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(io9)   Almost all spiders are solitary, and very few hunt together in groups of thousands, cooperating to kill and eat prey thousands of times their own size. Very few   ( divider line
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2012-05-12 10:42:58 AM  
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TheShavingofOccam123: kroonermanblack: TheShavingofOccam123: There's about as much a chance of my clicking that link as there is a naked Kaley Cuoco delivering a pizza to my door then leaving in the morning.

I think people are scared of spiders because they are so different than what we normally see. Things with 8 or (6 legs for insects) that go vertical and have eyes we can't make contact with just drive us nuts. If spiders were two legged and stayed on the ground instead of crawling on ceilings and hanging in mid air, I don't think they would be as terrifying.

It's a combination of a lot of things I think. The poison factor is a big contributor in my mind. Anything that is smaller than a dime and can kill me is freaky.

The poison thingee is a very big deal.

It's venom, not poison. Spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous.

/pet peeve
2012-05-12 07:32:28 AM  
1 vote:

HawgWild: Am I the only one who thinks the headline is an oxymoron?

"very few hunt together in groups of thousands"

Few?! They're THOUSANDS of them!

Kinda. But obviously its very few, with "species" implied.
2012-05-12 07:14:04 AM  
1 vote:
2012-05-12 02:28:25 AM  
1 vote:

This wasn't part of the deal, spiders.


2012-05-12 01:06:47 AM  
1 vote:

Cagey B: Oh spider threads. How I love thee.

Came here to say something like this.

I do not kill spiders I find in my home, I just let them go outside... in YOUR yard.
2012-05-11 11:12:18 PM  
1 vote:
CSB time:

When I was a kid we lived in Oklahoma. One night, when I was around eleven or twelve, I told my parents I was staying over at a friend's and we stayed out all night exploring. At one point we were wandering through an abandoned orchard in the moonlight, being dive-bombed by bats, when we came upon a section of the orchard that was taken over by spiders. We could not go any further due to a literal wall of webs that stretched from the ground to the treetops. Within the webs we could see little movements in the blue light, and there were large dark spots, as if birds or squirrels had been caught and hung there waiting to be eaten. It felt like the web was going to reach out and pull me in. I wasn't scared of spiders before that night.
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