How to get Ants to carry a sign - Smarter Every Day 92

  • Published: 26 May 2013
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Comments • 877

  • rob hanna
    rob hanna  2 weeks back

    Did you pee on the paper? To make to ants attracted to it?

    • chasendash Green
      chasendash Green  3 weeks back

      lol... Very interesting guys

      • mike malo
        mike malo  2 months back

        A.D.H.D. guy sez: take a bunch of those leaf snippets, like 15 for each letter in SMARTER EVERY DAY, "handout" the letters to your ants in order but arranged so the letters are carried by in a column and so are seen from fore to background, like a marching band spelling out the words for their school. Or, hand them out randomly and let the viewer arrange the words (since your viewers would hopefully be smarter than the average bear), add in noise letters and numbers for a more random viewing effect. And finally, teach your ants a martial art, then teach them how to play Capture the Flag. Now that's good watchin' !! (And no ones' mom will be calling them home for dinner.)

        • Jayraj Karelia
          Jayraj Karelia  2 months back

          Ants doing commercials

          How much did it cost you?😂

          He: Like just three hours😂😂😂😂😂

          • Mysterious Aussie
            Mysterious Aussie  2 months back

            Anyone know what the small snippet of music/sound was at the end of the video? (4:00 mark). I think it's from a game

            • THEO CRAIN
              THEO CRAIN  3 months back

              I will not believe this unless Mr. Torres will show me how he peed on the paper..

              • Kurt R. Warner
                Kurt R. Warner  3 months back

                Did the ants get screen actor guild pay rate?? LOL!!

                • weILL
                  weILL  3 months back

                  The most viewed ant in the world

                  • gefloigle
                    gefloigle  4 months back

                    Step 1: Invent Pym particles
                    Step 2: Make a huge sign
                    Step 3: Shrink it to ant size
                    Step 4: ???
                    Step 5: Make a video and profit! Easy!

                    • Tyson Coote
                      Tyson Coote  5 months back

                      Any way we can convince ants to sort flour gold from black sand,willing to pay handsomly . "sugar ,cat biskets bread crumbs ,whatever the ants want!!

                      • tyler bendel
                        tyler bendel  5 months back

                        I thought it was done in post

                        • Grant Homa
                          Grant Homa  5 months back

                          coudl have just dissolved some salt in water no?

                          • FollowTheLaw Damit
                            FollowTheLaw Damit  5 months back

                            use CGI next time 🤦

                            • CulturalCompass
                              CulturalCompass  5 months back

                              Lol great topic!

                              • Larry Crist
                                Larry Crist  6 months back

                                I live in the Rio Grande Valley in extreme southern Texas and we have leaf-cutter ants down here. Everyone hates them. They come out at night and can strip a small tree in a single night. Maybe you could do an episode that goes more in depth on these creatures. Maybe offer up some ideas for managing them so they don't take out our shrubbery in the middle of the night. Love your videos! Keep up the good work.

                                • Scott Mauney
                                  Scott Mauney  6 months back

                                  "Salty Pee Nuts, Get Your Salty Pee Nuts!"

                                  • Frankie Teague
                                    Frankie Teague  6 months back

                                    Lmbo that was so kewl.

                                    • LowJack187
                                      LowJack187  6 months back

                                      Couldn't you have just sweated on it?

                                      • Cozmorobot Sutharat
                                        Cozmorobot Sutharat  6 months back

                                        I saw what u did to the paper sorry

                                        • Rowena Grinsam
                                          Rowena Grinsam  6 months back

                                          How much you pay them?

                                          • coty stricklen
                                            coty stricklen  7 months back

                                            I love how the little ants on the P paper while the big ants toting it

                                            • Outlaw News Now
                                              Outlaw News Now  7 months back

                                              That was cool

                                              • lonelyPorterCH
                                                lonelyPorterCH  7 months back

                                                All this work for a 2 second video^^

                                                • Kalko von Schpritzendorf
                                                  Kalko von Schpritzendorf  7 months back

                                                  This was a brilliant idea. Give this guy some internets.

                                                  • Limara64
                                                    Limara64  7 months back

                                                    Hi, did you know Ants massage one another.
                                                    One stands as the other uses antennas to stroke the other.
                                                    Then strangely the one doing the massaging taps the other twice and they swap places.

                                                    • justinl458
                                                      justinl458  7 months back

                                                      *-Scott lang-**ANT-MAN wants to know ur location*

                                                      • NiteAngyl
                                                        NiteAngyl  8 months back

                                                        Casually goes to a random jungle for vids. Dedication to the max.

                                                        • Mark Jenkins
                                                          Mark Jenkins  8 months back

                                                          *Save the rainforest*
                                                          Missed opportunity!

                                                          • Don't, Jimm
                                                            Don't, Jimm  8 months back

                                                            That’s awesome!

                                                            • najmi naim
                                                              najmi naim  9 months back

                                                              hooray for 'salty liquid'

                                                              • Murthy H.N
                                                                Murthy H.N  9 months back

                                                                Nahhh!! Just call antman

                                                                • Riverking Guppy
                                                                  Riverking Guppy  11 months back

                                                                  I am going to write ants are retarded.

                                                                  • VidralliaArchives
                                                                    VidralliaArchives  11 months back

                                                                    This is also how politicians get people to wave their signs.

                                                                    • Tate Dugan
                                                                      Tate Dugan  12 months back

                                                                      went to this video to learn the intro on the guitar

                                                                      • Samuël Visser
                                                                        Samuël Visser  1 years back

                                                                        Ants.. Have always been amazed by them. So extremely hard working, efficient and strong animals. Yet we kill them by masses, throw water on them just for fun and stand on them because we can. Please respect these animals, they're amazing!

                                                                        • Toe Toegan
                                                                          Toe Toegan  1 years back

                                                                          Found this using the way back machine

                                                                          • CNder77
                                                                            CNder77  1 years back

                                                                            I absolutely liked this, very neat! Thanks for sharing :)

                                                                            • Zom Bee Nature
                                                                              Zom Bee Nature  1 years back

                                                                              I wonder if plain saltwater would have worked as well. Or even just the paper since they might have thought it was a leaf.

                                                                              • petrol devo
                                                                                petrol devo  1 years back

                                                                                I'm surprised the sign didn't say " spare change, will work for food, God bless...."

                                                                                • Mayur Naganur
                                                                                  Mayur Naganur  1 years back

                                                                                  Omg! Thats crazy looking army!!

                                                                                  • Sreevisakh S
                                                                                    Sreevisakh S  1 years back

                                                                                    thats simply amazing...

                                                                                    • MycatTookMyKFC
                                                                                      MycatTookMyKFC  1 years back

                                                                                      Oleic acid

                                                                                      • scuttle06
                                                                                        scuttle06  1 years back

                                                                                        KRUSTY KRAB UNFAIR

                                                                                        • o k
                                                                                          o k  1 years back


                                                                                          • Vegard Johansen
                                                                                            Vegard Johansen  1 years back

                                                                                            His accent just pop out of nowhere sometimes 🤣

                                                                                            • Arshdeep Thind
                                                                                              Arshdeep Thind  1 years back

                                                                                              You could have used salt water instead 😭

                                                                                              • Bill Granddaddy
                                                                                                Bill Granddaddy  2 years back

                                                                                                That was GREAT! Now I am smarter with more useless information stuck in my brain!

                                                                                                • Ajmal Maad
                                                                                                  Ajmal Maad  2 years back

                                                                                                  That's a very cool idea I love that. I wish they could carry my name too.😂