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(BBC)   Net-casting spider catches cricket on super slow-mo video for the first time. Yes, the video is there   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 40
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2012-08-05 03:36:07 PM
There is no need to film cricket in slow motion.
 
2012-08-05 04:03:58 PM
As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch
 
2012-08-05 04:08:32 PM
Not sure I was as excited as the researchers, but still cool stuff. Om nom nom.
 
2012-08-05 04:13:28 PM
St_Francis_P: Not sure I was as excited as the researchers, but still cool stuff. Om nom nom.

I would be as excited as the researchers if I were paid a salary to watch wildlife. A lot of people pay money to go to zoos.That's not even close to what these guys are doing but think about it - they get paid to do it.

I wish I had a cool job - one that I actually enjoyed doing.
 
2012-08-05 07:35:44 PM
He's still misunderstood.
 
2012-08-05 08:50:10 PM
They totally looked at each other like they are going to fark. You just know he is usually a strict, uptight, dominant personality, always stingy with approval and praises. You can tell when she nervously asks if she can check the shot first. Had she failed, he would have made her life hell, with passive aggressive digs and disapproving looks. But she succeeded, while the cameras were watching them, so she gets to taste it tonight.

Really, the whole thing gives off a sub-dom vibe.
 
2012-08-05 08:55:10 PM

WelldeadLink: There is no need to film cricket in slow motion.


If you speed it up it looks like they're playing baseball.
 
2012-08-05 08:57:47 PM
That's pretty farking cool.. Nature never ceases to amaze me.
 
2012-08-05 08:58:27 PM
"For once you were fishercrickets, but now I shall make you fishers of crickets."

...nah, doesn't have the same ring to it. Cricketermen? Fisherspiders? Spidermen?
 
2012-08-05 09:01:33 PM
In before "damn nature, you scary" comment.
 
2012-08-05 09:11:16 PM
"Damn nature, you scary!"

/that was for you, consider this
 
2012-08-05 09:11:28 PM

Keizer_Ghidorah: "For once you were fishercrickets, but now I shall make you fishers of crickets."

...nah, doesn't have the same ring to it. Cricketermen? Fisherspiders? Spidermen?


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

/Someone had to
 
2012-08-05 09:30:23 PM
In Crickets verus Spiders I always root for the Spiders.
 
2012-08-05 09:34:13 PM
With great power comes tasty bugs.
 
2012-08-05 09:46:28 PM
I'm more freaked out by the giant bug crawling up the guys back around 1:12
 
2012-08-05 09:46:34 PM

dalovindj: Really, the whole thing gives off a sub-dom vibe.


That's graduate school for ya.
 
2012-08-05 10:02:37 PM

dalovindj: They totally looked at each other like they are going to fark. You just know he is usually a strict, uptight, dominant personality, always stingy with approval and praises. You can tell when she nervously asks if she can check the shot first. Had she failed, he would have made her life hell, with passive aggressive digs and disapproving looks. But she succeeded, while the cameras were watching them, so she gets to taste it tonight.

Really, the whole thing gives off a sub-dom vibe.


Was thinking something along those lines too. Especially him being this old dude compared to her (as far as I could tell).
 
2012-08-05 10:17:11 PM

Easy Reader: dalovindj: They totally looked at each other like they are going to fark. You just know he is usually a strict, uptight, dominant personality, always stingy with approval and praises. You can tell when she nervously asks if she can check the shot first. Had she failed, he would have made her life hell, with passive aggressive digs and disapproving looks. But she succeeded, while the cameras were watching them, so she gets to taste it tonight.

Really, the whole thing gives off a sub-dom vibe.

Was thinking something along those lines too. Especially him being this old dude compared to her (as far as I could tell).


Definitely daddy issues. On nights when he approves of her behavior he is gentle. Then there's the other nights.
 
2012-08-05 10:18:33 PM
All I can think of when watching is the spider was passing the time playing the kids' game "Cat's Cradle."
 
2012-08-05 10:46:16 PM
Too bad the article about the video that you made didn't even acknowledge your presence there, Sophie. Ditch that dead weight you're working with and come film spiders with me instead. I'll put your name in lights.
 
2012-08-05 10:48:50 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch


Sorry to bring the bad news for you, but there's no such thing as a spider-free hill.
 
2012-08-05 10:55:27 PM

Clockwork Kumquat: Too bad the article about the video that you made didn't even acknowledge your presence there, Sophie. Ditch that dead weight you're working with and come film spiders with me instead. I'll put your name in lights.


You too, Tiger Lily. I'll put you in a movie.
 
2012-08-05 11:02:29 PM
Always be the second cricket.
 
2012-08-05 11:04:18 PM
Was there a second cricket right behind the one that got caught? Or was that a ghost image of some sort?


Happy Hours: St_Francis_P: Not sure I was as excited as the researchers, but still cool stuff. Om nom nom.

I would be as excited as the researchers if I were paid a salary to watch wildlife. A lot of people pay money to go to zoos.That's not even close to what these guys are doing but think about it - they get paid to do it.

I wish I had a cool job - one that I actually enjoyed doing.


Yeah, cool except for the whole "spending 5 hours staring at a motionless spider" part.
 
2012-08-05 11:22:03 PM

fusillade762: Yeah, cool except for the whole "spending 5 hours staring at a motionless spider" part.


After 15 minutes I'd be like "fark this" and then I'd go grab a cricket and place it on that damn branch, "get in there cricket."
 
2012-08-05 11:36:02 PM

nytmare: fusillade762: Yeah, cool except for the whole "spending 5 hours staring at a motionless spider" part.

After 15 minutes I'd be like "fark this" and then I'd go grab a cricket and place it on that damn branch, "get in there cricket."


Psh I don't even think I'd be around for that, go to a pet store and buy a tub of crickets. Chances are that first one isn't going to trip the wire and then you would need another, and another, etc.
 
2012-08-05 11:53:35 PM

fusillade762: Was there a second cricket right behind the one that got caught? Or was that a ghost image of some sort?


Happy Hours: St_Francis_P: Not sure I was as excited as the researchers, but still cool stuff. Om nom nom.

I would be as excited as the researchers if I were paid a salary to watch wildlife. A lot of people pay money to go to zoos.That's not even close to what these guys are doing but think about it - they get paid to do it.

I wish I had a cool job - one that I actually enjoyed doing.

Yeah, cool except for the whole "spending 5 hours staring at a motionless spider" part.


It was a second cricket. You can see its antennae get pushed down when the spider goes for the first cricket.
 
2012-08-06 12:02:55 AM
I, for one, welcome our new net-casting spider overlords
 
2012-08-06 12:09:13 AM
I can just hear that second cricket on the branch (or whatever it was) laughing its ass off after politely "allowing" the now dinner cricket to go first...
 
2012-08-06 12:10:24 AM
Headline: Net-casting spider catches cricket on super slow-mo video for the first time

Article: The video reveals the rarely-seen, split-second technique of the species as it snatches an unsuspecting cricket

/seen it
 
2012-08-06 12:59:28 AM

Iczer: I can just hear that second cricket on the branch (or whatever it was) laughing its ass off after politely "allowing" the now dinner cricket to go first...

i48.tinypic.com
                   "That's why I never walk in front."

/There's one for every occasion.
//Text was cropped out for some reason.
 
2012-08-06 09:05:13 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch


Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...
 
2012-08-06 10:57:55 AM

artthehypnotist: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch

Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...


I tend to leave spiders alive when I find them in my house for this reason. I figure they're eating other bugs, so it's all good.
 
2012-08-06 11:48:09 AM

Happy Hours: I would be as excited as the researchers if I were paid a salary to watch wildlife. A lot of people pay money to go to zoos.That's not even close to what these guys are doing but think about it - they get paid to do it.


They don't get paid much. Grant dollars go to research (in this case the plane tickets, equipment, lab materials, poorly paid graduate slaves, etc.), not faculty salaries.
 
2012-08-06 11:49:36 AM

Happy Hours: I would be as excited as the researchers if I were paid a salary to watch wildlife. A lot of people pay money to go to zoos.That's not even close to what these guys are doing but think about it - they get paid to do it.


As one of my advisors put it, "You don't get a doctorate to make lots of money, because you won't. You do it because you love it."
 
2012-08-06 04:03:17 PM

JohnAnnArbor: artthehypnotist: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch

Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...

I tend to leave spiders alive when I find them in my house for this reason. I figure they're eating other bugs, so it's all good.


Daddy-long-legs, windowsill spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders are allowed to live in my home, they do get shooed back into the corners or under the appliances. Black widows are killed on sight.
 
2012-08-06 05:19:58 PM

artthehypnotist: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: As soon as I see the word "spider," I'm outta here.

/heads for the hills
//spider-free hills, natch

Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...


Spiders are extremely good at what they do, and they do it for free. They're easily the best pest control staff you could have, given their efficiency and the fact that they leave no toxins behind. I consider them a vital asset in any building.
 
2012-08-06 06:34:15 PM

traylor: Sorry to bring the bad news for you, but there's no such thing as a spider-free hill.


I'M NOT LISTENING


artthehypnotist: Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...


I AM *SO* NOT LISTENING RIGHT NOW
 
2012-08-06 08:03:02 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: traylor: Sorry to bring the bad news for you, but there's no such thing as a spider-free hill.

I'M NOT LISTENING


artthehypnotist: Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...

I AM *SO* NOT LISTENING RIGHT NOW


You do not have to listen... Just Look!
 
2012-08-06 10:32:12 PM

artthehypnotist: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: traylor: Sorry to bring the bad news for you, but there's no such thing as a spider-free hill.

I'M NOT LISTENING


artthehypnotist: Just an FYI...

Very few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are. According to a study of spiders initiated in England and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of which are very small. But, here's the interesting part: If you average out the actual weight of the "bug juice" consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you come up with an astonishing figure. Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of bug food PER DAY!! If we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!! Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week! All those bugs wouldn't get eaten! Link

Sleep Tight!

/Yes, a Bastard I am...

I AM *SO* NOT LISTENING RIGHT NOW

You do not have to listen... Just Look!


I will not click the link...I will not click the link...I will not...OH HOLY MOTHER OF CRAP.
 
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