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Cicadas are Freaking Annoying

August 22, 2011

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Ah yes, it’s summertime in Korea. How do we know? The cicadas are in full bloom. If you don’t know what that is – as we didn’t when we first came to Korea – it’s not a flower. Cicada (known as “Maemi,” in Korean 매미) are really large and icky looking bugs that are totally harmless, but really loud.

They don’t fly in your face or anything, and they don’t bite. In fact, they’re hard to see unless you’re staring up at the highest branches of the trees. They won’t physically get in your way at all. But they will scream their godforsaken lungs out incessantly, desperately trying to meet a cicada girl (only the males can scream). Remember that scene from Dumb and Dumber when they talk about the most annoying sound in the world?

Cicada

Our Drawing Skillz are OSM!

It was the Cicada he was referring to. We feel like they’re the obnoxious neighbours that blast really loud music non-stop and no matter how many times you ask them to turn it down, you have no choice but to put up with it in the end. Good news is that they only come out during the hottest time of year, so normally that’s June-August, but this year since we had so much rain and terrible weather, we only started really hearing them this month. If you haven’t visited Korea but you have watched Korean dramas, you can hear them making uninvited cameos in the background.

“You really mean a lot to me…”
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGHHHHHHH
“You really need a lobotomy? What?”
“NO! That’s not what I said…damn cicadas!!!!”

Despite our irritation with these bugs, they really start to grow on you (not literally or you’d scream like a schoolgirl). If you’re sitting in the park the thousands of songs can flood out other sounds and create almost a peaceful “HUM”. Also, we’re starting to feel like summer is just not summer without those annoying buggers (har har har..get it?). In fact, you can hear the soundtrack of the cicadas being played in some Korean grocery stores when they’re selling watermelons…what a clever marketing tool to give Korean shoppers an adrenaline rush of happy summer feelings. ACT CRAAAAZY AND BUY TONS OF WATERMELONS! IT’S THE SUMMER!!!! *Simon and Martina buy 30*

Anyways, I think we now have a love-hate relationship with these cicadas. If there is one important message we want to get across about these creatures, it’s HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGH!

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  1. Pennsylvania gets them once every 17 years…and those ones do attack. Well, at least in the sense that they feel their air space belongs to them, whether you’re walking there or not.

    5 years ago
  2. I love how the cicadas that Martina drew look like an elephant. Anyways I had my headphones on when I pushed play for your video and it felt like an electric shock went down my spine every time Simon did that Hegh sound…awesomely awful!

    5 years ago
  3. i never heard one in california yet but they do sound annoying… but phone text message was funny lol as soon the phone part pop out i already knew it was gonna be funny haha

    5 years ago
  4. i never heard one in california yet but they do sound annoying… but phone text message was funny lol as soon the phone part pop out i already knew it was gonna be funny haha

    5 years ago
  5. Here in Dominican Republic has been a while since I hear cicadas.

    5 years ago
  6. Same here in Japan… silent parks? hahaha!

    5 years ago
  7. Awwww, they have those buggers in Mississippi. Whenever I go to a family reunion there, I always love hearing those things. They’re a lot less annoying than the crickets that infest my pool here in Florida.

    5 years ago
  8. Ha ha there is no Cicadas in my neighborhood ^__^

    5 years ago
  9. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeghhhhhhhh

    5 years ago
  10. HAHAHAA!!! XD
    i ROFLed at the “HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE……..” bit xDD

    5 years ago
  11. Oh my gosh… They are soooooo loud in the mornings around my apartment! I HATE HATE HATE them! 

    5 years ago
  12. OMG this is SO TRUE! Try making a phonecall when cicadas are buzzing….. ffreaking impossible 

    5 years ago
  13. That reminds me of the Tawainese drama “It Started With A Kiss” since it was summertime, you can hear the cicadas making noise throughout some of the scenes. And I think in some movie the cicadas were so loud they had to reshoot some scenes during a different season. So yeah, very annoying bug.

    5 years ago
  14. I had to turn the volume down on MC Cicada because his performance was making my dog anxious. I think he might have objected to some obscene turn of phrase that I couldn’t quite make out, as he’s not a big fan of cicada gangsta rap.

    5 years ago
  15. A cicada hatching out of it’s carapace: http://imgur.com/D78DH
    My initial (and ongoing) reaction is “kill it with fire.”

    5 years ago
    • Looks positively disgusting. Thank you for the image now burned into my brain. BLECH.

      5 years ago
  16. I hated these things this year. Over here at least, they do this “every 13 year” thing where there’s more of them than usual, and this summer just happened to be that 13th year…so this suckers were EVERYWHERE. We were stepping on them getting out of cars, they would fly at your feet when you were walking around campus…Oh god, SO annoying. They even cling to purses! I really, really, REALLY hate cicadas, I actually prefer cricket chirps.

    5 years ago
  17. This may be a little weird, but I miss hearing the cicadas from when I studied abroad in Japan last year. It’s so quiet here in Colorado…T_T! And I love the Dumb & Dumber clip! XD

    5 years ago
  18. OMFG! THIS WAS EPICAL

    5 years ago
  19. Omg. They piss me off too! That’s how you can tell it’s summer time in East Texas, too. Frickin loud and annoying things!!

    5 years ago
  20. oh my ^^

    5 years ago
  21. i almost gone crazy… 

    5 years ago
  22. this is not the same kind of cicadas that make a more pleasant sound during the night, right? (the sound that you play during an awkward silence in your videos)?

    5 years ago
    • That’s crickets!

      5 years ago
    • I’m pretty sure those are crickets, and they are indeed less annoying (although around here we still get some rogue ones that sound almost as annoying as the cicada).

      5 years ago
  23. Japan also has this bug. But they seem to LOVE human. Because if they see one window open, they just come fly in -__-” and scares the crap out of me -__-“

    5 years ago
  24. This video is just as annoying as those cicada

    5 years ago
  25. LOL It’s definitely a love-hate thing with these guys because after a while you get that whole Pavlov conditioned reflex when you hear them^^

    5 years ago
  26. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  27. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  28. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  29. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  30. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  31. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  32. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  33. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  34. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  35. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  36. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  37. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  38. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  39. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago
  40. I BAKED Cicada for my biology experiment. I find them really cute. =P

    5 years ago