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A formidable smell

Bad Astronomy
By Phil Plait
Oct 9, 2006 11:55 PMNov 5, 2019 6:51 AM


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Wanna know what burning ants smell like? They smell like a toaster oven that hasn't been cleaned for a while and is set to "high". 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?

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