Ant Oracle

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We unfortunately all know by now that Istanbul is expecting a devastating earthquake which is apparently going to be its downfall. Ever since news of this prediction is out, scientifics and nerds all have been trying to figure out the exact when and where of this 7.0 earthquake that is going to bring Istanbul down to its knees. One of these people, Kadir Sutcu, who isn’t an expert on the matter, claims that he can predict when the EQ will hit by studying the habits and irregularities of the two ant colonies that he is keeping at home. He successfully predicted an earthquake a week ago and sent thousands of mails out to people to warn them before it hit. He claims that ants start acting distressed and that a lot of them start dieing 24 hours before the earthquakes hit. You can follow his work through his website; dkos and subscribe to his mailing list if you believe his theory that ants might be able to predict and save lives. At this point, I’m thinking that it can’t hurt.

5 Comments so far

  1. carpetblogger on July 13th, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    Ants? Everyone knows the Americans know when the earthquake will hit but refuse to tell the Turks.


  2. Idil Jans (ist_idil) on July 13th, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

    It’s the first time I hear this theory, care to elaborate?


  3. carpetblogger on July 14th, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

    It’s a surprisingly common one, moved by people who in most other ways appear completely sane.


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