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(Daily Star)   You know the only thing more terrifying than having a giant huntsman spider jump out of your luggage when you return from a trip to Africa? Having a giant pregnant huntsman spider jump out of your luggage (pics, but farkfarkfark giant spider)   (dailystar.co.uk) divider line 159
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2014-03-17 01:50:51 PM  

parasol: lostcat: I performed an experiment on my daughter.

When she was 5-months old, I got her a set of insect toys for infants. All cute and soft, and made fun noises and/or rattled when you played with them. I made a point of handing her the spider to play with.

One of the first songs she learned was "Itsy-Bitsy Spider," and she still likes to sing it.

Any time we saw a spider, I would look very happy and say, "Look! Itsy-Bitsy Spinder." and then talk to it as if it were very friendly, and tell her how the spider helped us by keeping ants, flies and mosquitos out of the house.

All of that positive reinforcement did nothing. She still developed a typical dislike of spiders as she turned 3.

The theory of genetic memory suggests that people who had a genetic predisposition to be freaked out by arachnids (if such a genetic predisposition could exist) would survive longer and pass their genes on more frequently.

According to that theory, people who don't have a fear of spiders are genetic mutants. What a crappy mutant power to have. "Oh, um...I'm not freaked out by spiders."

Hah!
My mutant power - that manifests itself as comfort around arachnids - helped me procreate by impressing the hell out of the sire of my children!

Two genetically normal people would be too busy clutching the sheets and peering around a brightly lit environment, scanning for "omg! spider" to reproduce

neener, neener


There's a difference between comfort around spiders and being able to smash them. I don't like spiders. I think they are creepy, and I had 2 rats as pets growing up. Even though I don't like spiders, I dislike them in my apartment even more. They are indiscriminately smashed and flushed, along with the house centipedes that were *everywhere* at my old apartment.
 
2014-03-17 01:53:45 PM  
400 babies? That's a whole lot of episodes of Maury.


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-17 01:55:09 PM  

jst3p: 400 babies? That's a whole lot of episodes of Maury.


[img.fark.net image 258x196]


cdn.madamenoire.com
 
2014-03-17 02:02:17 PM  

redmid17: parasol: lostcat:

The theory of genetic memory suggests that people who had a genetic predisposition to be freaked out by arachnids (if such a genetic predisposition could exist) would survive longer and pass their genes on more frequently.

According to that theory, people who don't have a fear of spiders are genetic mutants. What a crappy mutant power to have. "Oh, um...I'm not freaked out by spiders."

Hah!
My mutant power - that manifests itself as comfort around arachnids - helped me procreate by impressing the hell out of the sire of my children!

Two genetically normal people would be too busy clutching the sheets and peering around a brightly lit environment, scanning for "omg! spider" to reproduce

neener, neener

There's a difference between comfort around spiders and being able to smash them. I don't like spiders. I think they are creepy, and I had 2 rats as pets growing up. Even though I don't like spiders, I dislike them in my apartment even more. They are indiscriminately smashed and flushed, along with the house centipedes that were *everywhere* at my old apartment.


I'm creeped out by spiders. I do not like any spiders to be near me, and would flip out if anything bigger than a baby spider was crawling on my skin.

That said, I do not kill spiders I find in my home. I make a point of getting them out of the house, if they are in an area that people frequent, or leaving them alone if they are someplace where they aren't bothering anyone. Of course, the worst we get around here are wolf spiders, so I don't have to deal with anything dangerous or grotesquely large.

House centipedes...Death to them!

I've only encountered one scorpion in the wild, and that was enough to last a lifetime.

Oddly, even though I've been stung/bitten by fire ants (in New Orleans), I don't freak out if an ant is crawling on my skin. I'll remove it, but it doesn't cause my brain to blow a gasket the way a spider would.
 
2014-03-17 02:02:32 PM  
Don't have a phobia of spiders. While hiking around Hillsborough River S.P. I came face to face with what appeared to be an alien face hugger. Didn't squeal like a little girl but, pretty sure I peed a little.
 
2014-03-17 02:03:28 PM  
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2014-03-17 02:04:30 PM  
I love spiders, but in my home my actions towards spiders are governed by The Arachnid Accords of 2007.

1.  You are not welcome in my home.  If I find you I will capture you and escort you outside.
1a.  Exception:  If I find you in the bathroom I reserve the right to kill you.*
1b.  During winter you will be relocated to the basement.**
2.  Do not move towards me in a manner that is threatening or that may surprise me.  My reflexes may kick in and you will die.
(Example: dropping down from the ceiling right in front of me, coming up over the edge of the table when I am eating).
3.  No egg sacs.  No babies.  Both will be destroyed.
4.  My cats have refused to sign the accords.  If you see a cat you are on your own.

Treaty signed January 1, 2007
* Amended March 2008
* Accord update, agreed upon December 2009, effective only so long as outdoor temperatures average below 40-degrees.
 
2014-03-17 02:06:47 PM  

Mock26: I love spiders, but in my home my actions towards spiders are governed by The Arachnid Accords of 2007.

1.  You are not welcome in my home.  If I find you I will capture you and escort you outside.
1a.  Exception:  If I find you in the bathroom I reserve the right to kill you.*
1b.  During winter you will be relocated to the basement.**
2.  Do not move towards me in a manner that is threatening or that may surprise me.  My reflexes may kick in and you will die.
(Example: dropping down from the ceiling right in front of me, coming up over the edge of the table when I am eating).
3.  No egg sacs.  No babies.  Both will be destroyed.
4.  My cats have refused to sign the accords.  If you see a cat you are on your own.

Treaty signed January 1, 2007
* Amended March 2008
* Accord update, agreed upon December 2009, effective only so long as outdoor temperatures average below 40-degrees.


Addenda:
I. If you're larger than my hand, these Accords are null and void.
II. If you're larger than my face, the situation is referred to Mr. Shovel.
 
2014-03-17 02:09:26 PM  
The human fear of spiders is instinctive, its a pretty remarkable piece of evolution. We are born fearing that group of animals because of their possibly deadly venom. Same reason many humans are afraid of snakes.
 
2014-03-17 02:11:02 PM  
You know what are really scary?

Spider Clowns.
 
2014-03-17 02:12:18 PM  

Sajuuk Khar: The human fear of spiders is instinctive, its a pretty remarkable piece of evolution. We are born fearing that group of animals because of their possibly deadly venom. Same reason many humans are afraid of snakes.


Giant, hairy spiders give me the willies.  Even though I rationally know they're harmless and aren't going to attack me, the part of my brain that's still on the African savannah refuses to listen.

The little jumping spiders posted in this thread are kinda adorable, though.
 
2014-03-17 02:12:50 PM  
Cool Arachnid Story Time:  One year when I was working at a Boy Scout summer camp near Warren, PA, I was sitting at a picnic table when I noticed a really tiny spider crawling on one of my arm hairs.  He was so tiny that the hair did not even bend under his weight.  When he got to the end of the hair, he attached a line, and dropped down to another hair, and then started to walk from hair to hair until he found himself again at the top of one that was sticking up.  And once there he again rigged a safety line and descended down.  Sadly at that point some scouts showed up in my area and I had to (gently) remove the spider from my arm to a nearby bush.
 
2014-03-17 02:20:33 PM  

Bondith: Giant, hairy spiders give me the willies. Even though I rationally know they're harmless and aren't going to attack me, the part of my brain that's still on the African savannah refuses to listen.


Yes.
 
2014-03-17 02:24:15 PM  

R.O.U.S: Powerth


Came to say this.
 
2014-03-17 02:25:54 PM  

Nytfall: R.O.U.S: Powerth

Came to say this.


Quote fail.  My bad.  Buy Powerthirst anyway
 
2014-03-17 02:26:59 PM  

pxlboy: Bondith: Giant, hairy spiders give me the willies. Even though I rationally know they're harmless and aren't going to attack me, the part of my brain that's still on the African savannah refuses to listen.

Yes.


That's exactly it. I try very hard to leave them alone (I know they eat things I don't like and are therefore useful) but I can't help being creeped right out. So while I can shower with them waaaaay up in the corner (not comfortably, being nekkid like I am in the shower. I can't not watch them the entire time) if they come at me (move in my general direction) they're going down the drain. I don't want to do this, but it needs to happen if I'm ever getting the shampoo out of my hair.
 
2014-03-17 02:34:45 PM  

Mock26: Cool Arachnid Story Time:  One year when I was working at a Boy Scout summer camp near Warren, PA, I was sitting at a picnic table when I noticed a really tiny spider crawling on one of my arm hairs.  He was so tiny that the hair did not even bend under his weight.  When he got to the end of the hair, he attached a line, and dropped down to another hair, and then started to walk from hair to hair until he found himself again at the top of one that was sticking up.  And once there he again rigged a safety line and descended down.  Sadly at that point some scouts showed up in my area and I had to (gently) remove the spider from my arm to a nearby bush.


Cool!
 
2014-03-17 02:35:34 PM  

mbillips: johnny_vegas: mbillips: If you're actually phobic, recognize that this is YOUR failing, and don't indulge it.

Phobias, how do they work?

The appropriate response to fear is courage, not squealing and running like a little girl.


Why?  Why do you think it "inappropriate" to express one's feelings?  Why is it better to pretend to not feel fear, and essentially lie?  Are emotions so terrible?
 
2014-03-17 02:37:42 PM  

real_headhoncho: You know what are really scary?

Spider Clowns.


th08.deviantart.net

You asked for it.
 
2014-03-17 02:39:07 PM  

Sajuuk Khar: The human fear of spiders is instinctive, its a pretty remarkable piece of evolution. We are born fearing that group of animals because of their possibly deadly venom. Same reason many humans are afraid of snakes.


Snakes dont really bother me, infact I have been known to make a buck off of catching and selling venomous snakes to people dumb enough to want them. And I get like screaming like a girl jumping up on a chair afraid of spiders.
 
2014-03-17 02:39:49 PM  

ciberido: real_headhoncho: You know what are really scary?

Spider Clowns.



You asked for it.


I now know what hell looks like.
 
2014-03-17 02:50:38 PM  
Fortunately no humongous spiders come in my place.  My cats, however, love spiders and will even make a certain noise if they see one.  After I check it out to make sure it's not poisonous, the spider version of the Running Man begins.  I don't know if any have ever made it out alive, but if they have then God bless 'em.
 
2014-03-17 02:50:53 PM  
Immigration really needs to do something about this. Clearly she's trying to raise anchor babies.
 
2014-03-17 02:52:00 PM  
i.imgur.com

No mention at all that Huntsmen spiders are literally... LITERALLY... harmless to humans, scared of us, and keep other insects away from us?

No?

Okay.

So we will hunt them.
Because they can take it.
 
2014-03-17 02:56:42 PM  

jst3p: jst3p: 400 babies? That's a whole lot of episodes of Maury.


[img.fark.net image 258x196]

[cdn.madamenoire.com image 425x323]


The baby on the screen in the background is the best part.
 
2014-03-17 03:42:25 PM  
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/needs more love
 
2014-03-17 03:47:31 PM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: ciberido: Katolu: Sorry, arachnophiles, but I'm using a can of WD40 and a lighter. And maybe a BFG9000.

[static.fjcdn.com image 460x358]

How can you want to hurt something so adorable?

That depends. Are we inside my house or outside? Outside, I let them be. That's their territory. Inside, they get a taste of my fearsome kung shoe skills.


I call that Spider Law. If all the spiders I have found in my house were like "song of my people" spider, I'm ok with that. I like music.

But if I saw a huntsman in the corner of my bedroom, all bets are off. Lighter and Aquanet hairspray all the way.

I give outdoor spiders lots of leeway.

/nope.gif
 
2014-03-17 03:56:09 PM  

Mock26: I love spiders, but in my home my actions towards spiders are governed by The Arachnid Accords of 2007.

1.  You are not welcome in my home.  If I find you I will capture you and escort you outside.
1a.  Exception:  If I find you in the bathroom I reserve the right to kill you.*
1b.  During winter you will be relocated to the basement.**
2.  Do not move towards me in a manner that is threatening or that may surprise me.  My reflexes may kick in and you will die.
(Example: dropping down from the ceiling right in front of me, coming up over the edge of the table when I am eating).
3.  No egg sacs.  No babies.  Both will be destroyed.
4.  My cats have refused to sign the accords.  If you see a cat you are on your own.

Treaty signed January 1, 2007
* Amended March 2008
* Accord update, agreed upon December 2009, effective only so long as outdoor temperatures average below 40-degrees.


I am going to amend this for my own purposes. Tyvm.

/how did clowns get into this thread??
//clowns are disturbing
 
2014-03-17 04:02:23 PM  

sovietski: Mock26: I love spiders, but in my home my actions towards spiders are governed by The Arachnid Accords of 2007.

1.  You are not welcome in my home.  If I find you I will capture you and escort you outside.
1a.  Exception:  If I find you in the bathroom I reserve the right to kill you.*
1b.  During winter you will be relocated to the basement.**
2.  Do not move towards me in a manner that is threatening or that may surprise me.  My reflexes may kick in and you will die.
(Example: dropping down from the ceiling right in front of me, coming up over the edge of the table when I am eating).
3.  No egg sacs.  No babies.  Both will be destroyed.
4.  My cats have refused to sign the accords.  If you see a cat you are on your own.

Treaty signed January 1, 2007
* Amended March 2008
* Accord update, agreed upon December 2009, effective only so long as outdoor temperatures average below 40-degrees.

I am going to amend this for my own purposes. Tyvm.

/how did clowns get into this thread??
//clowns are disturbing


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Sweet dreams.
 
2014-03-17 04:06:28 PM  

real_headhoncho: You know what are really scary?

Spider Clowns.


You're in luck! They actually exist.

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2014-03-17 04:10:58 PM  
Don't kill spiders. They eat bugs.

I generally leave spiders alone. Unless I find them in my bedroom (which i almost never do), in which case i escort them outside (if it's not too cold out).
 
2014-03-17 04:20:40 PM  
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2014-03-17 04:23:27 PM  
What's all this about farkfarkfark, then?
 
2014-03-17 04:25:07 PM  
What's up, Chief?

i1.ytimg.com

http://youtu.be/EIMHEZOiOMo

/120 posts and I'm the first to make the reference?
//Cripes, you guys are slipping.
 
2014-03-17 04:30:14 PM  
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2014-03-17 04:32:00 PM  
 
2014-03-17 04:44:39 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-17 04:51:43 PM  

weltallica: No mention at all that Huntsmen spiders are literally... LITERALLY... harmless to humans,


They have fangs, right?  And are venomous?

I'm thinking fangs + venom + biting could be a little ... disconcerting
 
2014-03-17 04:53:03 PM  
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/HEY GUIES WUTS GOING ON IN DIS THREAD?!?
 
2014-03-17 05:00:30 PM  
There is nothing in the pictures to indicate scale so... big?  Yeah when you zoom in macro 1000x
 
2014-03-17 05:19:58 PM  
They named the spider Hermione.

WTF, they went with a Harry Potter name and it's not Aragog?
 
2014-03-17 05:34:09 PM  

Raptavio: They named the spider Hermione.

WTF, they went with a Harry Potter name and it's not Aragog?


It's a girl, so Shelob.
 
2014-03-17 05:48:08 PM  

Two16: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 658x438]


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2014-03-17 05:49:40 PM  

namegoeshere: Raptavio: They named the spider Hermione.

WTF, they went with a Harry Potter name and it's not Aragog?

It's a girl, so Shelob.


The name "Ungoliant" would also work, as she was Shelob's great-(xN)-grandmother
 
2014-03-17 06:06:58 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-17 06:46:58 PM  
Once the eggs are laid, the spider is no longer pregnant.  She's just carrying around a sack of babies.
 
2014-03-17 07:17:04 PM  

ReverendJasen: Once the eggs are laid, the spider is no longer pregnant.  She's just carrying around a sack of babies.


Oh, okay. That's much better, thanks.

*shudder*
 
2014-03-17 07:28:06 PM  
Want to have some fun?  Go outside at night when it's dry (no dew/water on the grass), and take a flashlight, hold it at eye level, and look around your yard.  You'll likely see dozens of beautiful tiny sparkles of light.  I'll bet you can guess what the sparkles are.

Sleep tight folks.
 
2014-03-17 07:37:04 PM  
cgremlin:   I'll bet you can guess what the sparkles are.

god crying?
 
2014-03-17 08:30:07 PM  

minnkat: [i.imgur.com image 607x325]



Awwwwwww.
 
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