A formidable smell

A formidable smell

A formidable smell

Bad Astronomy
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Oct. 9 2006 2:55 PM

A formidable smell

Wanna know what burning ants smell like?

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

They smell like a toaster oven that hasn't been cleaned for a while and is set to "high".

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I know this, because my office smells like burning toast, and it's coming from our new printer, and climbing up our new printer's power cable is a line of ants, and they are marching lockstep into the printer, and the printer is hot, and I need not, I think, finish this thought for you.

The printer is brand new, but I suspect we'll have to get it replaced, or at least cleaned. Many ants were carrying eggs with them, so they probably thought that this would make a nice new home for their colony.

Obviously, there are still a few bugs in the system.

OK, so which one of you science nerds gets the title of this, eh?