From the very first day you met your roommate(s), you’ve probably been engaged in a never-ending battle for space. There just isn’t that much space to go around in that cramped room that doubles as a work space and a home media center, especially when you’ve got one or two other people to share it with.
There are always those subtle signs – when your roommate narrows his or her eyes when you cross over to the fridge that happens to be on their side of the room, or when you walk in on your roommate measuring the length of the room and making sure they’re not being cheated of any space. When a fleck of dust crosses the invisible line and it draws a small scream of anguish, it’s probably indicative of your roommate’s transformation into a hermit crab.
Does your roommate tend to clean out his or her side of the room out often to make it seem more spacious than yours? Well guess which other species does that. Crabs tend to ‘re-model’ their shells so that they have the most space possible. If you think you have it rough, at least you don’t have to carry around your dorm on your back – crabs need to be lightweight and efficient. So if you want to assert your dominance as the alpha-crab, take a couple minutes to make your half look voluminous… it’ll probably scare your roommate from doing the same.
If you ever see both – or all three, in the case of a quad – of your roomies approaching you in a rather menacing manner, make sure you’re ready for a fight. In the crab world, they all attack one another until one of them is forced out of their shell. All of the ones who are in smaller shells will fight for the right to take up the bigger one, and that trend continues until every crab is a little bit happier with their residential contract. Except for the one who got kicked out that is, since that one ends up with the smallest shell, making it vulnerable to attack. You thought filling out a housing application was tough, huh.
So the next time you’re combing your hair with your back turned, make sure you keep an eye on your roommate through the mirror. There’s really no telling when you’ll have to show them that you own your shell– er, your side of the room. And when one of these epic fights breaks out, it tends to attract crabs from all over, so you might want to keep tabs on your suitemates or those neighbors down the hall. Unless you live in Clark Kerr… because, well, you really have nothing to complain about then.
Image source: Geir Friestad under Creative Commons
Tags:Clark Kerr, dorm, Hermit Crab, Neighbor, Roommate, Suitemate
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