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Terminated Termites

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#18798
Fun:*** (2.49)
Difficulty:*** (2.64)
Category:Science
Submitted By:rashadAma****
Corrected By:t4mt

 

 

 



Rashad bought some termites and put them in a suitably ventilated jar. He gave them some leaves to eat that contain important elements termites need to live on. After some days he noticed that many were dying. Rashad was very sad. Can you help him by telling him what was wrong with his termites?





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Comments

rashadAma*
Sep 09, 2004

YES, i got this science teaser accepted! IF anything is wrong tell me as in science categories i might not be good.
curtiss82**
Sep 10, 2004

This is true but not all termites do that. Some have microorganisms that live in their intestine that produce enzymes that break down the cellulose.
rashadAma*
Sep 10, 2004

Thanks Curtiss for the new info, but my source says that all termites do that
SkoolkidAus
Sep 10, 2004

Hmm... who would keep pet termites?

Anyways, I thought the answer was because Rashad did not give his termites water... poor termites... what am I saying??
curtiss82**
Sep 10, 2004

Rashad, do a quick internet search, it will only take you about a minute to figure out that I am right. I've probably looked at 15 different websites that describe how termites digest wood and all them said that termites have protazoa that live in their intestines that digest the wood for them. Only one website mentioned that some termites cultivate fungus.
thecinnemonbear
Sep 12, 2004

The editors must have thought Rashad had checked all the facts about termites before he submitted this science teaser and that's why it was accepted.
Chelsie*
Sep 14, 2004

And I thought the answer was termites eat WOOD!
rashadAma*
Sep 18, 2004

Bear th
rashadAma*
Sep 18, 2004

Sorry for the last post. Bear that's totally true. I can't just post my own science. It has to be prouved;. Here it is proved in one species. Lester Thanx for the corrections you made; this makes the teaser much better
I_am_the_Omega**
Oct 05, 2004

Why would this ever be accepted? Who would know this obscure bit of information? I couldn't tell rashad what was wrong with his termites, but i could help him out: he needs a new hobby. It'll cheer him up.
AralditeAus*
Nov 27, 2004

It is so obscure, I couldn't find any references to fungus anywhere.
AralditeAus*
Nov 27, 2004

It is so obscure, I couldn't find any references to fungus anywhere.
joegro01**
Dec 09, 2004

I knew what he was talking about. Didnt you guys ever take Biology.
AtropusAnz**
Jan 16, 2005

This teaser was used on The Breeze FM in Christchurch; New Zealand. Feel proud that you are reaching around the world.
Palsha**
Mar 28, 2005

Good teaser, I liked this one.
stevier316*
Apr 15, 2005

Not quite sure about the answer.
stevier316*
Apr 15, 2005

Not quite sure about the answer.
Nicholle*
Apr 22, 2005

joegro01: I am in biology right now and i still didnt get it
shandela**
May 02, 2005

I thought I had heard about them having organisms in their stomachs. Glad to see I'm not wrong about that. Interesting to note that huans do the same thing to digest lettuce.
rashadAma*
May 09, 2005

Shandela , happy to help you
ankita_lalmunde*
Jun 21, 2005

THE REASON WHY TERMITES DIED IS QUITE CONFUSING. BETTER YOU RULE OUT YOUR COFUSION FIRST AND THEN SUBMIT NEXT TEASER.
puppygirl1213Aus*
Jun 29, 2005

I think that this is preaty good but i can not say if it is right or not sorry.
kibber*
Sep 19, 2005

curtiss, here's an internet search for you, look up annoying habits, you possess all of them.
urnot the smartest and you don;t know everything, and stop trying to make urself look good and other bad
rkaalandAus*
Dec 10, 2005

No Water?
cowman12*
Jul 04, 2007

Fun and interesting teaser.
klsowell*
May 02, 2012

Aww, poor little guys.



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