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ShrimPman
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eyeleapy
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if you drop an ant off a ten story building will it die? No way Jose

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Started: 2/13/2008 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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ShrimPman

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If drop an ant off a building it will not die because it will not fall fast enogh for it to be fatal.
eyeleapy

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Ha, i accept your challenge. I say it'll die maybe not instantly, but slow and painfully. It'll drag it's broken legs screeming for help and because none of its compadres will hear it, it'll die of agony and lose its will to live screeming, "Porque Dios, Porque!!!" Poor littl;e bugga, wait, what are we debating on? oh yeah. It will die maybe soon after. Even though it has an exoskeletal system, it won't matter at ten stories. Ten stories is high for us, so ten stories to an ant is like 10000 stories for us.

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Debate Round No. 1
ShrimPman

Pro

Actually you know what I actually agree with you I think what may happen because of the exoskeleton is that his outside would be ok but his insides would not hold up to the impact so maybe the ant would die..
eyeleapy

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Ok, i see your argue meant, it probably would live mainly because of it's light body. As it were falling, it would be carried off by the wind and would be placed lightly on the ground with out a scratch and go about it's buisiness. Or its compadres would have its back till the death and carry it out to thier medical facilities where it'll be under critical condition and come out paralized from the abdomin down, but it'll live.
Debate Round No. 2
ShrimPman

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I guess you win this one....I thought for sure it wouldn't die...well maybe it wont i guess well never know. huh?
eyeleapy

Con

No, you won this match before it began. Accepting this challenge is clearly suicide in debate. and since i need this to be at least 100 characters or more i'm going to type this.

"Hello Cleveland!"
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Kasrahalteth 9 years ago
Kasrahalteth
No one. But the chances of that actually happening are incredibly low.

Even if you drop it directly over the anthill, you still have to account for wind.
Posted by Rob1Billion 9 years ago
Rob1Billion
who is to say the building isn't located directly over the ant colony, and the fall lands it right back on its own anthill?
Posted by Kasrahalteth 9 years ago
Kasrahalteth
Well, the world is a big place, even moreso for something as miniscule as an ant. So, if your building is very high, and the ant gets caught by the wind or some other such thing, the likelihood of it landing close enough to find a pheremone trail belonging to its colony is still very low.

Ouch. I just realized how sad it is that I'm having a conversation about what would happen to an ant if you dropped it off a building.
Posted by ShrimPman 9 years ago
ShrimPman
ok but then it could just pick up the pheromone trail again and all would be good. right?
Posted by Kasrahalteth 9 years ago
Kasrahalteth
Well, the fall is what got it so far away from its colony. So it would starve as a result of the fall. :D
Posted by ShrimPman 9 years ago
ShrimPman
If that happened it would not have died from the fall but because of starvation...
Posted by Kasrahalteth 9 years ago
Kasrahalteth
Actually, your ant is probably going to die no matter where it lands. Although Rob is right about its terminal velocity, you have to remember that ants can't live without their colonies essentially telling them what to do. Therefore, unless it lands somewhere near its colony, or with its colony's pheromone trails close enough for it to follow them home, it will wander around and probably eventually starve to death.

Glad to help. :D
Posted by Rob1Billion 9 years ago
Rob1Billion
I will have to meditate deeply on that and get back to you...
Posted by eyeleapy 9 years ago
eyeleapy
Ok good point, this is why i say that my opponent wins. But if the ant was swept by a breeze and carried safely to an enemy ant colony, then he would have died do to the drop. the drop didn't actually kill him, but because he fell with some unfortunate luck on his side, he died.
Posted by Rob1Billion 9 years ago
Rob1Billion
ok I don't know exactly how serious you two are about this debate, but there is a technical answer to it. An ant reaches terminal velocity very quickly; in other words, it won't speed up in air very much before the air drag stops it from accelerating. A human reaches terminal velocity at 120 mph, enough to flatten you like a pancake. An ant's terminal velocity is very low; it doesn't matter if you drop it from an airplane at 30,000 feet, it is never going to accelerate to the ground fast enough to cause it any harm whatsoever. It will just blow around in the breeze until it hits the ground safely.
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