Swarm Of Ants Around a Ringing Phone Will Freak Your Brains
This world is funnily freaky. Everyday, we come across tons of things that doesn't really fail to amaze us. This one is just one of them. Swarm Of ants revolving around a ringing phone might just be the best thing you'll see today. People have compared this to the Muslim Haj in Mecca, when devout pilgrims circle the Kaaba in the center. But ants aren't Muslims, so why are they doing this?
One hypothesis as to why ants swarm around phones is that ants can detect the Earth's magnetic field and their navigation gets completely obliterated by the ringing phone.Another hypothesis is that the vibrations and the ringing of the phone excite them. Seems reasonable enough. But the troubling fact is that...
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But the troubling fact is that even experts don't know for sure why the ants do this, even though this circling behavior is seen often seen in ant colonies. Usually they do it when they lose the scent of the pheromone that keeps them connected to the other ants. When they lose the scent they begin to follow each other in a circle until they die of exhaustion. Sad, but it begs the question: Can a phone interrupt the scent of pheromones?
But there is one theory that seems appropriate. Australian entomologist Nigel Andrew from the University of New England says "Perhaps when the phone starts to ring, the radio waves it operates on messes with their sense of direction. A lot of ants use magnetism to orientate themselves. [They] have magnetic receptors in their antennae. If they're traveling long distances they use magnetic cues from Earth to know if they are going north, east, south or west." Well, whatever the rason is, we just love the...
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