One of our best friends, Brian, came down from LA on Friday. Brian is the most competitive person I know, and we love to play games together even though it doesn’t always end pretty. Last time we played Monopoly, it got a little heated, and I remember Brian saying in all seriousness, “Why on Earth would you buy that Railroad? There is no long-term growth potential there!” None the less, we decided to stay in on Friday, make a fire, drink some boozy cider, and play a bunch of board games.
Brian cleaned up in Trivial Pursuit. He’s a really smart guy, so that was no surprise. For the question “What insect appears for just two weeks every 17 years? ” He said, “I know it’s cicadas because we have them at Princeton once every 17 years, and when they come out, it is SO gross!” Then I said, “We have cicadas in Texas every year, but people call them locusts for some reason,” and then Brian said that we were wrong, and by we, I mean all the Texans that see cicadas every year and call them locusts. He said that what we see are actually locusts, which look like grass hoppers, because cicadas don’t come out every year. I told him that he was ridiculous. As a kid, I collected the exoskeletons that the cicadas shed. I know what they look like and they are not grasshoppers. But he really is a super smart guy, so I let him convince me that if they only come out every 17 years at “Princeton,” then I guess he must be right.
But this morning, I was vindicated by a Google search. “In parts of Australia, and the USA, cicadas are often known as locusts, however, a cicada is an entirely different type of insect than the locust or the grasshopper. The cicada is related to the aphid and comes in two varieties; the annual and the periodical cicada. The annual cicada has a lifecycle which repeats annually, i.e. they breed and hatch once per year. The periodical cicada may have either a 17 or 13 year lifecycle and spend the time between breeding buried in the ground until billions of individuals hatch in unison. This gives rise to the name thirteen year locust and seventeen year locust.”
So take that Princeton smarty pants who whine about bugs showing up every 20 years. We Texans take’em on once a year!
The final game night score was 2-2-0. Brian won T.P. and Boggle. I won Uno and Risk. Poor Mike was just collateral damage.