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43 minutes ago, SomeguyfromTakomaPark said:

 

So what's the deal with this?  I have never experienced one of these.  Are there going to be swarms of these things everywhere?  Is my dog going to be jumping up and eating them out of mid air?  Am I going to need to use my windshield wipers while driving?  Will I need a tennis racket to get to my car lol?

 

i was living in DC (Cathedral Heights) when the last swarm emerged. as they came out of the ground i could see them on my window screens. I lived near a big wooded park and the noise in my neighborhood (full of trees) was deafening. I had a tree right outside my apartment and it was absolutely covered with cicadas.

I was apprehensive about it, but they are harmless and bumbling. you'll see the newly emerged ones upside down on the street. I used to turn them right side up as I headed to my bus stop.

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41 minutes ago, SomeguyfromTakomaPark said:

Man, that sounds fun as hell.  I'm not sure my kids (2 and 4) will like it much.  

I should clarify that I was in Fredericksburg at the time with much more tree coverage than here in Arlington but my wife said they were pretty rambunctious when she was here during the 2004 brood.   I know my 6 yr old is plenty excited for them to come (he’s kind of a bug nut).

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18 minutes ago, mappy said:

lol they wont be that bad. they will stay in trees and other vegetated areas. but they are very loud. 

I do recall in 2004 when I was dating a guy who lived in Loudon County, driving down Route 7 near NOVA college and a swarm of them were on the move and flew in the car. Freaked me out. 

please describe said freak out.  full on scream?  swerve and slam on the brakes to run out of the vehicle?  

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5 minutes ago, H2O said:

please describe said freak out.  full on scream?  swerve and slam on the brakes to run out of the vehicle?  

LOL i was the passenger. I believe it was just a girly shriek, as I tried to frantically shoo them out of the open car window. My boyfriend at the time just laughed. i mean, I was laughing too

Reminds me of the same shriek I made when Mr Map and I went on one of those drive through safaris and a giraffe stuck its tongue in the car to try and get carrots off my lap. 

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1 hour ago, SomeguyfromTakomaPark said:

 

So what's the deal with this?  I have never experienced one of these.  Are there going to be swarms of these things everywhere?  Is my dog going to be jumping up and eating them out of mid air?  Am I going to need to use my windshield wipers while driving?  Will I need a tennis racket to get to my car lol?

There are some good videos on YouTube that'll give you an idea of what to expect. But in general, if you have a lot emerge in your neighborhood, there's a loud and constant background noise and big bugs everywhere. 

 

 

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Those are two great videos that @Hank Scorpio shared, @SomeguyfromTakomaPark -- during this brood's last emergence, I worked at Fort Belvoir where there's wide swaths of mature trees and the thing I remember most about the experience is that underlying, alien trilling sound. At the height of emergence, yes, it was loud -- but I found the noise of the 17-year cicadas was far less grating and almost soothing...as opposed to annual cicadas which can instantly ruin any relaxing downtime in your backyard with their ear-splitting racket in the July-September timeframe.

Oh, and if you or your kids are squeamish about molten cicada skins all over the ground, sticking off of trees and buildings, etc., well...you might not like that part of the drill. I kept finding discarded cicada "husks" months after the last emergence. Finally if you have a dog, we found that ours liked to binge on the 17-year cicadas...to the point where he'd eat TOO many, and then we'd occasionally find gelatinous piles of half-digested cicadas in the backyard. Forewarned is forearmed.  :)

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Different parts of the country experience different years too. I remember being in W Kentucky in 91 and going 70 on the interstate with the ac going and windows up and radio on you could still hear them easily

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they have 3 different songs. a “pharaoh” song:

a frying pan/lawn sprinkler song:

and a high-pitched alien song:

 

i heard all 3 in my DC neighborhood. i had never lived anywhere there was a brood and i’m so psyched i’ll have the chance to see them again.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, wxtrix said:

i heard all 3 in my DC neighborhood. i had never lived anywhere there was a brood and i’m so psyched i’ll have the chance to see them again.

To your earlier point, and as evidenced in the videos you just shared -- whether crawling or flying, these cicadas are some of the clumsiest insects I've ever encountered.

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5 minutes ago, vastateofmind said:

To your earlier point, and as evidenced in the videos you just shared -- whether crawling or flying, these cicadas are some of the clumsiest insects I've ever encountered.

yep. i was really apprehensive at first but when one bumped into me because it was a klutz, it made me laugh and i wasn’t afraid of them at all.

 

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lol

https://sports.yahoo.com/the-washington-football-team-wont-pick-a-new-name-until-2022-164216540.html

The Washington Football Team will go by the name once again in 2021. The team launched a website Tuesday that will chronicle the team's name change. On the front page of the site, it states "the future of Washington Football arrives in 2022."

The website also includes a timeline that walks fans through the name-change process. It includes five chapters: Transformation, discovery, insight, creation and execution. Throughout the process, the team will take suggestions from fans. In the discovery chapter, it states those suggestions "will guide the creation of our new identity."

There's even an area on the website where fans can submit their idea for the next team name. Fans can write up their vision for the team, and even include images to uniform and logo designs they create. Anything submitted through this system will be owned by the team, so it's possible the organization could choose a fan submission for its next name and design.

For now, the team is displaying submitted ideas on its website. Fan-submitted names currently include the Washington Memorials, Washington Rhinos, Washington Justice and many, many others. Some of those, like the Justice, include pictures featuring new uniform and logo designs.

Washington changed nickname in July

In July, the team announced it would change its name to the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season. At the time, the team announced that would be a temporary nickname.

Since then, a number of suggestions have been thrown out by fans, including Redtails and Warriors. Those names could be an issue, as they've been trademarked by a man in Virginia. It's possible team owner Dan Snyder can work out a deal with the trademark holder and go with one of those names, though it appears the team is willing to consider all options at the moment.

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I absolutely love that someone trademarked those names to screw Snyder over. I will happily cheer on the WTF until another name is found. 

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21 minutes ago, mappy said:

I absolutely love that someone trademarked those names to screw Snyder over. I will happily cheer on the WTF until another name is found. 

I’m actually really good with the current name. If they keep it I wouldn’t complain. Hail to the WTFs!

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1 hour ago, vastateofmind said:

To your earlier point, and as evidenced in the videos you just shared -- whether crawling or flying, these cicadas are some of the clumsiest insects I've ever encountered.

The only time every critter in the forest is full to the point they can't eat anymore. It's also giving the forest a big dose of fertilizer. It's really amazing if you think about it.

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19 minutes ago, H2O said:

I’m actually really good with the current name. If they keep it I wouldn’t complain. Hail to the WTFs!

Washington Team Football with really generic fan merchandise. 

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Streak of not hitting 50 still intact . Been since 1st week of December since mby hit 50+ . High of 48 . Tomorrow looks to do it but what a stretch.  I can't remember such a stretch of no torches In winter in a long long time . Still decent snow coverage in Cockeysville around 5pm when I left and at home . Definitely took a hit though .

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10 hours ago, WxUSAF said:

FYI...vaccine appointments at M&T Bank stadium available now.  Hurry.  covidvax.maryland.gov. 

Was able to schedule 3 folks we know over 65 already.

We were able to score three out of four for our parents. We could have gone four for four but my 90 year dad old doesn’t want the vaccine. Who am I to argue with a guy that smoked two packs of unfiltered Lucky Strikes for 60 years?

5 hours ago, mappy said:

LOL i was the passenger. I believe it was just a girly shriek, as I tried to frantically shoo them out of the open car window. My boyfriend at the time just laughed. i mean, I was laughing too

Reminds me of the same shriek I made when Mr Map and I went on one of those drive through safaris and a giraffe stuck its tongue in the car to try and get carrots off my lap. 

If you want to have some fun with the 17 year cicadas, trick a buddy into helping you do a fictitious project that involves a circular saw. I swear they will swarm the sound like it’s the mother of all cicadas. I thought the guy working on my house 17 years ago was going to kill himself swinging the circular saw around in the air to keep the bugs off of him.

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37 minutes ago, vastateofmind said:

Three berry varieties. Hazelnuts. Smoothie-ness. I'm trying to reconcile those three inside one beer can and just can't imagine it.  :D  I'll bet it's interesting though...

It seems a like an odd combo of flavors, but it all works. Very good.

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