ants in my pants

Yesterday was the 4th of July. A rather straightforward statement to make on the 5th of July. But, as you likely know, the Fourth of July is also the way most people refer to the US holiday officially called ant_bunch_sm.jpgIndependence Day. This holiday is often celebrated with parades, fireworks, barbecues and picnics. In fact, yesterday we managed to pull of a picnic of sorts at a nearby park. And in the great tradition of outdoor eating, we did get visited by some ants.

In honor of picnics, I bring you some ants.ant_sm11.jpg


  1. A Bug’s Life (1998)
    The Pixar animated movie about bugs. A sort of retelling of the Seven Samurai, but with bugs. (Also a bit like ¡Three Amigos!, but with bugs.) ant_sm2.jpgThe main character is an ant, voiced by Dave Foley, who seeks help to save his ant colony from bullying grasshoppers.
  2. Antz (1998)
    1998 was clearly the year for animated ant features. This Dreamworks one was more adult-oriented and had the voice of Woody Allen.
  3. Them (1954)
    A movie featuring giant mutant ants.
  4. The Ants Go Marching, a children’s counting song, to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

    The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
    The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
    The ants go marching one by one,
    The little one stops to suck his thumb
    And they all go marching down to the ground
    To get out of the rain
    boom, boom, boom

  5. ant_sm3.jpg

  6. The ant from “High Hopes,” sung by Frank Sinatra:

    Just what makes that little old ant
    Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
    Anyone knows an ant can’t
    Move a rubber tree plant

    But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
    He’s got high apple pie in the sky hopes

  7. ants_in_line_sm1.jpg

  8. Dance Ants
    A video that someone put together to Fall Out Boy’s “Dance, Dance”. It’s pretty random, but I found it funny. Especially the textual re-interpretation of the original lyrics, like “these are the gloves you’d love to eat”. And yes, the video does have some ants. That dance.
  9. ants in your pants
    An expression. Someone with ants in their pants is so wound up they can’t keep still. A popular reference in songs, like in “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Rodgers and Hart, a song sung by many, including the amazing Ella Fitzgerald:

    Romance, finis. your chance, finis.
    Those ants that invaded my pants, finis.
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered – no more

    Or “I got ants in my pants,” by James Brown (hear it here)

    ‘Cause I can’t dance,
    I can’t dance,
    I got ants in my pants,
    Got ants in my pants,
    Now, I can’t dance, ant_2sm1.jpg
    I can’t dance,
    Got ants in my pants!
    Got ants in my pants!

  10. Want to see some real ants? You can see lots of them in time-lapsed videos through the wonder of YouTube. Like ants eating ant poison, or 7 minutes of ants eating a dropped piece of food, or a variety of ants in action in ant farms.


5 thoughts on “ants in my pants

  1. i sometimes leave here a little befuddled. so i’ve decided to just end this with “pants”.

    and you know, i think “pants” a lot more often than i should now, because of you. pants.

  2. For anybody who thinks that Alejna is just an overall nice person, I’d like to provide a quote illustrating her darker nature:

    “I like it when their heads come off, because that way you know they’re dead.”

    She said that during one of our battles with the ants for the domination of our house.

  3. gorgeous job on the images of ants. i had to look at your source to figure out how you incorporated them all over the post. :-)

  4. jen-

    I must clarify that these were carpenter ants, and that we had just moved into our newly purchased home. I was willing to be all bohemian and share the digs with them till I discovered that they had plans to eatthe digs. I also feel compelled to clarify that carpenter ants are very sturdy, and will frequently survive a stomping with shod foot.

    I got a strange pleasure from making and placing the ants. Much more pleasure than I get from real ants.

    I have seen a few penguins around. Much cuter than ants. (At least the real ones.)

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