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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 TH6 LETHBRIDCE HERALD Werineiday, Jons 27, 1973 Ask Andy W IW TOTiWW Dangerous ant Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Daniel Adler, age 11, of Indianapo- lis, Indiana, for his question: Are army ants dangerous Army ants are deadly dan- gerous to any living creature in their paths. They travel like hordes of carnivorous bandits, devouring every animal that cannot escape them. A plague of locusts leaves region stripped of every speck of greenery. A column of army ants on the march leaves a region bereft of living animals. People who know them would rather face a hungry leoprd. There are almost spe- cies of ant and all of them are social insects, living in large family colonies centered around an egg-laying queen. Most spe- cies are stay-at-homes, living for several years well estab- lished nests. Hence, we know where to find them. This is not true of the army ants of South America and the driver ants of Africa. These large, long-legged brown or black species do not live in estblished homes. In both species, the colony lives like a plundering horde of bandits, forever on the move. When on the march, perhaps J 50.000 ants advance in a crowded column, swarming over the forest floor like a dark running .iver. The army in- cludes soldiers and workers foraging for food. Other work- Fun figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Charlie was checking. "You sold ?4 spark plugs he said. "That's great, but how come so "Just regular sendee. linder. 6-cylinder. and 4-cjlin- der replied Brian. "A full for every car, and there twice as many fours as sixes." How many 8-cjlinder cars? Thanks for an idea to B. Hrudka, Paincourt, Ontani. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer; JOE 592. eis carry eggs and tend the joung go. Another group attends the queen. The hungry horde devoius swarms over every animal, over bush- es, devouring birds and their young, over dozing snakes and any large animal that happens to be wounded or asleep The driver ants of Africa are said to be even more aggres- sive than the South American army ants. Sometimes they march on villages and peo- ple flee before them, taking what animals they can. When the plundering horde has pass- ed, the vilagers to find the bones of some for- gotten farm animal who had been left helplessly tethered. A bed ridden sick or wounded person would meet the same ghastly fate. Every few weeks, army ants and driver ants must pause a while to renew their numbers. A colony of army ants may cluster around a hollow tree. In a week, the queen lays per- haps eggs. After anoth- er two weeks the eggs have become cocoons and hatched into young workers. While the marching army halts to gain new recruits, thousands of workers forage round the neighborhooad for food. Every morning they march forth in crowded col- umn of destruction. At evening they return to the place where other teams of workers tend the queen, her eggs and the emerg- ing young. Atier a couple of weeks or so. when the march is resumed, the entire colony travels by night. Thank goodness these dan- gerously destructive ants do not live in North America. But before we breathe a sign of re- lief, let's remember the fierce fire ants that now infest much of our Southland. Until 1918, their territory was south of the border. Somehow these ants with their fiery stingers spread northward and continue to spread. An accident or more likely some human careless- ness just might give the dread- ful army ants a chance to march into our tern ton.' The moral of this is to beware of introducing foreign wild crea- tures into our native land. Questions asfced by children of Herald readers should bf mailed to A s k Andy, P.O. Box 765. Hnntir.gton Beach, California 92648. (Cop> right Chronicle Publishing Co. 197 J LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. vaccne for boils? ME, 00T PO fOU 7 PEFlNITe W THINK I NATURE NATURE T' T THANK W... ARE SMART f 7 Dear Dr. Lamb I was in-; teresied in your column about boils, and it reminded me of my case. I'm 75 now. About 55 years ago I used to get large boils on my hands and arms. The doctor was a member of the club I still belong to and made a serum from the pus in my boils. He gave me tliree or four injections of the serum. I don't recollect how many days apart, but the boils disappear- ed forever. I wonder why the same remedy can't be applied today. Dear Reader Your letter touches on an interesting facet of medical The direc- tion of medicine, like most oth- er areas of science, follows the course of events. Fifty five years ago we didn't have anti- biotics, and before the days of antibiotics great efforts were made tow ard d e v e I o ping "sotcfc vaccines." These were made pretty much as you de- scribe them. It was a natural outgrowth of developing a smallpox vaccine from cow pox. and the whole idea was to cause the body to develop an immunity to different in- fectious agents. With the devel- opment of antibiotics and their remarkable effectiveness, work in this area was minimized, compared to what might have resulted. The usual approach is to use antibiotics instead of worrying about the possibility of using a "stock vaccine.'' Possibly with out antibiotics there would have been many more vaccines developed, 7-hich in turn might have pro- duced better results in prevent- ing diseases. Immediately Lie dream of many investigators of venereal disease comes to mind the thought of haxing a vaccine that would immunize a person against having the va- rious venereal diseases. If a person could be successfully vaccinated against the possibil- ity of developing gonorrhea or syphilis, and perhaps other ve- nereal diseases, it would cer- tainly be a great boon to man- kind. This is not a new or orig- inal idea, and there has been considerable work done on it, and no doubt someday this will be accomplished. Dear Dr. Lamb I am 51 years old, and because of stom- ach, heart, and liver trouble, along with the tendency toward diabetes, I quit all alcoholic beverages completely. I a 1 s o quit smoking eight years ago. My doctor told me coffee was also bad, so I cut down to two cups a day. When I told him I was drinking tea he s a i d tea was almost as bad as coffee. I am not yet in a wheelchair by any means, but I would like to live as long as possible. With out generalizations, Dr. Lamb, could you tell me, on a scale of ten, the relative dan- ger there is to a person with my medical problems of drink-1 ing tea versus coffee. Dear Reader It depends on how it's made. Your doctor's comment is based on the fact that both tea and coffee- con- tarn caffeine and related drugs. As ordinarily brewed, a cup of coffee contains about twice as much caffeine as does a cup of tea. This has to be a generali- zation because some people drink strong coffee. But, that's your hallpar'r figure to guide you. You might consider try- ing decaffeinated coffee. In the interest of keeping your weight under control and limiting your fat and sweet intake, if you were going to use very much of it, it might be a good idea to use it without sugar or cream or cream substitutes. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper. P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanced Diet" booklet. TUMBLEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan ITS VERY EPIC PICKEP UP THE CHEWING-TOBACCO HAPIT WHILE HE IN THE ARMYi I'M MERELY TRYING TO 0REAK HIM OF HIS CRAVING FOR 6-27 BlONDIE-By Chic Young Your horoscope By JEANE D1XON GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. 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