Sunday Morning Trivia – Grasshoppers

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Question: Do grasshoppers have agendas?

Historically, ..at least according to Aesop and his universal axiom concerning the relationship between Grasshoppers and Ants…

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(Aesop).

Aesop (c. 620–564 BC), was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables, and/or, stories, collectively known as Aesop’s Fables.

Although his existence remains uncertain and (if they ever existed) no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

Scattered details of Aesop’s life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states.

Aesop believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources. They continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic mediums.

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The grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as the short-horned grasshopper.

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Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.

Question: How many grasshoppers does it take to qualify as a horde of locusts?

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Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae.

These are species that can breed rapidly under suitable conditions and subsequently become gregarious and migratory when their populations become dense enough. They form bands as nymphs and swarms as adults. 

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Both the bands and the swarms are nomadic and rapidly strip fields and greatly damage crops. The adults are powerful fliers; they can travel great distances, …

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consuming practically all green material wherever the swarm settles.

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Factoid: When locusts are hungry and on the move, ..there is nothing on earth they won’t try to consume, …

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..even a political opponent.

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eating a grasshopper

Fact: Grasshoppers are edible insects, and are considered a delicacy in some countries and there have been references to their consumption as food throughout history.

However, on swarming they are known to produce a toxin that renders them inedible and causes a skin reaction in sunlight.

Personally, if your taste run anywhere near parallel to mind, a grasshopper would be pretty hard to swallow.

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But then history bears out that toxins have always been hard to swallow, ..or at least they were before the current horde of locusts, ..and/or, ..the “Obama Administration,” ..descended upon Washington with their socialist, “don’t worry about what (our policies) tastes like,”…

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..b’cuz America’s decent (follow the rules) “nine to five” working men and women are picking up the tab.

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For those of you who might not remember? “transparency” was one of Barry’s “favorite buzzwords” during both his first and second campaigns, and he still enjoys using the word at every opportunity.

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According to Webster: “trans·par·ent,” (in context) Easily seen through; obvious; free from guile; candid and open.

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Final Note” Easy to see through – free from guile – candid and open,” all great traits, ..and/or, ..”characteristics” ..that our current (Commander-in-Chief), “strategically” conceal behind his charismatic grin.

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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