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Old 10-20-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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I can see Havalotta making a chandelier with one of these!
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Now that you have my curiosity stirred up...I MUST open it, but then again I WAS intending upon it. Poor ants.....
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Cool! But I'm still thinking about all the ants they've killed in the process.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Tell you what - if I ever decide to heat molten anything to 1200 degrees, I'll only pour it on Fire Ant mounds . . .
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That's way cool! I've never seen anything like that before! That's art IMO!!! I'd hang 1 of those in my greenhouse in a heart beat.
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It is really beautiful, isn't it? I did feel sorry for the poor ants, but I have put out enough ant bait over the years when they come into my house that I can't feel too morally superior about it. I am very impressed that he devised this method to visualize the architecture of the mound, and that it works so well. I would buy one and hang it up - everyone would think it was modern art. What a conversation piece it would be!
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:32 AM   #7
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I wonder if hot wax would work....Probably not...I suspect it would cool too quick.
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I think the wax might break easily Havalotta the aluminum scraps make an enduring cast, hahaha I think the guy even said to the reporter 'this thing would last thru a barroom fight'.

I've heard of guys with brass knuckles, but you really gotta be ready... if some troublesome goomer shows up at the watering hole with his ant hive project.

The teacher is lucky, in that his area is mostly fine grained dirt, here in the Ozarks the ground has been called 'karst' which is kind of especially porous in some places and generally stony, which who knows, might lead to some really strange ant architectures! I know a few yellow jacket nests I wouldn't mind making a mold of.~~~Joking, JOkiNG! folks, don't worry my yellow jackets shall remain quite happily...undisturbed by me.~~~

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