Have you heard the buzz about cicadas? Well millions are making noise in the southeastern US. The brood, or swarm of millions of cicadas, is emerging after 13 years underground. They'll be around for about 6 weeks. Why the visit? Believe it or not, they are looking for love. The harmless pests come out from hiding to mate, lay eggs, and then die. They are making their presence heard. Male cicadas attract their lady friends by making loud noises that top 100 decibels. But don't worry, once they're gone it will be a while before they return. Cicadas emerge in 13 and 17 year cycles that occasionally overlap, which happened in 1998. The next double whammy will be in 2219.
In the months ahead of the 2012 presidential election, Republican party contenders see social media as a major campaign platform. Newt Gingrich announced his presidential run on Twitter and Facebook. The former Speaker of the House has a large social media fan base. He has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter and 125,000 fans on Facebook. Despite these numbers, he lags behind other G.O.P. contenders. Donald Trump has more than 260,000 Facebook fans and Mitt Romney has 871,000. Sarah Palin trumps the bunch with nearly 3 million fans on Facebook.
Suffering from royal wedding withdrawal? Fear not, the royal newlyweds are back in the news. They're headed off to an undisclosed location for their honeymoon, which is sure to be a trend today. Some say they're bound for the beaches of the Seychelles, an island chain in the Indian Ocean, roughly 900 miles east of Africa.