Do ants take baths? And other important grad school questions

I just encountered my first Google fail. I image searched “ants taking a bath” (for various, top secret research reasons, of course) and got NOTHING. The first thing that came up was a dog. NOT EVEN CLOSE. So I’m coming here to vent about this. (i was hoping for a cartoon version, because in reality bugs in large groups freak me out.)


BUT then I realized, I can fix this problem. NEVER FEAR. Because now, your “ants taking a bath” no picture problem has been solved. [Never really wanted to know if ants actually take baths]

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Cred to C-Dubs on the clawfeet. Mine won’t ever get the chance to run.


You are so welcome.


Other important questions that may arise during grad school:

Can I cut this? 

And how does ______ achieve this function? 

Can I palpate you?

How can we keep a coffee maker hidden all semester?

Are my khakis really jean cut?




Jorts and Dead Fish: A Holiday Public Beach Experience

1. Jorts. [Self explanatory].

2. You’ve heard of the rule that if it’s dead and you didn’t kill it, you shouldn’t touch it? You haven’t? Congrats, you aren’t the only one! About 10 people at the beach on the 4th of July may have ended up with a weird fish parasite because it seemed like it was a good idea to pick up a dead fish from Lake Michigan. A couple points for a safe holiday (next year):

a) Lake Michigan. Don’t take anything from this lake, ever. Just as a general rule, especially if you are in Milwaukee or Chicago. In Chicago it is a particularly bad idea, since city officials actually do have to monitor the fecal count in the water. (Really, do not feed the birds.)

Actually, maybe don’t even go swimming. Just stay out of the water, and you’ll be fine.

Don’t pick up anything you find dead on the beach either.

b) Let me reiterate. If you didn’t kill the dead thing, don’t touch it. You don’t know where that’s been!

Bradford Beach Milwaukee is definitely a change of pace from Chiami (aka North Ave Beach, Chicago). Biggest difference: While there was still a hint of Jersey Shore (can’t be a city beach without it), the number of guys wearing Armani/Hugo Boss/CK under their swim trunks was about 1/8 of that found in Chiami. If you think that this is not a thing, check out Chiami. I understand that swim trunk liners can chafe, but please be advised that you just look like a douchebag when you show off your high-end name brand underwear. Adopting the Captain Morgan stance atop your cooler doesn’t help.

All in all, a beautiful day 4th of July in Milwaukee. We should do this more than once a year. ‘Merica.


So sweet.