Saturday, September 18, 2010

Goodbye, Tea-Partiers

Found this at Andrew Sullivan's blog, and it's really extraordinary. This is called an "ant mill".

According to Wikipedia:

An ant mill is a phenomenon where a small group of army ants separated from the main foraging party lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. This has been reproduced in laboratories and the behaviour has also been produced in ant colony simulations.[1] This phenomenon is a side effect of the self-organizing structure of ant colonies. Each ant follows the ant in front of it, and this will work until something goes wrong and an ant mill forms.[2] An ant mill was first described by William Beebe who observed a mill 1,200 feet (365 m) in circumference. It took each ant 2.5 hours to make one revolution.

I am obviously filled with hope. Will soaking Glen Beck with bleach do the trick?

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