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Title: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: The extra letter on 07 Feb 2010, 23:24
So the other day, I got me an ant farm. I got a whole lot of soil and chucked it in, but it started raining.

So I wasn't able to go catch any ants.

Today, there were ants aplenty so I set some traps for them, I now have an ant farm full of ants.

Now I get to watch them make their ant tunnels and get up to all sorts of zany ant hijinks.

Seriously, people tend to think ant farms are for kids and all, but they're damn fun.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: blanktom on 08 Feb 2010, 04:19
I had a worm farm once, but I kept forgetting to feed them.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Patrick on 08 Feb 2010, 04:37
I bet feeding the ants isn't much of a problem. Just drop a dead thing in there once every blue moon.

Also, get fire ants. I don't know exactly where you are (I am shamefully inattentive) but they are readily available in the South. We had them in our yard in Georgia when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Eris on 08 Feb 2010, 04:40
Are you sure that common little black ants from the backyard are the right ones to have in your ant farm? A friend of mine bought an ant farm and caught some ants from the back yard, and they kept escaping because they weren't the ones that were supposed to be used. Plus they didn't dig very nice tunnels, so we were all thoroughly disappointed.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Emaline on 08 Feb 2010, 12:35
I thought usually with ant farms, they came with a number or address to call or send to saying to send you ants, and they send you back ant eggs?
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Post by: KharBevNor on 08 Feb 2010, 13:16
"I would like to purchase an ant" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzX_YcGkWbY&feature=related)
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Emaline on 08 Feb 2010, 13:18
Btws,


You are all doing it fucking wrong going outside and getting ants. You fucking send away for them I was right.

http://www.nature-gifts.com/ant-farms.html
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Feb 2010, 14:45
Whilst you're probably right, you seem unusually passionate about this.

They're just ants.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Lunchbox on 08 Feb 2010, 15:04
Why would you buy ants when you can go outside and get them though?
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Emaline on 08 Feb 2010, 15:05
Why would you buy ants when you can go outside and get them though?

Are you sure that common little black ants from the backyard are the right ones to have in your ant farm? A friend of mine bought an ant farm and caught some ants from the back yard, and they kept escaping because they weren't the ones that were supposed to be used. Plus they didn't dig very nice tunnels, so we were all thoroughly disappointed.






Whilst you're probably right, you seem unusually passionate about this.

They're just ants.

Because the first two times I said it, I was completely ignored.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Lunchbox on 08 Feb 2010, 15:10
I dunno about you guys but I have seen a lot of different varieties of ants in backyards in my time.

There's the tiny ones that make big long trails and come into your kitchen to find sticky stuff.
There's big fat black ones that you can find in your yard that I have seen in ant farms in museums and stuff. And then there's slightly bigger greeny ones that sting like a bitch when they bite you. Then there's orange and black sugar ants which are huge and terrifying! And I have seen big red ones around too.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Eris on 08 Feb 2010, 15:13
I used to play with the big black and orange ants when I was little. Because I had no friends.
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Post by: Emaline on 08 Feb 2010, 15:16
...you only said it once before, and neither Hannah nor Lunchy posted about it at all afterwards? This is an internet forum, it doesn't work like a real life conversation. If people don't say anything they're not necessarily ignoring you!



I said it when dude originally posted about it in the blog thread or the pointless thread or something, and was complaining that he couldn't find ants. And he didn't respond.


I wasn't actually like super seriously passionate about it. I'm sorry if my use of cusses made people think I was angry? I was jokingly fake passionate about it, thus the use of the f-bomb.





And man, we do not have that many varieties of ants in the midwest. I've never seen orange or green ones. Only big black ones, and tiny black ones.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 08 Feb 2010, 15:18
I used to play with the big black and orange ants when I was little. Because I had no friends.

Awesome.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Lunchbox on 08 Feb 2010, 17:21
I used to play with snails because I had no sense of adventure.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: StreetSpirit on 08 Feb 2010, 17:26
I personally enjoyed playing with wooly worms because I couldn't tell the weather (and they are pretty cute creatures, even when they become moths).
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Metope on 08 Feb 2010, 17:27
Jens and I had some sort of weird board game that we used to play with when we were kids. I don't remember the details, but it was pretty nifty since it had an electronic dice that was built in on the actual playing board! Just press the button, and it generates a number for you. Pretty amazing, right?

Needless to say, we got bored of it pretty easily, so instead of playing by the actual rules, we went out in the garden and found a couple of maggots. We used the board as some sort of maggot farm, since it was pretty much the perfect size, and the sides of the board went up like a fence, so the maggots couldn't escape. it all took a very dramatic turn when the biggest maggot of them all, the maggot called Big Ida, managed to electrocute herself by crawling into the electronic dice.
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Post by: ViolentDove on 08 Feb 2010, 17:34
man that story is unsettling
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: The extra letter on 08 Feb 2010, 17:40
I also spent far too much time playing with the big red and orange ants as a kid. They're fun to annoy. *Cough*

Btws,


You are all doing it fucking wrong going outside and getting ants. You fucking send away for them I was right.

http://www.nature-gifts.com/ant-farms.html

Not sure they'd ship them overseas. Besides, I don't think the Quarantine people would approve.

I dunno about you guys but I have seen a lot of different varieties of ants in backyards in my time.

There's the tiny ones that make big long trails and come into your kitchen to find sticky stuff.
There's big fat black ones that you can find in your yard that I have seen in ant farms in museums and stuff. And then there's slightly bigger greeny ones that sting like a bitch when they bite you. Then there's orange and black sugar ants which are huge and terrifying! And I have seen big red ones around too.
I think I've seen enough ants to last a lifetime.
The scary thing is, I think I could probably name what all those ants would be.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: The extra letter on 08 Feb 2010, 17:52
Hee hee, they're digging and bringing all this soil up to the top of the plastic ramp and dropping it off the edge.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 08 Feb 2010, 18:27
I am tempted to just build my own giant ant farm out of plexiglass, and capture myself a queen or something.

Also Jens, don't feel bad about electrocuting your maggot, you were a child, you couldn't have known it was going to happen. And your sin is nothing compared to mine when I cooked my best friend's pet cichlid, that story will bring you night terrors.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: jhocking on 08 Feb 2010, 18:36
I once punted a mouse and it was so scared of everything after that it wouldn't eat and eventually starved to death.

I know a guy who smoked a hamster. As in, he made a giant pipe, put a hamster in it, and lit it on fire. I'm not sure why, I assume it involved lots of drugs.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: ViolentDove on 08 Feb 2010, 18:51
Yeah... My friend smoked an ant once. We were sitting around smoking bongs and this ant was crawling along the floor and he just scooped it up and smoked it.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: fatty on 08 Feb 2010, 21:59
This is the guy that basically studied ants for his thesis guys! (Amirite?)

I think he knows his ant types =p But surely you'd be sick of them??
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 08 Feb 2010, 22:59
Man I would love to have a colony of Honeypot ants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeypot_ant).
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Inlander on 08 Feb 2010, 23:06
You see! Australia's not all poisonous snakes and venemous spiders and things in the sea that will stab you to death and then inject toxins into the wound just to spite you.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: McTaggart on 09 Feb 2010, 00:30
Our native bees don't sting either iirc. It's only the imported european ones.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Patrick on 09 Feb 2010, 01:20
I used to play with snails because I had no sense of adventure.

If I can find my dad's photos from when my sis and I were little, I'll show you the pictures where we're both holding fucktons of snails. Huge fuckers too, they're like a whole 3cm long each.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: The extra letter on 09 Feb 2010, 01:33
Jack Jumper ants are pretty nasty, though. They're Aussie. IIRC, they're more painful than fire ants.

Plus, in some people they can trigger anaphylactic shock.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: BeoPuppy on 09 Feb 2010, 03:50
You see! Australia's not all poisonous snakes and venemous spiders and things in the sea that will stab you to death and then inject toxins into the wound just to spite you.

Things which are not poisonous snakes and venemous spiders and things in the sea that will stab you to death and then inject toxins into the wound just to spite you. - 1.

Things which are poisonous snakes and venemous spiders and things in the sea that will stab you to death and then inject toxins into the wound just to spite you. - 12.356.569.982 and counting.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Inlander on 09 Feb 2010, 03:56
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_stinging_tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_stinging_tree)
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: scarred on 09 Feb 2010, 04:29
dude guys did anyone see that fucking goosebumps episode on nick back in the day where the kid had an ant farm and some shit went down or something like that and the ants kept growing bigger and bigger until they took over the town and captured the kid and he blacks out and he wakes up the next day and everything seems normal except the only thing in the refrigerator is blue milk and some grubby cereal crap and he goes outside and everything seems normal but then he looks up and there are giant ant heads in the sky looking down at him because now the ants are huge and keeping a human farm?

that shit freaked me out and i never watched that show ever again except for one episode where everyone was turning into mutant pig people and even though it was like noon i turned the tv off and ran away
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Post by: Spluff on 09 Feb 2010, 04:31
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_stinging_tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_stinging_tree)

I am legitimately terrified by my own country, sometimes.

Of course, previously it was always related to John Howard in some way.
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Post by: Cire27 on 09 Feb 2010, 12:08
Quote
They are so valued in times of little food and water that occasionally raiders from other colonies, knowing of these living storehouses, will attempt to steal these ants because of their high nutritional value and water conten

Oh fuck yea, Ant Raiders.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 09 Feb 2010, 20:29
Some army ant species in south America engage in chemical warfare with other ant colonies they encounter. If they're of the same species they'll steal their young and raise them as workers for their own colony. If they aren't, well, good lunch. Other ant species that have a colony in a single location have evacuation plans, so much that if they see army ants attacking they'll evacuate their nest in minutes, including the eggs and the queen and try to escape to a new location.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 09 Feb 2010, 21:24
I remember being at a school camp and the camp dude was telling us about these massive blue-green ants that have a revenge-mechanism. When you kill them they release a pheromone that tells every other ant in the colony to attack you. Ants are fucked up.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 09 Feb 2010, 21:57
Quote from: jhocking
I know a guy who smoked a hamster. As in, he made a giant pipe, put a hamster in it, and lit it on fire. I'm not sure why, I assume it involved lots of drugs.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1301#comic (http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1301#comic)
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Post by: Aurjay on 11 Feb 2010, 23:02
Worst thing i ever did was put salt on a snail. I was young and thought that in some magic poof the snail would disappear. Little did i know that is was probably a very slow painful death for the little guy. I tried saving him by putting water on him but alas he was too far gone. I still feel horrible about it and if snails ever take over the world i will have to atone for my sins.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Damnable Fiend on 11 Feb 2010, 23:08
Are you sure that common little black ants from the backyard are the right ones to have in your ant farm? A friend of mine bought an ant farm and caught some ants from the back yard, and they kept escaping because they weren't the ones that were supposed to be used. Plus they didn't dig very nice tunnels, so we were all thoroughly disappointed.

aren't ant farms supposed to be in big glass cases?

Also I was a total wimp as a kid.  I once smashed a big caterpillar with a shovel because it was freaking me out but I didn't want to touch it with my shoe
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Post by: psyne on 12 Feb 2010, 08:52
The tunnels are kinda cool looking but I gotta say I have never looked at ants outside and thought, "Man, now that is something I would love to have in my house."

I poked at snails a bit as a kid but I think my high point of messing around with wildlife was when I caught a toad, kept it in a bucket on my lawn and declared it was my pet (I never had a pet as a kid). My mom made me let him go. Probably because I was convinced that since he was green, that must mean he eats grass. Obviously flawless logic.

Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Emaline on 12 Feb 2010, 09:24
My little sister has a pet snail. His name is Gary Duck Denson. She's had him since I wanna say last fall. She found him on the porch whille waiting for her bus. She came running in saying "I found a 'nail! A 'nail! Look!" And my mom thought she picked up some rusty nail. But is was just this big snail. He's about half an inch tall, and has been living in a pie tin ever since. At night, I think she keeps him in an old strawberry container. Sometimes he disappears, and my mom finds him weeks later, doing just fine, usually in the fruit basket. The kids just love him.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Feb 2010, 11:07
the joke is that "ants" sounds almost like "pants"

This reminds me, when I was younger, I thought the lyrics to the Safety Dance were, "You can dance if you want to, you can leave your pants behind, because if pants don't dance and if they don't dance, well they're no pants of mine."

I still sing it this way
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Post by: Lunchbox on 12 Feb 2010, 14:35
You'd think snails would be easy to find when they go missing!

(http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/4619/blog20snailthumb600x390.jpg)
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Post by: Emaline on 12 Feb 2010, 14:59
Your picture is broken. :(


But he doesn't leave a trail or anything. He's pretty great that way.
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Post by: Kevin Barnes on 12 Feb 2010, 19:46
I knew a guy back in the day who would take the dead ants from his farm, line 'em up in a row and snort 'em.

Motherfucker knew how to party.
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Post by: Slick on 12 Feb 2010, 21:36
Quote from: jens
pants
Quote from: jens' sister who I think is named kris
maggots
Man I didn't bother reading this thread until now but I just wanted to say what an excellent job you two did here.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Feb 2010, 23:25
There were a bunch of ants in my room last night. They had somehow managed to smell the tiny bit of liquid I had left in the bottom of my thermos ans were all walking the entire length of my room, along the exact same path, from my window to my dresser, stopping off for about half a second every time they passed another ant to greet him. It was really cool, and I'm honestly in awe of how smart ants are. They're pretty cool!

I felt so bad when I had to kill them.
Title: Re: Ant Farms are hell fun.
Post by: syrupykeyboard on 19 Feb 2010, 11:10
YOU LIE.
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Post by: Emaline on 19 Feb 2010, 12:46
Here are the pictures of my sister's pet, Gary Duck Denson.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/mindid/100_0554.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/mindid/100_0694.jpg)
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Post by: scarred on 19 Feb 2010, 13:37
I felt so bad when I had to kill them.

And you hate on figure skating?

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/phyrexianmeatdog/lolwut.png)
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Post by: syrupykeyboard on 23 Feb 2010, 17:52
D'awww. Emaline, your sister's snail is cute. I must say, he has some interesting decorating tastes.
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Post by: Emaline on 23 Feb 2010, 22:43
hahaha They had a party at my sister's school, and apparently she brought those home, and immediately suck them in there. It was very cute and silly.