Here the topic is in the middle. The first sentence sets the mood, as does the second. Then the writer gets to his point, the real subject: "the ants".

23. Everything was just getting settled after World War II. The Deep South had just begun to feel comfortable again. Then came the ants! Whole colonies of them had sprung into being almost over night. It seemed like an invasion from Mars or some other unearthly place. Agricultural experts were brought in to study the situation and to map strategy for defense.

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