The Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ant. How would like to get a package of these?
In a previous post, But Seriously, I described my use of Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ants when dealing with critics. When I receive criticism I feel is unwarranted, I drop a package in the mail to the critic. The package contains a colony of the ants in question. The label on the package reads: shake roughly before opening. (The only thing Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ants hate more than critics is to be shaken roughly.)
Note: For criticism to reach the Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ant level, it has to really hurt my feelings; if I exhale a feeble whimper followed by a pained, why, upon receiving the criticism, you’re getting ants in the mail.
It would seem there some people out there who don’t believe that Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ants are real. People who suddenly seem to be experts on Amazonian wildlife and entomology. People who say they’ve done their own research and can’t find any evidence of the existence of such an insect.
Hey people, Wikipedia doesn’t know everything.
These people claim that no self-respecting taxonomist would give an ant such a silly name.
Things are often given weird or inappropriate names. Have you ever seen a person and immediately thought to yourself: that person’s parents misnamed him; his name should be Rat-Bastard Morgan instead of Piers.
Note: my deepest apologies to Piers Morgan and his family, that was entirely uncalled for, but I really like that joke.
They also say that ants don’t sting: they bite.
Nature provides us with many oddities and exceptions: mammals don’t lay eggs, but the duck-billed platypus does. Birds don’t swim under water, but penguins do. Humans don’t shed their skin like snakes, but Hugh Hefner did. The list goes on and on.
Note: my apologies to Hugh Hefner and his family–may he rest in peace–but he was kind of a snake.
Let’s say for the sake of argument, the name Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ants, is in fact, a product of my fertile if not slightly warped mind.
Who’s to say such an insect doesn’t already exist. There have been over 400 hundred new species of plants and animals discovered in the Amazonian rain forest in recent years, including a monkey that purrs like a kitten and a vegetarian piranha.
Note: the vegetarian piranha was classified as Piersus Morganus, the monkey they called Ted.
Perhaps one of those 400 hundred discoveries is an insect whose sheer nature and attributes demand it be classified as a Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ant.
Just the other day I read an article about a researcher on the Amazon River who discovered a previously unknown water fowl. The water fowl was infested with a previously unknown type of tick. The tick bit the researcher and infected him with a previously unknown and highly infectious disease.
The disease would have incubated within his body over a period of months and the researcher would have unwittingly unleashed a devastating epidemic upon the populace.
Half the population would have suffered from the following symptoms:
- A rash on their butts in the shape Mickey Rooney’s face.
- A rash on their faces in the shape of Mickey Rooney’s butt.
- Dry mouth.
- Itchy scalp.
- Dry itchy mouth and or scalp.
- All cheese will taste like wire.
- All other food will taste like cheese, but the nasty kind like Limburger.
- Chipmunks will throw pine cones at their heads.
- Migraines from being hit in the head with pine cones.
- They would have become obsessed with Kayne West and Kim Kardashian, droning on endlessly about their babies and how beautiful and perfect their lives are.
The other half of the population would have become depressed and suicidal, mostly due to the fact that the first half of the population were droning on endlessly about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, their babies and how beautiful and perfect their lives are.
Luckily the researcher was then bitten by a common poisonous snake and died straight away.
The point being: for all you critics out there doubtful of the existence of Crazy Stinging Amazonian Bastard Ants, you might just receive a package in the mail containing a hive of Raging Bolivian Biting Wasps. Remember to shake it roughly.
I know there are some of you out there who are doubtful of the monkey that purrs like a kitten and the vegetarian piranha. Do you think I just make this stuff up?
Ted, the monkey that purrs like a kitten.