Life at № 42
Sounds like something Jonathan Swift or Mark Twain would write, though I highly doubt there’s any satire intended here. Well, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to give my ant slaves their chores for the day.
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I know much of this issue, thanks to Albert, my Ant Butler –
– Esme standing with the ants upon the Cloud
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Albert used to work for me. Be careful because I caught him embezzling from me and had to fire him. The little “bugger.”
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He’s a changed ant these days, back then he was hanging about with a crowd of dodgy woodlice. I do have miniature CCTV trained on him just to be sure mind you.
– Esme getting down with the beasties upon the Cloud
I thought this article was some kind of hoax, or an attempt to justify slavery, but apparently it’s true.
The thing I found most interesting, however, was that the slave-making ants were described as having ‘specialised’ so much that they could no longer look after their own young or even feed themselves. Now /that/ is a counter survival behaviour if ever there was one. If catastrophe struck and they ran out of smaller ants to enslave, the whole species would die out.
I guess this is an example of a lop-sided symbiosis in which the more powerful partner is, in evolutionary terms, the weaker.
Thanks Pinky. 🙂
And that’s just one type of ant! Now we know there are even more types of social hierarchy. Just like… 😀
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…us. 😀 Yes, it is interesting isn’t it?
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P.S. The whole book from which that’s taken is available for download free here: https://archive.org/details/propertyitsorigi00letorich
Thanks, Pinky! Just downloaded it. 😀
How many ants are needed to fill an apartment?
What did the Pink Panther say when he stepped on an ant?
Dead Ant . . . Dead Ant . . . Dead Ant, Dead Ant, Dead Ant, Dead Ant, Dead Aaaannt . . .
This is chilling because those ‘sentiments’ persist to this day in certain circles. And saw this today, seemed something you would find of interest. Wonder if you’re familiar:
No, I’d never heard about it. What an amazing story. The paradoxes in the article itself are amazing, the writer can’t help but highlight the importance of the aristocracy/wealth/importance of the Hungarian family- as a marker of value.
I had several ants who were nuns…. Oh sorry, aunts. :p
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