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(Detroit Free Press)   The University of Michigan wants all students to know they are sorry the library was closed due to spiders and it won't happen again   (freep.com) divider line
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2021-02-24 3:58:28 PM  
Did they tuffet out?
 
2021-02-24 4:52:57 PM  
Was it a big spider?
 
2021-02-24 6:08:45 PM  
As a former academic library employee, who frequently went to the basement storage area, I wholeheartedly disagree.

Close the place and clear those bastards out.

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2021-02-24 6:14:33 PM  
The University of Michigan wants all students to know the library is closed forever.
 
2021-02-24 6:14:42 PM  
As someone who got bit by a venomous spider in Dec (Black Widow), make sure you get em all.
 
2021-02-24 6:14:44 PM  
That's what all the books are FOR.

Smooshing spiders.
 
2021-02-24 6:19:12 PM  
9781879085695
 
2021-02-24 6:20:12 PM  
TL, DR:
Workers, such as plumbers are on their own. As long as the students weren't in immediate danger, nobody else mattered.
 
2021-02-24 6:21:40 PM  
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2021-02-24 6:22:18 PM  
I think it was a smart choice. They found three. God knows how many more were hiding out. And those are a nasty bite.
 
2021-02-24 6:23:43 PM  
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2021-02-24 6:24:50 PM  
O'BRIEN: I know how you feel about this, sir.
BARCLAY: You're afraid of transporting, too?
O'BRIEN: No. Arachnids. Sickening, crawly little things, don't you think? All those legs.
BARCLAY: Spiders? They've never bothered me.
O'BRIEN: A few years back, I was called in to re-route an emitter array at a Starbase on Zayra Four. Turns out the entire system was infested with Talarian hook spiders. You ever seen a Talarian hook spider? Their legs are half a metre long. Well, I had a choice. Do I walk away and let the emitter blow itself to hell, or do I crawl in the Jeffries tube with twenty hook spiders?
BARCLAY: What happened?
O'BRIEN: It was the hardest thing I ever did, but I got through it. After that, I was never quite as afraid of spiders.
 
2021-02-24 6:26:08 PM  
Did PZ leave the lids from his specimen tanks off?
 
2021-02-24 6:28:35 PM  
Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.
 
2021-02-24 6:30:29 PM  

Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.


They are bad. If it is an option, have somebody shoot you instead.
 
2021-02-24 6:30:32 PM  
Sources later clarified that the closure was simply related to the library's latest web development work...
 
2021-02-24 6:31:11 PM  

Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.


Don't worry. Unless a plumber went in there, it was totes cool. Plumbers cost less than students, so there's that:

"You're really unlikely to be in any kind of danger unless you have to be in close contact," she said. "But if you're the plumber crawling through a crawl space that has a lot of these spiders, then you could be bit, and that would be concerning.
"But just walking around the library stacks - it's a very, very low risk."
 
2021-02-24 6:31:39 PM  

Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.


That search is up there with "necrotizing fasciitis" and "iranian angelina jolie" in the wince-worthy GIS results department....
 
2021-02-24 6:32:42 PM  
Not your typical garden variety house spider, but brown recluse spiders, subs. Big difference if you get bit by one.

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2021-02-24 6:39:10 PM  

AlgaeRancher: Was it a big spider?


Do you mean,

"Was it a big spider that led to the library closure?"

or

"Was it a big spider that made UofM apologize for the library closure!"
 
2021-02-24 6:40:00 PM  
Damn
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2021-02-24 6:51:37 PM  

Somaticasual: Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.

That search is up there with "necrotizing fasciitis" and "iranian angelina jolie" in the wince-worthy GIS results department....


Blue waffles

And I really would not
 
2021-02-24 6:52:20 PM  

Cornelis de Gyselaer: Somaticasual: Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.

That search is up there with "necrotizing fasciitis" and "iranian angelina jolie" in the wince-worthy GIS results department....

Blue waffles

And I really would not


NSFW
Should be a clue
 
2021-02-24 6:54:06 PM  
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2021-02-24 6:56:35 PM  

Cornelis de Gyselaer: Somaticasual: Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.

That search is up there with "necrotizing fasciitis" and "iranian angelina jolie" in the wince-worthy GIS results department....

Blue waffles

And I really would not


"Lemon Party? Must be some kind of fruit PAC...."
 
2021-02-24 7:00:48 PM  
Most, but not all people that get bit by the spider with the fiddle on its back, get bit
because the spider hides in shoes, socks, pants, shirts etc.  When the put on their
clothes, if the spider is there, they get bit.  I really doubt anyone would get bit
visiting a spider, unless they are in the habit of changing clothes that have been stored
a while in a closet in a library.  But, in our snowflake world, plus lawyers, they shut it
down.
 
2021-02-24 7:06:51 PM  
the proper way to deal with spiders...
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2021-02-24 7:07:49 PM  
It would have been wiser to close the state of Michigan entirely.  It's not just the spiders, it's the radical nutjobs.
 
2021-02-24 7:13:59 PM  
U of M blows.
 
2021-02-24 7:15:50 PM  

Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.


My dad was bitten by one, orbso he thought.   Thigh swelled to twice normal size.  He was lucky he lived so close to the hospital.  Of course he doesn't tell me until its weeks later.
 
2021-02-24 7:19:41 PM  
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2021-02-24 7:23:50 PM  
"An expert in spiders at the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus identified the spiders as being  of the Mediterranean variety and not brown recluses, Broekhuizen said. It is suspected the spiders came in through tunnels."

These are some long tunnels
 
2021-02-24 7:24:03 PM  

Mikey1969: TL, DR:
Workers, such as plumbers are on their own. As long as the students weren't in immediate danger, nobody else mattered.


Having read the entire article, you're completely full of shiat.
 
2021-02-24 7:29:36 PM  

meanmutton: Mikey1969: TL, DR:
Workers, such as plumbers are on their own. As long as the students weren't in immediate danger, nobody else mattered.

Having read the entire article, you're completely full of shiat.


Probably not the best time to tell people to imagine the size of the spiders that could create a worldwide network of dark, web-laced spider tunnels underneath all of our feet.  Hell, those tunnels probably connect to all of our sewer and water supplies, so they could just crawl out of any drain at any time.
 
2021-02-24 7:35:42 PM  
What the duck. No  Clocky? Fark. I am dissapoint
 
2021-02-24 7:37:09 PM  
I didn't know the University of Michigan was an all-women school. Were there men brought in to kill the spiders?
 
2021-02-24 7:50:13 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.

They are bad. If it is an option, have somebody shoot you instead.


Actually, a stun gun directly on the bite tends to neutralize the venom. Same trick works with a distributor cap, but of course hurts like a biatch. Still better than gangrene.
 
2021-02-24 7:51:24 PM  
Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.
 
2021-02-24 7:55:45 PM  

0z79: a stun gun directly on the bite tends to neutralize the venom


looks like not any longer

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11434​4​86/
 
2021-02-24 7:56:08 PM  

p51d007: Most, but not all people that get bit by the spider with the fiddle on its back, get bit
because the spider hides in shoes, socks, pants, shirts etc.  When the put on their
clothes, if the spider is there, they get bit.  I really doubt anyone would get bit
visiting a spider, unless they are in the habit of changing clothes that have been stored
a while in a closet in a library.  But, in our snowflake world, plus lawyers, they shut it
down.


So when I'm having sex in the library I should leave my clothes on?
 
2021-02-24 8:01:18 PM  
If it was a giant spider invasion, it might be an omen that the Packers will win the next Super Bowl.

/I don't know what omen would foretell a Detroit SB victory.
//Sun going supernova, maybe?
 
2021-02-24 8:01:39 PM  

big pig peaches: Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.


The worst is when you feel the hairs move on your leg when you're lying in bed.  You think it's just the blankets or maybe static electricity, but nope, it's hundreds of spiders in your bed.
 
2021-02-24 8:01:59 PM  

Prof. Frink: p51d007: Most, but not all people that get bit by the spider with the fiddle on its back, get bit
because the spider hides in shoes, socks, pants, shirts etc.  When the put on their
clothes, if the spider is there, they get bit.  I really doubt anyone would get bit
visiting a spider, unless they are in the habit of changing clothes that have been stored
a while in a closet in a library.  But, in our snowflake world, plus lawyers, they shut it
down.

So when I'm having sex in the library I should leave my clothes on?


Just as a precaution, always leave your close on.
 
2021-02-24 8:03:01 PM  
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2021-02-24 8:04:35 PM  

0z79: KarmicDisaster: Walker: Don't Google "Brown recluse spider bites" unless you've already had dinner. On second thought, don't do it even if you've already had dinner.

They are bad. If it is an option, have somebody shoot you instead.

Actually, a stun gun directly on the bite tends to neutralize the venom. Same trick works with a distributor cap, but of course hurts like a biatch. Still better than gangrene.


Really? Well, OK.
 
2021-02-24 8:05:57 PM  

born_yesterday: big pig peaches: Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.

The worst is when you feel the hairs move on your leg when you're lying in bed.  You think it's just the blankets or maybe static electricity, but nope, it's hundreds of spiders in your bed.


Or bed bugs.
 
2021-02-24 8:07:39 PM  

basicstock: born_yesterday: big pig peaches: Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.

The worst is when you feel the hairs move on your leg when you're lying in bed.  You think it's just the blankets or maybe static electricity, but nope, it's hundreds of spiders in your bed.

Or bed bugs.


LOL. My apartment years ago got bedbugs from a neighboring tenant.  After getting rid of them, it took MONTHS for the feeling of a moving hair not make me freak the f*ck out.
 
2021-02-24 8:09:36 PM  

born_yesterday: basicstock: born_yesterday: big pig peaches: Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.

The worst is when you feel the hairs move on your leg when you're lying in bed.  You think it's just the blankets or maybe static electricity, but nope, it's hundreds of spiders in your bed.

Or bed bugs.

LOL. My apartment years ago got bedbugs from a neighboring tenant.  After getting rid of them, it took MONTHS for the feeling of a moving hair not make me freak the f*ck out.


I've been in that situation.  It takes a long time to get over it.
 
2021-02-24 8:11:46 PM  
So I was fifteen years old and just relaxing as I'm reading the Columbus Dispatch while doing my business on the porcelain queen. Silently (as if it would have the courtesy to announce itself), a spider dangled down between me and the paper.

I let loose with an involuntary unmanly scream as I ninja sidestepped off the toilet. Right there, right farking there, in between my face and the paper. I don't believe it got to land on the paper successfully before I was out of there.

Now I know what you're thinking which is that this epitome of manliness would never run from a spider. You're wrong, at least you were wrong about me at that point in my life. I have no shame in saying that I was once terrified of spiders. I was, I just was.

I ran into the next room which was where my dad and little brother were as I covered my front and my back with the paper. Thankfully I was reading the paper and not a book. Rumors of high-pitched wailing are unfortunately quite true. I must have had my pants and boxers down around my ankles which now that I consider it, it is something of a minor miracle that I didn't eat linoleum in the bathroom or carpet in the next room.

Am I still scared of spiders and other bugs? No, but had I not been forced to accept being uncomfortable it is quite likely that status would remain unchanged.

/56-27
//3,378
///1948
 
2021-02-24 8:14:54 PM  

big pig peaches: Brown recluse spiders aren't that aggressive. There's probably one in your hair right now and you just don't know it.


I'm bald and I still hate you now.
 
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