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(BBC)   Pardon sir, but we would like to stay at your farm as the rest of this area is flooded. I hope you do not mind that we are THOUSANDS OF SPIDERS   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Scary, Floods in Australia, Great Barrier Reef  
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2012-03-06 02:58:36 PM  
Flies? Mosquitoes? I believe those spiders are hunting for pheasants.
 
2012-03-06 02:59:26 PM  

Eating Old People to Save Social Security: [images.sodahead.com image 350x280]


The last decent Julian Sands flick,sadly.
 
2012-03-06 03:00:19 PM  
This happened in Pakistan (new window) too:

images.nationalgeographic.com
images.nationalgeographic.com
 
2012-03-06 03:00:37 PM  

Huck Chaser: Love the headline, subby. Awesome work.


This! I laughed.
 
2012-03-06 03:00:41 PM  
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2012-03-06 03:01:50 PM  
Nope (new window)
 
2012-03-06 03:03:47 PM  

Cheron: One the plus side mosquito and fly season won't be so bad this year.


Also, if the Simpsons taught me anything, someone will make a fortune here selling snakes and gorillas.
 
2012-03-06 03:04:24 PM  
Man, Hershel's gonna be p*ssed.
 
2012-03-06 03:04:35 PM  

nytmare: Flies? Mosquitoes? I believe those spiders are hunting for pheasants.


As has been implied elsewhere, these are top-hatted, bemonocled spiders. Ergo, they are hunting peasants.
 
2012-03-06 03:05:14 PM  
I click the article then I scream and the comments aren't any better.

/AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
 
2012-03-06 03:05:31 PM  
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2012-03-06 03:05:31 PM  
Pardon sir, but we would like to stay at your farm as the rest of this area is

www.fandompost.com

 
2012-03-06 03:05:50 PM  

Cagey B: nytmare: Flies? Mosquitoes? I believe those spiders are hunting for pheasants.

As has been implied elsewhere, these are top-hatted, bemonocled spiders. Ergo, they are hunting peasants.


I would totally roll with those spiders. They seem like stand up chaps AND they keep vermin out of my house.
 
2012-03-06 03:08:09 PM  

Diogenes: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: What if the homeless crowd in? Do you want to live in a neighborhood that smells like hobo ass?

Hobo spider ass, maybe.


Rule 34 anyone?
 
2012-03-06 03:08:28 PM  
If you are arachnophobic, stay away from the sculptures of Louise Bourgeoise. We have one in front of the National Art Gallery, here in Ottawa. Her name is Maman. She's about twenty feet tall and has marble eggs in her giant egg sack, vaguely reminiscent of the most recent War of the World movie.

As for giant spider webs with thousands of spiders in them, they're not just in Australia. I've seen photos of them before. You sometimes get them in Canada and the United States. I don't know if flooding is always involved or whether they have other reasons to do this, such as mating or something.

Very scary, Mr. Bill!
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/09/giant-spider-we.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haf3X5i7XEI

They do seem to be harmless to anybody bigger than a fly.

Not for Arachnophobes and the Faint of Heart:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maman

They are a bit gruesome, but I think they're also cool and interesting. You could always through a tarp over one and make a big tent.

It's a tarp!

No, wait, it's just a giant spider with a tarp over it. Make a good wedding tent for Goths or lovers of creepy-crawly art (Charles Addams, Gahan Wilson and Mark Tatulli come to mind).

http://www.gocomics.com/lio
 
2012-03-06 03:09:34 PM  

Blues_X: Oh God, they're trapping the dog!

It looks like a crappy William Shatner movie.


If by crappy, you mean awesome.

i723.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-06 03:10:14 PM  

Dinobot: [www.statesidestills.com image 240x300]


Send John Goodman in to eat them all? Good idea.
I bet his sprayer was actually full of gravy.
 
2012-03-06 03:10:16 PM  
"Oh, by all means, make yourselves at home. I'll just be over here on the brand new lake, camping out in my tinny. With a flamethrower."

Also, Fiesta!
 
2012-03-06 03:11:15 PM  

nytmare: Flies? Mosquitoes? I believe those spiders are hunting for pheasants.


I think they could take down a Cessna.
 
2012-03-06 03:11:49 PM  
That is straight out of a nightmare for me. FARK that.
 
2012-03-06 03:13:14 PM  
+1 headline subby
 
2012-03-06 03:16:01 PM  
Oh, look. It's snowiiiiiiiiIIIIII
 
2012-03-06 03:20:24 PM  
dahmers love zombie already said it, but I had to post it anyway...

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2012-03-06 03:21:12 PM  
Clearly the time to act is now. Australia must be destroyed. According to my calculations, the continent will drift towards civilized humanity and rejoin the supercontinent in exactly someday in the future and we can never let that happen.

Fire. Ze. Missiles.
 
2012-03-06 03:22:05 PM  
This is not an uncommon thing.

Typically what happens is odd weather (or in this case, a flood) forces bottlenecks spider migrations into a small area and they build what looks like a super community. I won't say it's global warming-related, but it's probably global warming related. Climate has historically affected animal migrations the most.

Happened up north near Prince George, BC, a few years back.

flatrock.org.nz

flatrock.org.nz

flatrock.org.nz

flatrock.org.nz
 
2012-03-06 03:24:34 PM  
i42.photobucket.com

Vagina Spider.
 
2012-03-06 03:24:45 PM  

MaxxLarge: I made it as far as the first picture before I got the overwhelming desire to go take a shower.

I'm honestly just fine with the odd spider. I have these little khaki ones at my house, and I see one every couple of weeks. They're kinda cute. We steer clear of each other, and co-exist for the most part. I actually find myself hoping the little guys are getting enough to eat, since Minnesota winters tend to kill off most of the other stuff that'd be on their menu.

That said, if I walked in one day, and there were suddenly thousands of them? I'd turn right back around, go and get the gas can from the garage, and burn the place to the ground for the insurance money without a second's hesitation. And realistically, I know that there are a LOT more than the ones I see. But out of sight, out of mind.


I have an ongoing agreement with the spider population at large.

I am ~6' tall. Spiders, then, must always maintain an altitude of at least six feet. Any spider caught breaking this flight deck by more than one inch will be punished by death.

/eventually, I'm going to inadvertently breed a species of spider that either cannot or will not ever venture beneath six feet in altitude.
//I, for one, welcome our new arachnid overlords.
 
2012-03-06 03:25:29 PM  
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
 
2012-03-06 03:25:37 PM  
dammit man! Not another spider thread!!!!!!
 
2012-03-06 03:25:44 PM  
I don't mind the occassional spider, but I think I'd have a problem with an invasion like that.

I think I'd have to buy a flame thrower.
 
2012-03-06 03:26:16 PM  
Good day, just thought I'd mention what a delightful, well-crafted headline that is before I "click" on the related link. Off I go, with a spring in my step, good subby!

/what could go wrong
 
2012-03-06 03:26:32 PM  
This reminds me! I have Crazy Bug Mac n Cheese in my pantry!
 
2012-03-06 03:26:51 PM  
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2012-03-06 03:27:12 PM  
AAAAAAAAAAGH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH
 
2012-03-06 03:27:41 PM  
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2012-03-06 03:28:18 PM  
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Mr. Dark sent them.
 
2012-03-06 03:28:39 PM  
It's Australia, so all they need to do to fix the problem is introduce bigger, meaner cannibalistic spiders.

That always works.
 
2012-03-06 03:29:56 PM  
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2012-03-06 03:31:01 PM  

whconner4: Clearly the time to act is now. Australia must be destroyed. According to my calculations, the continent will drift towards civilized humanity and rejoin the supercontinent in exactly someday in the future and we can never let that happen.

Fire. Ze. Missiles.


I'll be in Madagascar. Shutting down things.
 
2012-03-06 03:31:29 PM  
This reminds me of a csb...

When I was in junior high school, we were on the track running laps during P.E.. All of the sudden the sky was filled with what looked like little strings and balls of cotton that were descending on us. Everybody was having great fun trying to grab all the fluffiness...YAY!

Come to find out, it was millions of baby spiders on a once in a decade super hatching kinda thing. Luckily, we were able to wash them off in the showers as were were just finishing P.E.

/csb
 
2012-03-06 03:32:54 PM  
William Shatner Movie = Kingdom of the Spiders and Yes I own it on DVD, that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw these pictures.

Anybody know what kind of spiders those are?
 
2012-03-06 03:33:24 PM  
I wonder if you could collect the silk and spin it into thread or rope.
 
2012-03-06 03:33:42 PM  

whconner4: Clearly the time to act is now. Australia must be destroyed. According to my calculations, the continent will drift towards civilized humanity and rejoin the supercontinent in exactly someday in the future and we can never let that happen.

Fire. Ze. Missiles.


But I am le tired.
 
2012-03-06 03:34:19 PM  
Seriously, since they are Oz spiders you can bet just one of their bites can make the skin melt off your arm.

*shudder*
 
2012-03-06 03:36:55 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: whconner4: Clearly the time to act is now. Australia must be destroyed. According to my calculations, the continent will drift towards civilized humanity and rejoin the supercontinent in exactly someday in the future and we can never let that happen.

Fire. Ze. Missiles.

But I am le tired.


Alright, well, go take a nap BUT THEN FIRE ZE MISSILES.

(and Russia is all "AAAAH MOTHERLAND!" )
 
2012-03-06 03:37:03 PM  

Ishkur: This is not an uncommon thing.

Typically what happens is odd weather (or in this case, a flood) forces bottlenecks spider migrations into a small area and they build what looks like a super community. I won't say it's global warming-related, but it's probably global warming related. Climate has historically affected animal migrations the most.

Happened up north near Prince George, BC, a few years back.

[flatrock.org.nz image 480x360]

[flatrock.org.nz image 480x360]

[flatrock.org.nz image 480x360]

[flatrock.org.nz image 480x360]


I was living just down the road in Valemount, BC when that happened. I stayed far, far, away.
 
2012-03-06 03:37:54 PM  
images.wikia.com

Perhaps we can leverage this into an audience with Queen Spider, so that Holy Vatican Law can be changed to allow priests to have sex with women instead of molesting boys

/just kidding, the Holy Document of Vatican Law cannot be changed
//So Sayeth The Spider
 
2012-03-06 03:38:27 PM  
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You're gonna need a bigger clock
 
2012-03-06 03:40:13 PM  
Woo!!! Packers!!!
 
2012-03-06 03:40:15 PM  
Ugh.
 
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