy!
(And in addition to being a sad (but unfortunately true) statement, now that I've written it down... I think it would be a cool name for band.)
Don't you think?
2002-04-10 01:12:00 PM  
Crazy Ants are already all over the US. They are surprisingly versatile little bugs. They have been found nesting in rooftops in NYC. They are all over the SouthEast, and have especially infected Florida. They successfully compete with Fireants. Anyone ever see "Naked Jungle" (or something like that) with Chuck Heston? Boy howdy is that a bad movie, but it feature a lot of ants.
2002-04-10 01:13:25 PM  
MrDark that is really damned sad. Wow. My condolences. Dead puppies aren't much fun.
2002-04-10 01:14:34 PM  
Crazy hippies again. They just can't understand why everything in nature doesn't get a long, go vegetarian, smoke pot and play in drum circles.
2002-04-10 01:24:49 PM  
"When not gorging themselves on proteins from dying crabs, the ants "farm" carbohydrates from a scale insect that has proliferated and is now beginning to strip trees of foliage. "

What are these ants doing? Breading slave insects?
2002-04-10 01:29:57 PM  
Great so basically... we spend a lot of money to stop a natural process of life and death. Thats great, i'm so happy that my tax dollars are going toward great things... i say screw the crabs they had thier chance, and let the world be taken over by acid-squirting ants... and put my tax dollars into cool and useful(?) stuff like stopping light, shesh.
2002-04-10 01:34:53 PM  
Some people just forget that the circle of life is also a spiral of death. Nature's cruel and real life will bite you on the ass (literally) every time.
2002-04-10 01:37:33 PM  
where can I get me one of those crazy ants?
i already have a crazy aunt
2002-04-10 01:42:37 PM  
"The Spiral of Death." Now THAT would've been a kick-ass theme song for the Lion King. Instead of Elton John, Disney could've had Pantera (or better yet...VOIVOD!!) on the soundtrack.

2002-04-10 02:11:28 PM  
Acid spitting ants? Shadow must be behind this. Send in the Freedom Force!
2002-04-10 02:11:40 PM  
Nature's RID.
2002-04-10 02:30:08 PM  
Forget the ants beware of the flying monkeys.
Dem sumbiches will fuk-u-up.
2002-04-10 02:47:16 PM  
I'd like to introduce some of those ants to my crotch. They could take care of a problem I have
2002-04-10 02:47:49 PM  
Farking Terrorist ants... those crabs were just trying to live in peace!

Hey, if they're all gonna die anyways, why not catch 'em all and have a tasty meal??
2002-04-10 02:57:21 PM  
I have long legs and spit acid too. Never thought to use it on crabs though. Damn! But if you happen to see a shark with a big hoel in its side, I don't know anything about it.
2002-04-10 02:58:13 PM  
Or with a big hole in its side even.
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