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badscienceshenanigans:

tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either
scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
the idea to put ants on stilts
there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
confused ants

OMG this isn’t even the beginning of what scientists have done to ants. Gather round bbs while I tell you some stories.There was one entomologist down the hall when I was in undergrad who wanted to figure out what goes down in the habitat when new species of ants appear. So naturally the solution was to take a bunch of colonies (conveniently housed in tupperware containers), give them names like Moria and Mordor, and set them all up in an “arena” with food. There were notebooks full of lines like “2:36pm Two Mordor ants attack Moria ant” “2:37 pm Moria ants send reinforcements; first ant sent alarm call?” scattered all over the table because they managed to convince undergrads that sitting around taking handwritten notes on what ants are doing today was good science experience (partially because it’s true).Now in the entomology dept at my current uni there’s an entomologist who studies ants and one who studies termites and they’re married to each other and they’re adorable. Also back in grad school they liked to take extra leftover colonies of their research bugs and make them fight. The ants always won. But the BEST is this guy at our local USDA research station who’s working on parasitoids for fire ants. So you know how there are wasps that lay their eggs in caterpillars and eat them from the inside? bitches that is only the BEGINNING of what Mother Nature has in store for insects. There are flies that lay their eggs on fire ants. The larvae hatches out and burrows into the fire ant’s head and eats the insides and straight-up turns the ant into a behavior-controlled zombie. Right before it’s ready to pupate, it pops the ant’s head clean off. And then when it’s done pupating it crawls out between the ant’s jaws. It’s AWESOME.Now the thing is before you can release these parasitoid flies into the wild, you have to raise a bunch of them in the lab. That turns out to be really tricky because fire ants FREAK OUT when they hear the flies coming. They all run and hide in their nest like a bunch of losers. That means the scientists have to find some way to get the fire ants out of their nests so the mama flies can get some victims to lay eggs on.The scientists came up with the perfect solution. They figured out that the only thing that can motivate fire ants to run around when there are phorid flies around is the need to SAVE THE BABIES! So what they do is take both adult ants and a nice big scoop of brood (the part of the nest that has all the baby ants in it) and stick them all in this tray. Over this tray there’s some homemade mechanical gearing that controls two shelters. They switch between being down flat on the surface where ants can hide under them, and being picked up and exposing all the ants underneath. Every five minutes it alternates which one is up or down. Whenever it switches the fire ants zoom around frantically trying to run the babies to the other shelter that’s now down, and while they’re doing that MUHAHAHAHAAAA IT’S EGG-LAYING TIME for the flies. And when I say “shelters” I mean “Solo cups” because this is college, folks.Anyway, watching this thing at work is 75% soul-deep satisfying because if you’ve lived with fire ants in their ecologically-uncontrolled plague state you know what I’m talking about; and 25% utterly horrifying. Also it makes me glad to not live in medieval times because there was no such thing as entomology back then and people with that kind of imagination would have had to find other ways to use it. 

badscienceshenanigans:

tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either

  • scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
  • the idea to put ants on stilts
  • there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
  • confused ants

OMG this isn’t even the beginning of what scientists have done to ants. Gather round bbs while I tell you some stories.

There was one entomologist down the hall when I was in undergrad who wanted to figure out what goes down in the habitat when new species of ants appear. 

So naturally the solution was to take a bunch of colonies (conveniently housed in tupperware containers), give them names like Moria and Mordor, and set them all up in an “arena” with food. There were notebooks full of lines like “2:36pm Two Mordor ants attack Moria ant” “2:37 pm Moria ants send reinforcements; first ant sent alarm call?” scattered all over the table because they managed to convince undergrads that sitting around taking handwritten notes on what ants are doing today was good science experience (partially because it’s true).

Now in the entomology dept at my current uni there’s an entomologist who studies ants and one who studies termites and they’re married to each other and they’re adorable. Also back in grad school they liked to take extra leftover colonies of their research bugs and make them fight. The ants always won. 

But the BEST is this guy at our local USDA research station who’s working on parasitoids for fire ants. 

So you know how there are wasps that lay their eggs in caterpillars and eat them from the inside? bitches that is only the BEGINNING of what Mother Nature has in store for insects. 

There are flies that lay their eggs on fire ants. The larvae hatches out and burrows into the fire ant’s head and eats the insides and straight-up turns the ant into a behavior-controlled zombie. Right before it’s ready to pupate, it pops the ant’s head clean off. And then when it’s done pupating it crawls out between the ant’s jaws. It’s AWESOME.

Now the thing is before you can release these parasitoid flies into the wild, you have to raise a bunch of them in the lab. That turns out to be really tricky because fire ants FREAK OUT when they hear the flies coming. They all run and hide in their nest like a bunch of losers. That means the scientists have to find some way to get the fire ants out of their nests so the mama flies can get some victims to lay eggs on.

The scientists came up with the perfect solution. They figured out that the only thing that can motivate fire ants to run around when there are phorid flies around is the need to SAVE THE BABIES! 

So what they do is take both adult ants and a nice big scoop of brood (the part of the nest that has all the baby ants in it) and stick them all in this tray. Over this tray there’s some homemade mechanical gearing that controls two shelters. They switch between being down flat on the surface where ants can hide under them, and being picked up and exposing all the ants underneath. Every five minutes it alternates which one is up or down. Whenever it switches the fire ants zoom around frantically trying to run the babies to the other shelter that’s now down, and while they’re doing that MUHAHAHAHAAAA IT’S EGG-LAYING TIME for the flies. 

And when I say “shelters” I mean “Solo cups” because this is college, folks.

Anyway, watching this thing at work is 75% soul-deep satisfying because if you’ve lived with fire ants in their ecologically-uncontrolled plague state you know what I’m talking about; and 25% utterly horrifying. Also it makes me glad to not live in medieval times because there was no such thing as entomology back then and people with that kind of imagination would have had to find other ways to use it. 

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skittle-happy-matt:

goonpunch:

thesteven1:

#Read to filth by the Queen of England.

The queen has reached dangerous levels of sass

Gays Save The Queen

skittle-happy-matt:

goonpunch:

thesteven1:

#Read to filth by the Queen of England.

The queen has reached dangerous levels of sass

Gays Save The Queen

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citizensyndrome:


I see you, Fox News.

citizensyndrome:

I see you, Fox News.

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Senator Ludlam schooling Tony Abbott on WA [x]

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ofgeography:

so here’s a fun story about this movie. guess who loves this movie? me! i do! i love this movie. i love this movie so much that when i was in the 7th grade and i saw “first wives club 2” on pay per view i was like: HELL YEAH!! FIRST WIVES CLUB TWO!! NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS A SEQUEL!!!

here’s the synopsis for first wives club 2:

disgruntled first wives take their ex-husbands’ new lovers under their wing.

sounds great, right? awesome viewing material for a precocious 11-year-old.

so i buy this movie, and like, three minutes into it i’m starting to feel suspicious?? like it’s really low quality and my girls are nowhere in sight?? how come none of the first wives are the same?? how come they’re alone in a bedroom with mood lighting?? why is she taking off her shirt?? why are they both taking off their shirts?? WHY ARE THEY—

here’s what i did not know about first wives club 2:

  • it is a lesbian porno of no relation to the beloved 1996 classic.

so of course i, horrified that i’ve accidentally bought porn on my family’s account (and in that state of panic that kids work themselves into whenever anything regarding sex is mentioned), quickly shut off the TV and go upstairs and watch an episode of veggie tales to like, cleanse my soul and apologize to jesus, and that’s that.

EXCEPT, OF COURSE:

  • you have to pay for pay per view.

so the end of the month comes and i have completely put this incident out of my mind, haha, i accidentally bought porn, how funny, TELL NO ONE. right? and i’m sitting at a nice dinner with my mother, my stepfather, and my very religious aunt deb, and we’re just talking about farm things, whatever, when suddenly my mother puts her fork down and says, “okay, there’s something we need to discuss. as a family.”

  • AS A FAMILY.

and i’m like, running through a list of people i know who could conceivably be dead, and fantasizing about my mother announcing that she’s going to buy me My Own Computer Just Because U Earned It Kiddo, and she pulls out a piece of paper that says DIRECTV across the top. and i’m like: OH NO.

"i received the tv bill today," my mother said, and i was like, shoveling potatoes into my mouth as fast as i could because i knew that when i went to PORN PRISON they weren’t going to feed me this kind of quality starch. "does anybody want to tell me who purchased the pornography?"

as a reminder, a quick table survey:

  • my mother, surprised and disappointed by the porn bill (innocent)
  • my stepfather, a grumbly old cowboy who just wants to sing along to kenny chesney and watch the hunt for red october (innocent)
  • my aunt deb, a super religious catholic whose best friend is a nun named Sister Placid (innocent)
  • me, the 11-year-old with a mouthful of potatoes who definitely purchased the lesbian pornography

silence.

my mother said, “i’m not going to ask again.”

silence.

my aunt looked at my stepdad. my stepdad looked at my aunt. NOBODY LOOKED AT ME, THE 11-YEAR-OLD WITH A MOUTHFUL OF POTATOES WHO DEFINITELY PURCHASED THE LESBIAN PORNOGRAPHY.

my mother shook her head and put the bill down. “this was incredibly inappropriate,” she said. “skip, deb, whoever. buy that shit on your own time. i’m not paying for it. what if molly had seen it?”

  • WHAT IF MOLLY HAD SEEN IT?

"don’t expose my kid to that crap."

  • DON’T
  • EXPOSE
  • MY KID
  • TO THAT CRAP

"if you want to watch porn, fine, but do it in private and don’t expect me to pay for it. i can’t believe one of you did that in the living room."

  • I CAN’T BELIEVE ONE OF YOU DID THAT
  • IN THE LIVING ROOM

but molly, why didn’t you own up to it and explain that it was an accident?

  • are you fucking kidding
  • i did not want to go to porn prison

the fun conclusion to this story is that i never owned up to it, which means that there are 3 people in the world who have not solved the mystery of the lesbian porn. a quick survey:

  • my mother, who lives every day wondering whose porn she paid for
  • my stepfather, who probably wishes he knew less about his wife’s sister’s porn preferences
  • my aunt, who probably wishes she knew less about her sister’s husband’s porn preferences

but molly, why don’t you own up to it now, with the safety of time and distance and the knowledge that porn prison isn’t real?

  • are you fucking kidding
  • this is the best thing i’ve ever done

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hotel-job:

GUEST: Where is the bus to Woodbury Outlet?
CONCIERGE: It’s on 45th Street and 8th Avenue.
GUEST: Where?
CONCIERGE: 45th and 8th.
GUEST: 45th street and…?
CONCIERGE: 8th Avenue.
GUEST: Okay, 8th Avenue on…?
CONCIERGE: 45th Street.
GUEST: 45th Street and…?
CONCIERGE: 8th Avenue. Here, I marked it…

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dickinyourmonument:

jasonwhitey:

people actually go to gyms???????

uh yeah??? DUH
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youareuglylikeme:

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verycunninglinguist:

whatlikeitshard:

jukeboxgraduate:

yerawizardmary:

yerawizardmary:

Dying right now.

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THIS WOMAN IS MY  NEW HERO.

HERO.

When the Internet gives you lemons, make lemonade.

This is such a righteous post that I am happy I stayed up late. I will probably still regret going to school on 5hrs of sleep, but then I’ll just think of this and not give a damn.

just gonna reblog this everytime this appears on my dash.

best. thing. ever.

I am friends with people who are friends with people who know this guy. Ugh, my poor friends’ friends.

I’ve never screencapped a convo to show anyone but damn that’s a familiar conversational pattern

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deducecanoe:

ultrafacts:

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ok. that’s being hella good at math. nasa uses you to double check the computers. and she’s an african american woman. betcha that’s why you never heard of her.

deducecanoe:

ultrafacts:

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ok. that’s being hella good at math. nasa uses you to double check the computers.

and she’s an african american woman. betcha that’s why you never heard of her.

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