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Sat Oct 12, 2013, 04:57 PM

What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill?

Totally cool demonstration - not what you are expecting at all

http://www.sciencedump.com/content/what-happens-when-you-pour-1200f-molten-aluminum-anthill

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Reply What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill? (Original post)
FreakinDJ Oct 2013 OP
uppityperson Oct 2013 #1
ScreamingMeemie Oct 2013 #2
texanwitch Oct 2013 #4
ScreamingMeemie Oct 2013 #5
texanwitch Oct 2013 #11
Zorra Oct 2013 #19
ScreamingMeemie Oct 2013 #21
d_r Oct 2013 #3
rrneck Oct 2013 #7
Auggie Oct 2013 #20
FreakinDJ Oct 2013 #37
blogslut Oct 2013 #6
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struggle4progress Oct 2013 #28
NoGOPZone Oct 2013 #8
treestar Oct 2013 #9
HERVEPA Oct 2013 #10
Pretzel_Warrior Oct 2013 #18
HERVEPA Oct 2013 #26
wercal Oct 2013 #12
Incitatus Oct 2013 #30
DeSwiss Oct 2013 #13
nadinbrzezinski Oct 2013 #14
petronius Oct 2013 #15
rhett o rick Oct 2013 #16
Hekate Oct 2013 #17
rwsanders Oct 2013 #22
Snake Plissken Oct 2013 #23
Kaleva Oct 2013 #33
gopiscrap Oct 2013 #24
ut oh Oct 2013 #25
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2013 #27
Tuesday Afternoon Oct 2013 #31
Iggo Oct 2013 #29
ajk2821 Oct 2013 #32
LittleGirl Oct 2013 #34
Gothmog Oct 2013 #35
K.O. Stradivarius Oct 2013 #36

Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:01 PM

1. Ignoring all the ant deaths, that is very neat. Thank you.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:05 PM

2. Very neat. Although, for the first time ever...I found myself feeling sorry for the ants.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:08 PM

4. Me to.

I am not happy about ant bites but I am sure it was fast.

The result was interesting.

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Response to texanwitch (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:09 PM

5. Especially those fire ant bites...

Can you imagine, with how big our fire ant mounds get, how intricate their tunnels must be?

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:28 PM

11. I got into some ants the other day, big red ants.

I haven't seen ants that big since the farm when I was a kid.

I knew nests went down a long way.

My grandpa would pour gasoline down the center of the nest.

This would be tall mounds.

Then set it on fire underground.

I think the ant had a better end this way.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:25 PM

19. I don't like ants, fire ants in particular. The only thing I like about ants is that they are food

for cool critters like horned toads and armadillos. But fire ants are totally useless, IMO, because nothing eats them, and they bite me for no reason at every opportunity.

They have no natural predators, except for me whenever they live within a hundred yard radius of my home.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #19)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:27 PM

21. It's fighting a losing battle here in Houston.

I treat the mounds when I see them, and they build ridiculously fast.

My father was hospitalized because of fire ants. Yes, they are vicious things.

On edit: This article made me laugh last year:

http://blog.chron.com/leonhale/2012/10/fire-ants-can%E2%80%99t-beat-%E2%80%99em-why-not-raise-%E2%80%99em/

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:07 PM

3. put one of those

on top of your tv and you'll get all kinds of channels

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:12 PM

7. But all the shows will be about ants...

They're baaaaaaaack...

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Response to rrneck (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:26 PM

20. ROFL

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:45 PM

37. +1000

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:11 PM

6. A sociopathic angel gets its wings?

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Response to blogslut (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:33 PM

28. +

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:13 PM

8. "The cast will sacrifice the lives of the ants". Ya think? nt

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:13 PM

9. It's amazing how they do what they do

they must do it by instinct, but having storage chambers and working together the way they do - it's like they can think!

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:24 PM

10. Disgusting sociopath. But he has his pretty "chandelier"

and learned nothing that he didn't know before.

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Response to HERVEPA (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:21 PM

18. Uh yeah. Get a grip. This person is helping teach others about

 

The intricacies of ant colonies and you're going to quibble over a few ant lives?

Besides, he posted a 30 day notice ext to the ant colony. They are the ones who chose to ignore it.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #18)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:25 PM

26. Hilarious. Not.

Yeh. What could he teach with that that he couldn't teach without it?

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:30 PM

12. Another one

http://m.&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DlFg21x2sj-M

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Response to wercal (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:45 PM

30. 10 tons of concrete to fill it. Holy crap that's a huge anthill. nt

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:33 PM

13. Cement would have done nicely.

- Now that we know what they look like, maybe we should stop doing this......



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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:37 PM

14. thanks for sharing

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:51 PM

15. Ants learn how to make metal tools, and they take over the world?





(Very cool - thanks for the post!)

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 05:55 PM

16. k&r thanks for posting. nm

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:06 PM

17. It makes a beautiful sculpture, doesn't it?

I agree with the theory that insects like bees and ants have "hive intelligence" -- the whole is so much more than the individual or even the sum of its parts.

I know we have ant colonies (and subterranean termite colonies) underneath the cement slab of our house. I wonder just how deep they go into the hard clay soil. Fascinating.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 06:29 PM

22. CBS news sunday morning is a great show. Haven't seen it in years though.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:01 PM

23. That's the ants 9/11

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Response to Snake Plissken (Reply #23)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:01 PM

33. Lol!!!

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:03 PM

24. that was very interesting

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:18 PM

25. that was really cool

or hot..

errrr....

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:33 PM

27. Now let's try that with something transparent.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #27)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:52 PM

31. oh yeah. that would be cool!

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:39 PM

29. You grow up to be a serial killer?

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 07:54 PM

32. After seeing my son get hospitalized by fire ants

I contemplated doing something like this on our land in Texas. They had built a nest right outside the screen door and had made their way inside when he has attacked while playing.

I did kill the mound right outside the door using various ways.

Does this make me a sociopath or a serial killer as people on this thread have called the scientist?

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:06 PM

34. very cool thanks

I've been fighting Texas Leaf Cutting Ants in my yard all summer. I hope they go underground and stay there this winter. They about destroyed two tombstone rose bushes I have in the yard. They are close to 20-30 yrs old and those ants stripped one in one night. I about freaked out! I ran to a landscaping nursery and have been poisoning them since. They have also stripped two 30 ft tall cyprus trees I have next to the garage too. I had to cut one down this spring because it was already dead and there was nothing I could do to save that tree. It broke my heart to cut it down.

Listen, I think all creatures are cool but when they destroy my landscaping, I'm going to fight back.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:18 PM

35. This was great

Thank you for sharing

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:30 PM

36. "What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill?"

 

Let me guess... burnt ants?

In all seriousness, it's pretty amazing and beautiful how these colonies are constructed.





http://www.core77.com/blog/architecture/walter_tschinkels_aluminum_casts_of_ant_colonies_reveals_insect_architecture_23607.asp

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