Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ants' Infected Red Rumps Look Yummy

Now is that one of the stranger phrases you've seen--Ants' Infected Red Rumps Look Yummy?

I had to triangulate on it: it's somewhere in the region bounded by annoying, intruiging, and mystifying. If it were the subject line of an e-mail, I'd be expecting Rolexes, Canadian pharmaceuiticals, or penis-enlargement products, but it's the headline for a science article. And, much to my surprise, it may come in handy in the book I'm writing. (Not the headline, the science in the article.)

But I'm not staking a claim. If any of the rest of you can use it for something, feel free. And I know some of you (Matt, Aliya, Neil, Charles) are prone to perpetrate short stories; need a title? (Need a premise?)

9 comments:

Janet said...

That's the beauty of being a writer. You can justify anything as research...

Matt Curran said...

Mmmm... It's a little similar to the book title "Do Ants have arseholes?"

And no, I don't know the answer to that question either.

Neil said...

Sounds a perfect title for a Ms Whiteley short.

Aliya Whiteley said...

Yes, it does sound like one of mine, doesn't it?

David Isaak said...

Whaddaya mean, Janet? My research is carefully controlled, sharply delineated, and directed with great precision. As should be clear. Ant's rumps are one of the foundation stones of modern lit.

David Isaak said...

Hi, Matt--

I'd been given to understand all God's chilluns had 'em.

Well, except maybe protazoans.

David Isaak said...

Hi, Neil, hi, Aliya--

We all seem to be agreed. Aliya is elected.

Janet said...

David, I look forward to your unique spin on infected ant rumps in your next book. Cornerstone of literature or no, this is a plot element I haven't often encountered. ;o)

David Isaak said...

Hi, Janet--

Well, just two days ago I wrote a passage in my new novel about mites that live in the ears of moths.

I admit it doesn't sound like thriller material, but there you are...