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June 13, 2007

Cicada Mobile

Filed under: Brood XIII | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:50 pm

It’s the Lake County Forest Preserves Cicada Mobile!

June 3, 2007

Cicada Fishing Lures

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 10:22 pm

A few fishing lure manufacturers make cicada shaped lures, leveraging the fact that fish, especially big fish, will eagerly consume cicadas that fall into water. A cicada struggling on the surface of the water is like a dinner bell to hungry perch and bass.

Fishing and cicada enthusiasts should consider buying one of these novelty lures.

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Cicada Shaped Fishing Lure

Cicada Shaped Fishing Lure

Cicada Shaped Fishing Lure

Cicada Shaped Fishing Lure

May 23, 2007

Cicada Rapp

Filed under: Magicicada | Music — Dan @ 4:35 am

Check out the CicadaCicadaCiada rapp by Soul-gers on the Mic (MySpace Music). You’ll notice that they use real cicada sounds in place of instruments in the song — pretty cool!

May 20, 2007

Hello Cicada

Filed under: Cicada Arts | Japan | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:43 am

In Japan cicadas are called Semi, a.k.a. 蝉.


That’s your cicada fact of the day.

April 13, 2007

The Cicada Lover Song

Filed under: Brood XIII | Pop Culture — Dan @ 10:46 am

One of the fun things about large 17-year cicada emergences like Brood XIII is the pop culture that emerges from the imaginations of inspired cicada maniacs: people write and record songs, perform plays and musicals, make independent films, paint paintings, wake websites, etc.

Today we got an email from a song writer named Gregg who has a song called the Cicada Lover song that he recorded 17 years ago. It’s back, Cicada 2.0 style.

My name is Gregory Paul. I thought you might be interested in this website:

This is a song that I originally wrote and recorded 17 years ago. Kelly Clark sang it then, too. We were both just getting started in the Chicago theater scene. Since then, we’ve both gone on to do a lot of shows at various theaters around the city but this is the first time we’ve worked together again since the 1990 recording. Cicada Lover was played on the local radio stations then and was a popular number on the Dr. Demento show.

We just re-recorded the new version (we call it Cicado 2.0) last week to celebrate the imminent return of the 17-year-locusts to Chicago.

April 3, 2007

Brood XIII t-shirts and other stuff

Filed under: Brood XIII | Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:42 pm

People have started asking for Brood XIII shirts and other stuff like mugs and pillows, so I made them. The cicadas will be in the ground for about 2 months but the shirts are here. I recommend that you don’t buy one unless you see (and hear) the actual cicadas. Otherwise it’s like wearing a Bahamas t-shirt without ever going there. 🙂

February 20, 2007

7th International Film Festival of Insects is organised by OPIE-LR

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 4:07 am

The 7th International Film Festival of Insects is happening in October:

The Languedoc-Roussillon Department of Insects and their Environment (OPIE-LR), organizers of the International Insect Film Festival invite you to submit your audiovisual projects.

Our aim is to develop scientific mediation, to promote interest in invertebrate life and generally to encourage biodiversity through the medium of film. This is the role to be played by the unique international audiovisual competition, focusing on insects and other continental invertebrates.

FIFI will accept all work (documentaries, fiction, cartoons…) created since 2003.

The deadline for applications is the 30th April 2007. Judging will take place in the National History Museum of Paris on the 16th, 17th and 18th May.

The international jury and the youth jury, along with the public will award 5 trophies and a grand prize of 1,500 euro.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly or via our website for further information, for rules and regulations or for an application form.

This festival presents the opportunity to mingle with a host of world players in the field of insects, directors, producers, scientists, artists, naturalists and financial players. We would be delighted to welcome you to this forum of meeting and exchange.

7th International Film Festival of Insects is organised by OPIE-LR

Plenty of cicada video on YouTube

Filed under: Pop Culture | Video — Dan @ 3:35 am

There’s plenty of cicada video on YouTube.

This post is originally from early 2007 when Youtube was young. I’ve updated it with a more recent video:

December 2, 2006

Steel versus the Giant Cicadas

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 9:48 am

A great moment in comic book history: Steel versus the Giant Cicadas (Absorbascon blog).


Thanks to Spandex Justice for unearthing this gem.

November 14, 2006

The 9 on Yahoo!

Filed under: Pop Culture — Dan @ 10:11 pm

This goes to show how oblivious I am in general: Cicada Mania was featured on The 9 on Yahoo! last week. I watch The 9 on my lunch break, so I don’t know how I missed it. Thanks Yahoo!

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