Hey, my Raisinets are moving!
You were looking at the dishes on your table, and they WERE ants. This is the season when they eat huge ants in various ways in Colombia.
Gulp. I guess that’s why the menu only offered two choices – the Red Special and the Black Special?
That’s right. It also explains why you didn’t take food with you on your picnic, just some “Ant Jemima” syrup. And have you gone to a movie while you were there?
Uh, yeah. Why?
When you opened your Raisinets, did they come out of the box a lot easier than usual?
Yes. I think I’m going to be sick now.
Then my work here is finished.
Above: A man eats roasted “Culonas” ants in Socorro May 20, 2009. Every year during the April-June season, Colombian farmers and inhabitants of Santander province collect ants as part of a traditional ritual in the region. The ants are cooked and sold as exotic, specialized food.
Above: A typical dish in ant sauce is seen in the restaurant Color de Hormiga in Barichara, May 19, 2009.
Left: Farmer tosses a big pot of ants while cooking them in Socorro, May 20, 2009.
REUTERS photos by Jose Miguel Gomez