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Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?

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#ANIMATEona (1 day ago)
You’re not stuck in traffic *You are the TRAFFIC*
Cyberwizard Productions (1 day ago)
ants aren't stuck going down a road, they can walk around another ant if they want to. or climb over them. Can't do that with cars, either. A lot more like a bunch of kids going to classes at the average high school than cars.
Nova (2 days ago)
You're not in traffic you are traffic
Charlie Lewis (2 days ago)
Also cars can’t touch eachother without people getting upset
Ruben de León (2 days ago)
Solution, became a drone. Resistance is futile!
Cole Mair (2 days ago)
Ants get traffic jams ever step on one of the lines they'll go crazy and get lost.
Corey Faith (3 days ago)
Ants dont have traffic lights or signs I know it sounds both weird and obviously but without traffic lights or signs there wouldn't be traffic jams lol
Mahdi Ahmed (3 days ago)
They should just put this video in the billboards
PRANAB JYOTI DAS (4 days ago)
Because there roads are big and donot have a traffic police
Royal Canadian Air Force (4 days ago)
I love ants
The Crafty Tech (5 days ago)
People drive like they are exiting a burning building generally
Brandon Duhon (6 days ago)
What game is the thumbnail cuz I remember playing it and want it back
joel arnold (6 days ago)
Because they can move around freely, humans walking also dont have trafic
Black Cats HD (6 days ago)
I don't think ants have cars...
SACY VACHHAR (7 days ago)
Cuz they cant
Diogo Lima (7 days ago)
Hmmmm... actually... the videos show clear evidence that ants hit each other all the time. Try that with cars.
kacper kozak (7 days ago)
They do stuck in trafic "circle of death"
MR GJR (8 days ago)
Remove the road just like the ant then there will be no traffic.. u are over analyzing bro
chumbuckery777 (9 days ago)
Because ants dont drive cars? What a dumb question.
RayVitoles (11 days ago)
By definition,an ant colony is one organism,so each ant is just a part of it.Thats why ants can cooperate perfectly at anything.They can scout,make bridges,carry big things,fight together as if they were one..In reality they are one
Twobarpsi (12 days ago)
Ants don't get stuck because they're not stifled by Democrat run cities that can't manage.
firebarrier (12 days ago)
one of the main problems is lanes are built wider than cars but need to be that wide for trucks and cars are large enough to seat 3 adults abreast so human drivers give extra room than required so if you have 7 lanes that's like 10m wasted. however if you put humans on motor bikes they can fit a lot closer together. and even more so if you have them walking. and if you wish to be even more compact get hover bikes or stacked roads and as the video pointed out automated cars are perfect in unison so that would mean they could fit them cm next to each other and accelerate simultaneously .
Ben Morgan (12 days ago)
Why don't ants get stuck in traffic? Well first off, they don't drive vehicles...
Loop (12 days ago)
this is stupid, they are all going in and from the same direction, at the same speed, i've never seen a slow moving ant;
CH1NOify (12 days ago)
There's no stop signs. There's no traffic lights. There's no lanes. There's no police officers. Of course! There's no traffic in ANTS WORLD.
Man On a Mission (12 days ago)
Humans are the worst species.
Philip Liu (13 days ago)
Oh right, ants aren't cars
Tibly (13 days ago)
because it’s freeways don’t have speed limits 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Dudu Yxl (14 days ago)
Are you really comparing humans to ants?? Ants do not have routes they have to follow, if there is traffic they can always go round
Daybelline Muñoz (14 days ago)
How come prudential no longer sponsors episodes?
Maskoyan Susurti (16 days ago)
Not much topic about ants
philjohnson725 (18 days ago)
Ants don't get stuck in traffic because they're not stupid. People get stuck in traffic because they are stupid. Easy as that. People are NOT the most intelligent species on this planet.
Alexandra Madrigal (18 days ago)
I use this app called Waze which gives alternative routes therefore making one less car in traffic.
Hassan Maje (20 days ago)
Perhaps remove human drivers and use AI or self driving cars and we can achieve how ants are able to not get into 'traffic'
I Am The One Who Knocks (20 days ago)
Why don't ants get stuck in traffic? Because they're smarter than these idiots walking around here we call humans.
Faizan Alvi (20 days ago)
Ants can go anywhere qe are bounded by roads we cant simply go anywhere there i summarised the actual reason
kyleblum (21 days ago)
Imagine walking through a crowd of people with an inner tube around your waste, same thing... there is obviously a correlation between the amount of traffic and the actual volume of area you are responsible for
Apocalypse HR17 (21 days ago)
I wish people start walking again. 🚶
Lou Cypher (22 days ago)
We all do the same as them just not in cars lol
Random Memes Weekly (25 days ago)
we can learn from the ants
GreenZapperZ (26 days ago)
Simple, automatic cars
Olivia Vanpuyenbroeck (26 days ago)
Difference being theyre just using their bodies not controling a vehicle. Id like to see them drive tiny cars and see of they can work it out just as well
ScreamingLlamas (28 days ago)
In my opinion, we should have self driving cars that communicate with each other and stop traffic
Urban Student Prepper (29 days ago)
Solution to traffic: depopulation, nukes.
King Hip-O (29 days ago)
Because they don't ride or constantly tap on their breaks.
Polarbear Frost (30 days ago)
*Just turn cars into robotic ants* S O L V E D
IsisRenee1 (30 days ago)
A 25 year old making $40k a year? I don’t know such people. The 25year olds I know still eat Ramen Noodles, drive for Uber, and visit Coin Star frequently. 😕
jsbrads1 (1 month ago)
I have seen an ant trying to get into an ant hole and every time (for like 10 seconds) he tried he had to back up to let an ant finish exiting.
metalskirmish (1 month ago)
so if you pause it and play it over and over he looks like he smells something bad.
Sean Peoples (1 month ago)
What 25 year old do you know that earns $40k a year?? And where the hell are they getting 6% interest??? I need answers!
ᖇᗩᘔ0229 (1 month ago)
_Because there're no humans driving them!_
ᖇᗩᘔ0229 (1 month ago)
Don't be exotic! _They're all dumb people in the comment section!_
Bicc OG (1 month ago)
Because they just walk on top of each other
knots nchains (1 month ago)
I am short. so in a crowd, If I see a taller person going in the direction I want to go, I will often follow them through the crowd... also my bf is tall...
Anguteeraq Olsen (1 month ago)
A QuEstIOn i AlWAys WoNdeReD
kam kaf (1 month ago)
They do get accumulated if there path is obstructed.
joseph manriquez (1 month ago)
They don't eat or talk on the phone ... In traffic.
Jeobany Patt (1 month ago)
Thanks god I live in a country were traffic jams aren't common
Frank Vicioso (1 month ago)
Humans have much to learn from ants
myfatassdick (1 month ago)
They do if you watch them but they just move along when they hit each other
ChickenWingJohnny (1 month ago)
Ants communist confirmed
Aneesha Resham (1 month ago)
Mindless individuals contributing to large patterns!
B for Beautiful (1 month ago)
worker ants, not army ants
Rosysur Angomcha (1 month ago)
Where is your Solution ? Everyone knows the problem. But You didn't mentioned the solution... So, Dislike it
White Nightmare (1 month ago)
Lesson learned, ants are communists
Deathnotefan97 (1 month ago)
Ants sometimes get stuck in massive circles, following each other endlessly until they die That sounds like a traffic jam to me
Stephen Ponce (1 month ago)
Screw Bill Nye!.. U THE GUY!😁
Mikheil Ghvinianidze (1 month ago)
Ants simple can go over each other.
John Griffith (1 month ago)
Is anybody else nervous about self driving cars?
Mrs. Willette (1 month ago)
Simple, b cause they aren’t absolute mad lads
True Nagas (1 month ago)
Dont get angry coz m smart..let me explain They dont stuck in jam unlike cars or vehicles coz they can climb each other as well as squeez through each other but in human world you will be in jail
Jimmy (1 month ago)
Reading the title made my head explode
Gabriel Casagrande (1 month ago)
This is a nice summary of what Tom Vanderbilt tells on his book "Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)"
toughluck8012 (1 month ago)
You wouldnt waste so much time wasting if traffic if you walked or biked 🤷‍♂️ And it's loads better for the environment. Just sayin
Yo Mama (1 month ago)
“They are working towards the same goal, the good of the colony” socialism in nature
Maria Callous (1 month ago)
ya, the speed limit coupled with distance between cars is a basic traffic formula ...stops and turn and truck lanes are figured into the equation...
Ace Bioco (1 month ago)
and people nowadays still squish ants.
Webblz 900 (1 month ago)
People who would rather die then let someone merge when they have to need to get stabbed by an icicle.
Cecil Gordon (1 month ago)
the more you know ...... haahahaa
Darkknight1238 (1 month ago)
"awesome traffic system" the video you played literally showed like 5 ants bonk heads. And at 80 mph that wouldn't be a good thing.
mikkel earle (1 month ago)
We're in traffic at this moment
Mel Orpiano (1 month ago)
this video is stupid. can we walk on top of each other? yet alone the car's. this gay is STUPID to the highest level indeed!
Ethan Kamphof (1 month ago)
shouldn’t of watched this before bed😬
truth seeker (1 month ago)
Stupid.. Ants don't have cars or purposed roads, equals no traffic.. When we are walking there is no problems.. Eeerrrrr deeeeerrrr
Zetsuke4 (1 month ago)
umm when humans walk we dont get traffic either. when ants walk they can brush against each other. when we drive cars we have to avoid collision and contact, obeying traffic rules with no flexibility. any wrong movement and you get a car crash. it's totally different, this is stupid.
Craig (1 month ago)
Or driving laws can be more strictly enforced for a) causing an accident b) easily one of the most problematic and provable cause of traffic, tailgating which is almost never enforced as cops would rather pull you over for going 10 over than tailgating, c) getting rid of all the bad drivers on the road who shouldn't be driving in the first place. Driving is a privilege not a right.
Ryan Mooney (1 month ago)
Something important you missed about ants is communication. Ever watch ants pass each other. They always look like they are saying hey wazzup and moving on. And the flip side. In a vehicle you have very limited communication options. Ending in screaming at the air cause no one can see you blow up in your car. How would you like to do your videos from inside a car with the camera outside. Not much fun I would guess. It’s why walking traffic jams are less likely and we form those nice 3 lane ant lines. I liked the side note on zipper late merging. I’ll give it a try and see if I notice improvements. How do you factor in the bozos that refuse to let late mergers in. Oh wait that’s me... Hmm... Attitude change maybe. ??
jenald gabriel (1 month ago)
So thats why God created ants
Martin Tohu (1 month ago)
Wtf is this.
Max Towers (1 month ago)
I don't have to watch the video to know the answer. Ants don't have governments telling them how to walk and when to stop.
Niver The Designer (1 month ago)
Why don't ants get stuck in traffic? Cuz they're not from Massachusetts.
HIGHEST RA`AD (1 month ago)
they are loyally organized by the Creator of all, Almighty Allah
Francis Lim (1 month ago)
When we trampled on an ant nest and pours lots of water over it the ants should dies yet after a few days they’re back.For humans,those countries that drives on the left sides,British systems,peoples should walk on the left,like In Japan,in America,walk on the right hand sides.
Cy an (1 month ago)
Because they don't have cars
jackson duran (1 month ago)
ants don't use cars anyway... they can crawl on top of each other....
Lee Dias (1 month ago)
Ants crawl over each other ... pretty much what people do in India ... so... maybe that's the way...
BroBurrito (1 month ago)
Look up ant death spiral
Entry Exit (1 month ago)
Stupid topic I've ever heard , Because they don't get dent .
Stefan Bojic (1 month ago)
ants keep crashing into each other
Sponation9000 (1 month ago)
Because they aren’t chinese