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unicornwhisperer
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..And they are so awesome!!

..got to see them in Ohio last month. They are so cool! I have been so deprived! I even got to hold one and just look at it for a while. They are like beetles with a lightbulb in their bums. [Big Grin]

By the way Cedar Point is awesome especially if you go to the waterpark too.

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Elizabeth
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I had one in my bedroom last night.
Not so cool in the bedroom.

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When my sister and I were little, we would catch them and put them in an empty mayonaise jar. Once, when my mom told my sister to let them out, she opened the jar in her room and her ceiling twinkled all night...
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The Pixiest
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Which one?

This one: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006HAWP/qid=1120665805/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/102-0804233-8859351?v=glance&s=dvd&n=507846

Or This one:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000AQS0F/qid=1120665833/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_ur_1/102-0804233-8859351?v=glance&s=dvd&n=507846

Pix

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unicornwhisperer
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Obviously Pix, you're kidding. [Roll Eyes]
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The Pixiest
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Obviously =)

We had fireflies where I grew up. I loved them. A creature that could make it's own light. It's still amazing when I think about it.

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I was in PA over the weekend. I always forget how dark it is in the country. And then the windsheild started to glow in one tiny spot... [Frown]
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I finally got to see them for the first time, a few years back, when I was in Manitoba...it was weird and random to suddenly see spots of light going off and on all over the place
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With the Dark Side you can make the Fireflies do your bidding
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I saw them for the first time last summer, when I was at camp. It was lovely.
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Fireflies are very common here in New Jersey, and where I grew up in New York. I always took them for granted as an expected part of summer -- like humidity or ice cream.

I didn't realize that they are not ubiquitous everywhere.

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Jay
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It's real fun when one goes splat on the windshield.....
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Permit me a moment to speak like an old man

I remember in Virginia the dark countryside of summer when the fields and hedgrows would be filled with the miniature flashes of light.

There were so many of the lightning bugs, which is what we called them, that there seemed to be stars on the face of the earth.

A scooping hand from a child would capture two or three at a pass. They were a part of a child's summer as much as stars in the night sky.

Now, like the whip-poor-will, they are so diminished.

But I am happy you got to see them, even if just a few.


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Vadon
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I still have never seen one in real life... oh well. ^_^
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Vadon,

I hope you do.
The simple flash of light is a part of childhood, like the crayfish in a creek or the sound of cicada's in the summer evening.
Simple things.

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Fireflies are one of the summer things I miss from the midwest. It wasn't until this Fourth of July that I realized that Seattle doesn't have them. My childhood Fourth of July memories all include chasing fireflies (or lightning bugs, as it were) until it got dark enough for the fireworks to start.
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I love fireflies. Their photoemitting mechanisms are a fascinating study.
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Vadon
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Wow, I really must have had a deprived childhood. Didn't have crayfish in creeks, and I wasn't even sure what a cicada was... found a website and listened to their sound... rather annoying.
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Yeah, I have no idea what a cicada or a crayfish are, either.

My first firefly experience was a week after I moved to Sri Lanka, and one was in our bedroom, mostly hanging on to our mosquito net. It blinked for hours. The second was a couple of weeks ago, and it was stuck in our living room. It's so cool!

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"In case you were wondering, no, your butt hasn't lit up."
"I don't even know which muscles to clench!"

--Enigmatic

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unicornwhisperer
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[Confused]
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Enigmatic, that's EXACTLY what I was thinking! [ROFL]
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We saw fireflies when we went up to Atoka. Boon and KPC were amazed that I had never seen them before. [Smile]
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We didn't have fireflies where I grew up (Utah), but did you know that if you douse a scorpion in alcohol and light it on fire, its tail glows purple?
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UofUlawguy you are evil man, [Evil Laugh]
Fireflies are beautiful and I miss seeing them. I grew up having them around for most of the summer. Glad you were able to see one.

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