Good To Know: Ants Will Carry Little Signs For You If You Dab Them With Pee First (The Signs Not The Ants)

May 28, 2013


This is a video from Smarter Every Day showing how you can get leafcutter ants to carry little signs for you by peeing on them. The urine, which contains salt, make the little bits of paper desirable for the ants to drag back to their colony and use to grow their fungal food. It reminded me of how you can get my roommate to drink urine by mixing it into the orange juice container.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Lukas, who tried to get cockroaches to carry signs by reasoning with them but they just infested his kitchen and set up base behind the refrigerator instead.

  • No Chill Bill Cosby

    Imagine if someone used this for a marriage proposal. Yes, how romantic.

  • I used to know a guy who was very similar.

  • Brant_Alan

    As in, he'd carry your things for you if you peed on them first?

  • Not quite.
    If you were willing to pee on him, however, he'd do pretty much what ever you liked.
    I didn't take him up on the offer.

  • inconspicuous

    if they forage for sodium, why not use salt water?

  • Closet Nerd

    Do you want to hear a joke about Sodium?

  • jibjab

    Pee is better

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