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Old 07-03-09, 11:20 AM   #1
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Ant-o-Phobia

I hate ants. They're ok if outside but if they come inside then (!!!) it's because they come in hordes etc.

Anyway, there's a creepy movie on tv right now, I dunno the title but it should be called Ants on a Plane. This passenger, a fat middle aged guy is sweating/pale etc then gets up, pukes in a guy's lap then ants crawl out of him (!) and he falls down, covered with ants (ewww) this guy tries to save him, rips his shirt off but the ants tore a hole out of his chest and the guy dies. Now there are thousands of ants in the plane. BARF EW BARF.

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As much as some people hate ants, you'd hate it if they were suddenly all gone. Like most things on earth, they serve a purpose. My guess is that the earth's ecosystem would improve if humans were suddenly gone, but would struggle if some insects disappeared. I never understood people's phobias, or dislikes of certain bugs or animals.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Ants...invade...they're an army of arthropods and they're quite difficult to get rid of. Plus they sting, well not the ones up here but some in other places do. I also hate silverfish if it helps.
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Ants...invade...they're an army of arthropods and they're quite difficult to get rid of. Plus they sting, well not the ones up here but some in other places do. I also hate silverfish if it helps.
Had to look that one up. Never heard of silverfish before. They sound adorable and are one of earths natural vacuum cleaners:

"The silverfish is a nocturnal insect that can commonly be found in attics, basements, bathrooms, wall voids, subfloor areas, and cracks or crevices.

The silverfish, Lepisma saccharina, originated in the tropics, but it has been able to extend its range to temperate countries by dwelling in damp and warm locations. Silverfish or their eggs can be unknowingly transported from one area to another in cardboard cartons, books, paper and many other carbohydrate substances. Silverfish are wingless insects that possess a flat and slender, silvery scale covered body. They have long thin antennae and three slender appendages at the rear of the body. Silverfish are long-lived insects that can travel very quickly on flat surfaces. They are scavengers and will feed on crumbs, dead insects, starch, glue, paste, and an assortment of paper products. The reproductive cycle of the females vary depending upon their environmental conditions, and their tiny eggs usually take two to six weeks to hatch."
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Ewwww hatching ewwww. We dont have much in the way of Roaches up here, so I never developed loathing of them, though when I went to Brasil I saw a dead one on a sidewalk and I was like "holy crap!!!" Apparently they fly!
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mmm...ants
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ants are making their move to take over the world!

A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered.
Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth...00/8127519.stm
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Fried ants are tasty!!!
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Red ants FTW.
If I could just figure out how to train them...
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I like my ant, but she lives in Hawaii.
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Ants are the most amazing creatures- read Wilson's The Ants and you'll see what I mean. (Full disclosure- some of my research is in the area of artificial life, and that includes ant colony optimization and swarm behavior. I'm biased- I love ant and gnat behavior...)
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and don't forget to add Chocolate Covered Ants to the menu
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As much as some people hate ants, you'd hate it if they were suddenly all gone. Like most things on earth, they serve a purpose. My guess is that the earth's ecosystem would improve if humans were suddenly gone, but would struggle if some insects disappeared. I never understood people's phobias, or dislikes of certain bugs or animals.
My wife is "arachnophobic." I DO NOT tease her about it. I don't understand phobias either. Mine is that I can swim well, but am terrified of water where I can't touch the floor/bottom. Very odd since I grew up on the coast of Washington state. You go to the beach many times a year and swim all day, as well as comb the beach for 'stuff.'

I also have a phobia with/about hypodermic needles. Twice a year I go in for blood labs, and every time they ask if I'm OK. I always respond with "This creeps me out a little." So then the nurse starts relating how many times she's done this or that with needles. Excuse me, but did I just say I'm creeped out with needles? Damn. I guess dancing into the lab as they expose the needle would make them stop asking. Go figure. I can't even watch it on tv.

Lastly, phobias are never something to tease one about. It really can be damaging, psychologically.

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As much as some people hate ants, you'd hate it if they were suddenly all gone. Like most things on earth, they serve a purpose. My guess is that the earth's ecosystem would improve if humans were suddenly gone, but would struggle if some insects disappeared. I never understood people's phobias, or dislikes of certain bugs or animals.
Army ants are a little creepy. Bullet ants sound pretty cool, just because of the punch they pack.

The appropriate term for an irrational fear of ants is Myrmecophobia.
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I hate ants. They're ok if outside but if they come inside then (!!!) it's because they come in hordes etc.

Anyway, there's a creepy movie on tv right now, I dunno the title but it should be called Ants on a Plane. This passenger, a fat middle aged guy is sweating/pale etc then gets up, pukes in a guy's lap then ants crawl out of him (!) and he falls down, covered with ants (ewww) this guy tries to save him, rips his shirt off but the ants tore a hole out of his chest and the guy dies. Now there are thousands of ants in the plane. BARF EW BARF.

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My wife is "arachnophobic." I DO NOT tease her about it. I don't understand phobias either. Mine is that I can swim well, but am terrified of water where I can't touch the floor/bottom. Very odd since I grew up on the coast of Washington state. You go to the beach many times a year and swim all day, as well as comb the beach for 'stuff.'

I also have a phobia with/about hypodermic needles. Twice a year I go in for blood labs, and every time they ask if I'm OK. I always respond with "This creeps me out a little." So then the nurse starts relating how many times she's done this or that with needles. Excuse me, but did I just say I'm creeped out with needles? Damn. I guess dancing into the lab as they expose the needle would make them stop asking. Go figure. I can't even watch it on tv.

Lastly, phobias are never something to tease one about. It really can be damaging, psychologically.
Was I teasing?
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Was I teasing?
From skijor to jsharr things are a bit shaky, but then this is BF (and Foo,) never to be taken seriously.

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