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Fire Ants
Here in the entomology department, we have a simple two-step formula for answering any question: (1) ants are cool, and (2) we forgot the question because we were thinking about ants.
Title text: Here in the entomology department, we have a simple two-step formula for answering any question: (1) ants are cool, and (2) we forgot the question because we were thinking about ants.


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A university student (Cueball) goes to his advisor. However she doesn't advise him about academic matters, but talks about ants instead. In the title text we learn she is an entomologist(someone who studies insects).

The advisor appears to offer a quasi biblical metaphor. Her use of the word "consider" referencea; "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:" (Matthew 6:28 KJV)


"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." (Proverbs 6:6 King James Version)

So perhaps she is going to offer some moral advice in the way that Jesus or the Old Testament did, this time based on fireants and their reaction to being flooded out of their habitat. But no. she's just obsessed with ants.


[Cueball is talking to an advisor,the advisor is sitting at a desk]

Cueball: I'm having second thoughts about grad school and could use some advice.
Advisor: Consider the fire ant.
Advisor: When there's a flood, fire ants survive by joining together into giant floating rafts.

[Cueball is standing in the panel]

- No Text -
Cueball: Wait, what lesson am I supposed to take from that?
Advisor: Ants are so cool!
Cueball: ... You're not big on metaphors, are you.
Advisor: I am big on ants.

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