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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:04 PM

Did Noah have

termites on the ark?

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Reply Did Noah have (Original post)
Floyd R. Turbo Jun 2019 OP
Ptah Jun 2019 #1
hunter Jun 2019 #2
Ptah Jun 2019 #3
hunter Jun 2019 #4
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #5
zanana1 Jun 2019 #6

Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:07 PM

1. Only two

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Response to Ptah (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:29 PM

2. Two, at first. A termite queen lays an egg every three seconds.

"This little male king sits next to this enormous female that can be several inches long, a ghastly thing," Moffett says. "Even an entomologist like myself, who loves all creatures equally, is pretty startled when he sees a termite queen."

Her skin is stretched and translucent, revealing a bubbling juice underneath the surface. The babies begin to tend the queen. They feed her and they clean her. She sweats an exudate that they lick off continuously. These workers carry away the eggs, stack them in little piles and tend to them until the little termites hatch. Gradually, the queen gives birth to the entire mound.

https://www.npr.org/2011/05/06/136028437/a-termite-queen-and-her-ultimate-sacrifice


The math is left as an exercise for the reader.



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Response to hunter (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:36 PM

3. Add a few variables to the math

There are a wide variety of natural predators when it comes to termites.
From insects and reptiles to mammals and birds, termites are in a constant struggle to survive.

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Response to Ptah (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 04:53 PM

4. The survival struggles on Noah's Ark must have been awesome.

Picture Noah in a Far Side cartoon, hands on hips, scolding Mr. & Mrs. Hyena:

"What the hell, guys!? I could overlook it when you ate one of my wives, she was not a favorite, but you ate the Unicorns too????"

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:21 PM

5. No, silly, he only had dinosaurs!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:20 AM

6. I think the question here is...

Wouldn't termites eat the ark? (Oh, I love these intellectual discussions)!

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