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(The Sun)   Exotic animal owner killed by pet black widow, rest of animals rush in to feed on corpse. Creepshow 3 ensues   ( divider line
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2004-02-27 08:19:52 AM  
Anyone know WHY most of us normal-type people hate spiders so much?

I think its because they look so alien, that they awake in us some primal fear...insects in general and aracnids in particular. And, very simply, they are "ugly" and humans seem preprogrammed from infancy to like 'pretty' or 'beautiful' things.
2004-02-27 08:23:20 AM  
2004-02-27 08:24:06 AM  
It's not a scientific paper you're reading..

It's not news true, it's The Sun.
2004-02-27 08:24:18 AM  
Well, Jesus Mary and Joseph. Pass the whiskey.

Spiders never bothered me, but snakes always have. F-in hate the shifty little bastards. Although now my spider paranoia is elevated...even if it wasn't a true story, it's a disgusting enough idea, let alone mental picture, to disturb me for quite a while. The beauty of Fark being, when you read it early in the morning before you've had your coffee, you don't pay close enough attention to the headlines, and then, well, you pay for that.

/kicks self repeatedly
2004-02-27 08:26:26 AM  
I think my New Year's resolution was to not look at spider threads. I wish I would have stuck to my guns.
2004-02-27 08:31:28 AM  
1) dude, wtf is wrong with german people.
2) i. hate. spiders.
2004-02-27 08:33:03 AM  
That's some farked up shiat, but he had it coming.
2004-02-27 08:34:29 AM  
Ok, now I know what that thing I can say those big clock/hunter/crab spiders do show up in Texas. The thing scared my terrier who normally nabs anything that crawls inside. It ran along the floor until I walked up to it then stopped. I stared at this thing for a few minutes thinking "You can't be real." It moved toward me and I stepped back still thinking--"NO WAY" Finally the denial wore off and I sprayed huge quanities of RAID on the thing until it died. I know, I know, it was harmless, but it was too big. Something that big should never enter an apartment uninvited and not expect a fight.
2004-02-27 08:35:00 AM  
I was about to image source this pic, but decided to hold off freaking everyone out.
I don't mind spiders as long as they aren't too big and stay outside. I really hate their webs. I'm always waving my walking stick whenever on a hike in the woods.
2004-02-27 08:37:37 AM  
2004-02-27 04:51:01 AM borg

wonder what his last words were

2004-02-27 08:38:39 AM  
I have a bearded dragon, and have had other lizards and turtles in the past (rescued some of them), and I make sure they are secured, for their own safety. I give him the best environment possible, with natural sand, wood, rocks, plants, the best fresh foods, a variety of insects, the best proper lighting, etc. He's more like a small scaly kid than a pet.

I can only assume the dead guy kept the animals in less-than-ideal conditions, and from the sounds of it most of them shouldn't have been there anyways.

One more point; how did the investigators know the names of the pets? Are they going to prosecute Bettina the black widow for the murder?
2004-02-27 08:39:08 AM  
Anyone remember this one?

She said, "I don't like spiders and snakes
And that ain't what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don't like spiders and snakes
And that ain't what it takes to love me
Like I want to be loved by you"

Personally, much as I detest spiders, I do quite like snakes...
2004-02-27 08:39:44 AM  
Got bit by a black widow just last week on my left leg. Hurt a lot then, itches a lot now, but not fatal.

No I don't keep them, the thing was in my pants. Yeah, it could have been much, much worse.

The black widow was in my closet due to recent rains and the fact my apartment has more holes in it than swiss cheese. The bugs come in during the wet season. Cat loves them. I actually like spiders but not for pets, they do their job, make their webs, leave me alone and catch flying bugs, good roomates -- except the black widow beetches that like my pants. Why is that indicative of my love life? She gets in my pants and then poisons me. Arachnometaphore?
2004-02-27 08:41:05 AM  
Now I can't get the song "Cicle of Life" out of my head.
2004-02-27 08:44:01 AM  
Darn it! People beat me to the Alice Cooper reference, twice in the past two days!

/never intends on leaving her computer ever again... ok maybe not.
2004-02-27 08:45:37 AM  
I have a reoccuring dream where I'm forced to watch a video of myself sleeping while a spider crawls all over my face.

I mean, think about it. At more than one point in your life, a spider has probably crawled all over you while you have your head nuzzled in your pillow.

Doesn't it freak you out thinking about having to watch it?
2004-02-27 08:49:56 AM  
"He had SPIDERS so aggressive they are the equivalent of a pit-bull in the animal world."

Since when aren't dogs animals? Wouldn't pitbulls be the pitbulls of the animal world?

huh? aggressive spider, the equivelent in the insect world that a pit bull is in the animal world...presumably
2004-02-27 08:51:23 AM  
Mommy, make it go away.

/curls up in a fetal position
2004-02-27 08:56:40 AM  
Ugh, I think I may see my breakfast again. I'm going to be feeling like there's something crawling on me all day.
2004-02-27 08:56:59 AM  
Machtyn---Thank you for not posting that here.

/prefers the CHOICE of clicking to get the heebie-jeebies
2004-02-27 08:58:27 AM  
Ok, that camel spider thing terrified me. That terrified me more then the horse video. Spiders are icky. I saw a huge (size of a small plate) grey fuzzy spider where I worked. I almost decorated my shorts. I think he knew the horror he inflicted on me, he'd show up every once in awhile to terrify me.

/resumes her fetal position, glad that her cat taunts and kills spiders.
2004-02-27 08:59:40 AM  
I was going to say "She said: He had spiders so aggressive they are the equivalent of a pit-bull in the animal world. DUMBEST QUOTE EVER!

Oh and Rogue_Spidor - there are a lot of meat eating lizards that people can keep in their homes. I know several people with savanah monitor lizards here in Pittsburgh...
2004-02-27 09:00:36 AM  
It's a relief to find so many other adult spider-a-phobes in here. As a kid I used to love spiders. I used to collect them in glass jars and then dip my hand in and let them run around on my forearm.

Something changed though. As an adult I can't stand the evil little bastards. I didn't have a bad experience though. Never kill them however and won't let anyone else either.
2004-02-27 09:02:39 AM  
Interesting to note that the only three news services (as checked by Google News) to carry this so far are all British tabloids...
2004-02-27 09:03:03 AM  
They have cane spiders in Hawaii. They're huge, crab-like creatures. Had one on the ceiling after a recent cane cat sat on the floor looking up at it, and sounded like she was having an orgasm. She wanted it baaaaad. I think it would have had her instead.
2004-02-27 09:05:17 AM  
Spiders didn't really bother me until I woke up one night with one crawling across my face. Granted, it was only a garden spider, but it was about four inches across. They kind of creep me out now.
2004-02-27 09:07:54 AM  
I'm glad we don't have anything poisonous in this country. Teehee. :)
2004-02-27 09:07:57 AM  
Granite Eurypterid

Neither of the spiders mentioned in the article (tarantulas, black widows) is aggressive like that.
2004-02-27 09:10:42 AM  
I once woke up to see a hubcap full of huge crushed spiders on my bed next to my face. I nearly screamed and jumped out of bed and switched the lights on. Of course there was nothing there. I calmed down after I realised I couldn't have seen anything next to my head as it was pitch black in my room before I flipped the lights. I must have still been dreaming as I woke up. Freaked me out though.
2004-02-27 09:12:36 AM  
I suggest this article and thread, with lovely pics, for dieters...but NOT for boozers: I'm gonna start drinking.
2004-02-27 09:15:04 AM  
You think that itch in your ear is natural?
2004-02-27 09:16:26 AM  

I can attest to the scariness of sopulgids, I've seen a few since I moved to Arizona. Sometimes they're called Wind Scorpions because they are supposed to run really fast, but I haven't seen one that I couldn't catch (and smash) yet... Here's a pic of one:

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2004-02-27 09:16:36 AM  
Many years ago, when I was nursing a new baby, I needed to drink lots of liquids. I would keep a glass of water with a straw in it, by my bed at night and take a drink when I needed it. One night, I took a drink and noticed that there was something other than water in my mouth. I spit it into the glass, turned on the light and found a nice banana spider in the glass. I don't know if that's the proper name for it, but that's what we call it around my house. That was the end of drinking in the dark for me.

I have teenage sons who won't go near spiders. My 13 year old daughter is the one I go to when I find a spider in the house. She just gets a tissue and picks them up and puts them outside. Been doing it for years. No fear.
2004-02-27 09:19:45 AM  

You actual pictures please...eeeeee.
Ok, maybe I need to stop my morbid fascination with looking at this thread despite being terified.

Humans are strange indeed.
2004-02-27 09:20:04 AM  
I, for one, welcome our poisonous, insectoid, German-eating overlords.

2004-02-27 09:21:05 AM  
Almost totally off the subject, but did anyone notice that the picture of the fireman carrying the plexiglass tank in the article? The dude is a dead ringer for Jeff Tweedy from the band Wilco.

/alt-country geek
2004-02-27 09:27:16 AM  

The spiders aren't that huge, the roaches don't bother anyone, alligators are cool, and you only have to worry about hurricanes that are Category 4 and 5. I was in a house right near the beach during a 3 and I was fine.

I don't understand how people can live in South America. Now THEMS some big spiders!
2004-02-27 09:29:35 AM  
Most spiders provide a wonderful service... They kill all the other bugs. I had to get a new washing machine and when I moved the old one I saw 3 webs behind it with captured water bugs and crickets. I left it alone. Keep up the good work fellas!

My girlfriend has a bat house in her backyards. They don't bother me either. She'll tell you that the only thing I am afraid of is commitment.

*Curls up in ball and rocks back and forth*
2004-02-27 09:31:48 AM  
black widows can and have killed. I just want to know since he had many different spiders and insects, how could they pin it on the widow ?
2004-02-27 09:32:20 AM  
'Can't sleep, clown'll eat me.... can't sleep, clown'll eat me...'
2004-02-27 09:33:20 AM  
I wonder if he had a Brown Recluse somewhere and it just hid from investigators.
2004-02-27 09:34:15 AM  
Jay-Tea: I had a moth fly into my ear once. It was a horrible experience. I could feel the farker fluttering around in my ear all the way to the ER. They drowned it with lidocaine and tried to suck it out. They ended up irrigating my ear with a huge turkey baster looking thing. The force the doc used to flush the sucker was so great, I had water coming out of my eye! I slept with a blanket over my head for 6 months. If I see a moth, I break out in a cold sweat.
2004-02-27 09:35:12 AM  
"Well, technically crabs are decapods. ;)"

I had heard that shrimp were in the same family as cockroaches. Whether its true or not, I still tell everyone during dinner at seafood restaurants that they are eating cockroaches of the sea.
2004-02-27 09:35:22 AM  

I've heard a lot of scary stuff about them, like the time a guy from work was in Libya and found one in his shoe. Apparently people have died just from the shock of being bitten by one.
2004-02-27 09:35:30 AM  
What that should've said:

"Can't sleep, clown spider'll eat me...

[image from too old to be available]

... can't sleep, clown spider'll eat me..."
2004-02-27 09:36:21 AM  
Did he have any whitetail spiders? I saw some of those when I visited Australia. Dangerous little f'ers. They don't inject poison -- they inject flesh-eating bacteria. People seldom die from the bite, but they nearly always lose a limb. The thought freaks me out.
2004-02-27 09:36:23 AM  
Holy shiate..those things are nasty. I used to have to fend them off of me while doing cable installs. I believe they are called "camel crickets"
2004-02-27 09:36:56 AM  
Thanks for reminding me:

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2004-02-27 09:37:34 AM  
Beep beep, LaughingGremlin :)
2004-02-27 09:39:01 AM  
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People please!
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