Are Ants English or Continental European?

Take a look at this short experiment and see how ants behave in traffic when they bypass each other.

Two ants are circling around the lamp shader in opposite directions. Since they are both holding the middle line, they will eventually collide, and have to choose one side to pass by each other. Look what happens, and which side they prefer choosing.

Out of total of thirteen encounters, ants used left side of the road to pass by nine times. That makes them roughly 69% english.

If the ants were moving the same speed, they would have met on the same two spots every circle. Since their points of meeting are moving, one ant is obviously moving faster than the other.

Bonus question for kids: which ant is faster - the one going clockwise or the other one?


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