Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sonic Cicadas

It's something for the Last Word in New Scientist:

Q: Given that they're a dime a dozen at this time of year, and hardly need to broadcast their presence to a prospective mate a kilometre away, how come cicadas need to be so excruciatingly LOUD!!?

A1: Because, like all marketeers, they're trying to stand out from the crowd (like everybody else)!

A2: Because they're all stone deaf!


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