Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Link roundup

1.  Some farmer ants benefit by sharing space with a different type of warrior ant:

Unlike their hosts, the parasitic ants are far from defenceless. They raise their stings and release a powerful venom directly into the air—an airborne chemical weapon that kills the raiders and befuddles any survivors. “Rather than uniting as an efficient infiltration squad they turn on each other and attack, sometimes killing their own kin,” says Adams.
2.  Great story about Larry Hama.

3.  "Groupon says its website crashed due to the number of customers in India vying for a once-in-a-lifetime deal on onions."

4.  From Cracked's list of video game glitches:
Dragon's Dogma had the rare ability of allowing you to "romance" any character in the game by doing things like giving them gifts or drawing your sword in front of them (in real life, that usually gets you arrested). However, due to a glitch in the system, the only requirement for raising someone's "romance level" was talking to them -- meaning the game would unilaterally decide that whoever you talked to the most must be your lover, whether you liked it or not. So, upon reaching the crucial part of the game where you have to fight a dragon that has kidnapped your beloved, many players were surprised to find out that their beloved was ... the guy who runs the inn. Or the old shopkeeper. Or even the mustachioed midget in the jester suit you kept talking to because you were stoned and his voice seemed amusing.

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