At the UC Davis Picnic Day recently one exhibit that caught my attention was “Termite Trails”. Someone accidentally discovered that live termites will follow any squiggly line drawn with a blue BIC pen. Curious. Only that brand, and only that color works the magic. It turns out there is something in the ink in blue BIC pens that mimics a termite hormone. Fascinating.
I wonder what OTHER unintended consequences may result from the formulation of that blue ink … or the thousands of other innocent seeming concoctions that surround us every day.