This ant moisturizes. This ant is round and huggable.
July 18, 2018 12:01 AM   Subscribe

 
Twitter: Were you even trying?
posted by arcticseal at 12:22 AM on July 18 [8 favorites]


This was hilarious! Thank you for posting it.

I want this ant to have a better life. I am rooting for her. 3/10
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:23 AM on July 18 [7 favorites]


Google has a designer in charge of emoji related questions and her name is Jennifer Daniel.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:48 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Twitter: Were you even trying?

Plus, there’s a good 35% chance that a Twitter ant is a Nazi sympathizer.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:33 AM on July 18 [22 favorites]


Oh my god I love this post. (and yes, I have a segmented bottom). Quite a few of us do actually.
posted by evil_esto at 5:00 AM on July 18 [3 favorites]


I want this ant to have a better life.

How I feel about most ants. As long as they don't bite me. And even then, the ants were here first, so I can't be truly mad, we're living in their world after all.
posted by Fizz at 5:05 AM on July 18 [2 favorites]


I'm surprised HTC ant scored as well as she did considering that she seems to have two thoraxes.

My favorite is Facebook ant.
posted by biogeo at 5:37 AM on July 18 [2 favorites]


I liked the response to someone who asked about education and background:

“Haha, I am not bringing my tumblr account anywhere near my professional identity. It’s a small community, and this is just for fun.”
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:08 AM on July 18 [7 favorites]


This made my morning. Thank you.
posted by Young Kullervo at 6:39 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


I liked the response to someone who asked about education and background:

A great response, but also, ugh. Like why is she being asked to "prove" that she has enough authority to comment on ant emojis. I really hate people.
posted by Fizz at 6:44 AM on July 18 [6 favorites]


Like why is she being asked to "prove" that she has enough authority to comment on ant emojis. I really hate people.

Dang, that's a pretty bad faith reading of an innocuous question. In its original context:
Anonymous asked: Greetings from New York. I'm a reporter for Quartz and saw your brilliant critique of ant emojis. We'd love to write a feature about it. Just 3 questions: 1. What's your background and where did you study zoology? 2. I saw other zoologists hating on Apple ants. Is there a consensus? 3. Are there other emojis that bug you? Best, Anne Quito, design and architecture reporter, Quartz
And from the reply, it's pretty clear the author also took it as a light-hearted question; they didn't want to tie their identity to their Tumblr account, but were happy to answer the rest of the questions.
posted by biogeo at 7:02 AM on July 18 [12 favorites]


Best of the web!
posted by blurker at 7:34 AM on July 18 [2 favorites]


This is delightful.
posted by asperity at 7:49 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Oh gosh, I needed that laugh. This is wonderful.
posted by kalimac at 8:02 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Yay!
posted by Don Pepino at 8:24 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: wrong in every way, and yet I can't stay mad
posted by hanov3r at 8:41 AM on July 18 [14 favorites]


If you like this, you may also like the podcast Emojidrome, where the hosts Andi and Ryan pick an emoji every week and compare all the different versions on Emojipedia.

(Emojidrome is definitely NSFW though; half the fun is the hosts trying to upset each other.)
posted by JDHarper at 9:03 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Next time there's a Metatalk about what Metafilter should be, all someone needs to do is provide a link to this post. It says it all really.

"This ant inspires me. I want to be like her." Beautiful.
posted by Ashwagandha at 9:10 AM on July 18 [8 favorites]


I'm surprised HTC ant scored as well as she did considering that she seems to have two thoraxes.

That is a big healthy petiole, not an extra thorax.

I love the correct details in the Apple one (except for the too round antenna club, they are usually more elegant in shape), but the whole cute cartoony style is not working for me. If I had to pick one it would be Facebook's, but the Slack one is also pretty good.

I've been practicing drawing ants from memory. Like that artist who asked people to draw bicycles from memory. I have a few colonies at home to observe and still it is harder than it sounds.

I challenge you to try, it is fun. See if you can remember where the legs connect to the body and what direction they point.
posted by Dr. Curare at 9:31 AM on July 18 [10 favorites]


I love this.
posted by Horkus at 10:28 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


I participate in a Facebook group about maps where information-geeks with weird senses of humor share mostly map-related posts with each other. I posted this over there, a bit nervous because there’s nothing remotely map-related, but I thought it fit the vibe of the group in its combination of information-obsessiveness and adorkability. Fortunately, it was well-received, including by the group’s founder.
posted by matildaben at 12:57 PM on July 18


I knew this would be perfect upon reading the title, but it was even better. Thank you.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 1:55 PM on July 18


That is a big healthy petiole, not an extra thorax.

!!!
This is awesome and I wish to learn more.
posted by biogeo at 2:36 PM on July 18


Dr. Curare, I would just like to say that this is the second comment of yours I have favorited about ants, and I would very much enjoy any FPP you could come up with about ants and/or anting.
posted by nicodine at 3:02 PM on July 18 [5 favorites]


An ANT-omologist, surely?
posted by windykites at 6:14 PM on July 18


This totally makes me think of... Scelidosaurus: Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong #1 the "Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong" guy.

Great post!
posted by zengargoyle at 10:10 PM on July 18 [1 favorite]


I identified all Turtle Emoji species. 🐢

...as of a few years ago, anyway - the most recent ones look different. Android 4.x turtle: The Happy Tortoise. Android 8.x turtle: The Smugtoise. Upcoming Android turtle (not yet in Emojipedia): Bert the Turtle, who is Very Alert.
posted by wwwwolf at 4:48 AM on July 20


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