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Gretad08
06-07-2011, 09:40 PM
I especially love the Buick sized noise-makers when they fly in my car, dive bomb my kids, keep them awake at nap time, and get stuck in my hair.

We here in Missouri had a rare, noticeable earthquake this morning. The first thing I thought was "I hope it shook all those things out of their trees and they died when they hit the ground."

I'm a terrible person. Don't judge me!

mscelina
06-07-2011, 09:48 PM
you keep those cicadas there. I don't want to have to scoop them out of my pool.

And the earthquakes too. The hail that is currently pelting my car is quite enough for me, thank you very much.

Gretad08
06-07-2011, 09:54 PM
The earthquake was kind of cool. It was so small (4.2) that it was noticeable but didn't do any damage at all. It woke me up from a dead sleep though.

The cicadas...not so much. They are vile, detestable little creatures that, for the first time since I moved to my house 8 years ago, have made me regret having so many trees.

I saw some hail storms on The Weather Channel this morning...California maybe? I don't remember. It was pretty intense.

Ari Meermans
06-07-2011, 10:06 PM
That's the thing about tinnitus vs cicadas, I never know if it is just the buzzin' in my head until and unless one of the suckers dive-bombs me.

Glad to know the earthquake didn't cause damage and you are okay. I used to live in the New Madrid Fault Zone and found that a tad worrisome at first.

Gretad08
06-07-2011, 10:17 PM
That's the thing about tinnitus vs cicadas, I never know if it is just the buzzin' in my head until and unless one of the suckers dive-bombs me.

Glad to know the earthquake didn't cause damage and you are okay. I used to live in the New Madrid Fault Zone and found that a tad worrisome at first.

Thanks, yeah, not even any reported damage. Funny you would mention the New Madrid Fault Zone. My sister just said "It's starting, the NM Fault is gonna open up and swallow us whole!" People have been talking about that thing for years...I remember learning about it in elementary school and thinking we were going to have an earth-destroying earthquake any second. Tornadoes, now those are a problem for us...and cicadas.

alleycat
06-07-2011, 10:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvJrEPEx27A

(Safe to click, at home or at the office.)

Chris P
06-07-2011, 10:25 PM
Our 13-year cicada event has just now died down. When you're up close, you can hear the clicks, but from far away it sounded like listening to an AC unit in a seashell.

I've never experienced an earthquake. I wouldn't mind feeling a little one, one where nobody was hurt and no damage was done, of course.

Gretad08
06-07-2011, 10:30 PM
Our 13-year cicada event has just now died down. When you're up close, you can hear the clicks, but from far away it sounded like listening to an AC unit in a seashell.

I've never experienced an earthquake. I wouldn't mind feeling a little one, one where nobody was hurt and no damage was done, of course.

How long was your cicada event? Ours started about a week or so ago. Please someone tell me it won't be all summer!

When I was a kid it was one of the years where two species hatched at once which only happens once every 300 or so years. Nightmare!

alleycat
06-07-2011, 10:31 PM
That's the thing about tinnitus vs cicadas, I never know if it is just the buzzin' in my head until and unless one of the suckers dive-bombs me.
I know the feeling. One got in my car about a week ago. At the time I couldn't stop to kill the little bastard. I had to drive several miles with it buzzing in the back somewhere.

When I got home I couldn't tell whether the buzzing in my ear was my tinnitus, the "carryover" of having the cicada in my car, or the cicadas outside. Or a combination.

alleycat
06-07-2011, 10:33 PM
How long was your cicada event? Ours started about a week or so ago. Please someone tell me it won't be all summer!

When I was a kid it was one of the years where two species hatched at once which only happens once every 300 or so years. Nightmare!
Ours started about three weeks ago, but they weren't too bad until the second week. They were awful for about two weeks (they were everywhere) and now they're starting to go away. By the end of this week they should just about all be gone.

I just poked my head outside to check. I don't even hear a cicada now.

Gretad08
06-07-2011, 10:35 PM
Ours started about three weeks ago, but they weren't too bad until the second week. They were awful for about two weeks (they were everywhere) and now they're starting to go away. By the end of this week they should just about all be gone.

Thank God! I thought it was gonna be all summer. I feel a bit better about it now.

Chris P
06-07-2011, 10:36 PM
How long was your cicada event? Ours started about a week or so ago. Please someone tell me it won't be all summer!

When I was a kid it was one of the years where two species hatched at once which only happens once every 300 or so years. Nightmare!

Ours was about four weeks, maybe five. Of course this was the periodical cicadas. Our dog day cicadas will start in July.

veinglory
06-07-2011, 10:37 PM
Being surrounded by hordes of 13-year cicadas at full volume is like being in a not very scary horror movie. It's like a crazy monster music at full volume just before the badly made FX SyFy monster jumps out from between the trees.

StoryG27
06-07-2011, 10:41 PM
Being surrounded by horded of 13-year cicadas at full volume is like being in a not very scary horror movie. It's like a crazy monster music at full volume just before the badly made FX SyFy monster jumps out from between the trees.
This describes it perfectly.

I had one try to fly in my mouth at a soccer game. Eeeewww.

veinglory
06-07-2011, 10:43 PM
I had one fly in a car window and hit me at about 60mph. Splat, ew.

cray
06-07-2011, 10:49 PM
I had one try to fly in my mouth at a soccer game. Eeeewww.


:roll:

firedrake
06-07-2011, 10:50 PM
This describes it perfectly.

I had one try to fly in my mouth at a soccer game. Eeeewww.

Oh.God.

I would've died on the spot. I don't mind the fevered noise they make but they are way too big and gross.

*searches for puking smiley*

veinglory
06-07-2011, 10:52 PM
*searches for puking smiley*

http://bestsmileys.com/puking/5.gif

Chris P
06-07-2011, 10:54 PM
Cicadas are edible. I've not tried them but I would. Just remember to pluck the wings and legs off first. The little claws on the legs get caught inside you if you don't.

firedrake
06-07-2011, 10:56 PM
http://bestsmileys.com/puking/5.gif

um cheers! lol!

StoryG27
06-07-2011, 11:07 PM
Cicadas are edible. I've not tried them but I would. Just remember to pluck the wings and legs off first. The little claws on the legs get caught inside you if you don't.


http://bestsmileys.com/puking/5.gif
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Jess Haines
06-07-2011, 11:53 PM
I actually like the little shits. They make excellent, free cat toys.

:evil

amrose
06-08-2011, 12:20 AM
The little claws on the legs get caught inside you if you don't.

Blarg.

Haggis
06-08-2011, 12:25 AM
Ours started about three weeks ago, but they weren't too bad until the second week. They were awful for about two weeks (they were everywhere) and now they're starting to go away. By the end of this week they should just about all be gone.

I just poked my head outside to check. I don't even hear a cicada now.
Your avatar made me think they might just make good fishing bait.

Sullivan Lee
06-08-2011, 12:40 AM
I love cicadas -- insects in general. I was in the middle of the Kentucky brood a couple of years ago (13 year cicadas? 17 year?) and it sounded like there was a freaky UFO hovering over my head for weeks. It was a wonderful sound, and strangely, not at all oppressive or annoying. The uncannily loud cricket who has been hiding in my room for the past few nights, though -- that's another story. I didn't try eating the cicadas, but I'm going to eat this cricket if I catch him.

Gretad08
06-08-2011, 12:57 AM
Your avatar made me think they might just make good fishing bait.

I've heard fishing is great during a cicada year. That's what the outdoorsmen in my family say anyway.

BeatrixKiddo
06-08-2011, 01:38 AM
They have the freakiest eyes. We had our "rising from the dead" a couple years ago.

Kind of spooky and cool at the same time. (And really weird)

StoryG27
06-08-2011, 01:43 AM
Kind of spooky and cool at the same time. (And really weird)
Like Haggis.

Haggis
06-08-2011, 05:19 AM
Like Haggis.
Oh, stop it, you flatterer.

I've been preening ever so much lately. :D

Tepelus
06-08-2011, 05:53 AM
I think it was '04 when me, my ex and his father (who was visiting us for a few months from Romania) went to Maryland to visit his sister when they were having their episode with the cicadas, and the sound was so annoying, but my ex's dad was amused by it. I guess they don't have something like that in Romania, and he tried to take one of the cicadas home with him.

Gretad08
06-08-2011, 06:21 AM
Okay, this may be a TMI story, but I have to share...it's just too good not to.

My kids and I were gonna go hang out in the baby pool in the backyard today. (Record breaking temps this week...96 today). I dressed the kids, and stepped onto the deck for about 3 seconds to grab my daughter's shoes. Then I went to get myself dressed.

I was changing into my swimsuit (here's where it's TMI), and was in the buff from the waist down, but still had my top on. That's when I noticed a pterodactyl-sized cicada sitting on top of my head.

I grabbed a towel, wrapped it around my waist, and ran out on the deck to shake the bug from my hair, panicking the entire time. Once I got out there it flew into the house and then flew back and hit me in the face.

That's when it happened.

I dropped the towel. Outside, in front of God and everybody. (Or at least anyone who was looking out the window, or in the park behind my house)

I genuinely hate these bugs.

BenPanced
06-08-2011, 06:27 AM
Cicadas are edible. I've not tried them but I would. Just remember to pluck the wings and legs off first. The little claws on the legs get caught inside you if you don't.
Making the best out of invasion, Missouri shop makes cicada ice cream. (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/07/137042196/making-the-best-out-of-invasion-missouri-shop-makes-cicada-ice-cream)

You may commence screaming in terror.

backslashbaby
06-08-2011, 12:36 PM
I love cicadas -- insects in general. I was in the middle of the Kentucky brood a couple of years ago (13 year cicadas? 17 year?) and it sounded like there was a freaky UFO hovering over my head for weeks. It was a wonderful sound, and strangely, not at all oppressive or annoying. The uncannily loud cricket who has been hiding in my room for the past few nights, though -- that's another story. I didn't try eating the cicadas, but I'm going to eat this cricket if I catch him.

I get a UFO vibe from them, too. I love the horror movie music image, but I'd change it to a not very scary alien movie.


The last year we had a horrible year with them, the cicada killer wasps were out in full, too. So you kept hearing: Huuuuuuum. Huuuuuum. Huuuuu-ughh!