Discover the impressive number of ants living on earth today.
Estimates suggest that there are about one million ants for every single person on earth.
In other words, if the number of ants in the world was rounded up, divided and parceled out to every man, woman and child on the planet, you personally would stand to receive a number in excess of one million -- and so would every one of your friends and family members.
Ants share with honey bees the distinction of having the most advanced society in the insect world. This social organization is what allows colonies of tiny ants to accomplish tremendous feats -- most obviously the building of huge and elaborate ant-cities to house their breeding queens and growing larvae.
But the social laws that govern the ant colonies are brutal, even offensive to our own sense of how life should be.
In most societies, an ant is one of three things:
Perhaps most troublingly of all, there are even some species of ants that gleefully practice slavery. Through brute force or cunning trickery, these ants enslave the members of rival ant species, forcing them to provide food and labor for an alien colony.
Indeed, we should be thankful that ants are so tiny and unthreatening to our own American way of life. But for the record, if any sort of 1950s-style nuclear mishaps produces a race of giant super-ants...watch out for the insect overlords.