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Spiders here, spiders there, spiders just about everywhere

Discussion in 'Talk About Anything' started by Karla, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ScottAlan New Member

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    Completely different what I had in my mind!
  2. Helen Member

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    yuck! I think I've seen them eat them on Survivor. :eek:
  3. Karla Administrator

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    Okay, I've lost my appetite too...for about a year... :confused:

    I think we could use a little levity here.

    Now, by posting a video with spiders in it, I fully admit that I'm doing the sort of thing I hate having done to me, and I do apologize. But I laughed so hard at this video that my face hurts, and I cackled so loud that my cat ran over to me and meowed a bunch of times, apparently concerned that I might be experiencing some sort of distress.

  4. CrisGer Member

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    omg more spiders ! yucko :0
  5. Karla Administrator

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    Yeah, but the video is funny! Would you rather see a bowl of squirming lawn beetle larvae in front of someone on Survivor who's holding a spoon?? :confused:

    Believe it or not, I think this thread is desensitizing me just a teeny bit where spiders are concerned. Well, images of spiders, anyway. ;)
  6. Caroline Member

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    Just wait till the kids get home and discover their Dad has used up all their silly string. ROFL
  7. Karla Administrator

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    ...and his wife gets home and sees the condition of the bathroom.

    Since he was in there shaving, I think he should have just shot the spiders with shaving cream.
  8. Caroline Member

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    I zapped a spider in the loo last night and the ONLY thing I reached for was the insect killing spray.... then when it was stunned I clonked it with the loo brush holder. It's corpse is still there in the corner waiting for a man to clear it up.

    But what is silly string and what is it used for and why does it come in all those colours and is it easy to get off the walls because it certainly didn't seem to worry the spider too much. The spiders btw, looked pretty big. I'd definitely be squishing them, not placing them on a tree so they could come back inside again later.
  9. ScottAlan New Member

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    Found a few strands of webbing in my car yesterday, not really excited knowing that I have an 8-legged trespasser in my vehicle wandering around.
  10. Lady Kestrel Member

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    Well, I looked at the video. That guy couldn't hit the side of a barn from 2 inches away! Hot water and/or bathroom cleaners are much more effective.

    Once or twice I've had a small spider drop down when I was driving, which wasn't too bad compared to an encounter that nearly made my husband crash his truck. He was living in Florida at the time and flipped down the visor as he turned into the sun. On the back was an enormous wolf spider. He managed to get over to the side of the road and was trying to herd it out of the vehicle when a cop stopped to find out what he was doing. When the cop saw the spider, his hand moved towards his gun, as if he were going to shoot it.
  11. CB Member

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    Not as bad as having a four legged rodent take up shop in the air filtration system and climb up your pants leg while cruising the freeway. :eek:
  12. Caroline Member

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    And what a bunch of fraudulent civilisation-saving, game-playing wimps we are. :D

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  13. Helen Member

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  14. Karla Administrator

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    If I saw a spider of any sort anywhere in my truck or discovered one crawling on me as I was driving, there'd be one of the most spectacular truck crashes you could ever imagine. :eek:

    @Carolyn
    I love that picture you posted.

    You can learn all about Silly String in this informative article:
    http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/silly-string.htm

    Interestingly, the article says it was reported in 2006 that "American and British troops in Iraq had developed an inventive method for finding traps. By spraying Silly String down halls or through doors, people could see otherwise invisible tripwires. Since these wires could trigger explosive devices, Silly String quickly gained a reputation for being a lifesaver." (Supposedly, Silly String isn't heavy enough to actually trigger anything.)

    Whether this is true or not, I don't know.

    I've been shot with Silly String a few times. It's pretty easy to remove -- you just pull it off.

    If the guy in the video had kids who liked to play with the stuff, he should have been familiar enough with it to know it wouldn't stop the spiders. I can't really think of anything it would stop.

    It's really interesting how many people have spider encounters in bathrooms...
  15. Stiler Member

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    Some of you in this thread remind me of this guy:


    lol.

    Never really had a phobia about spiders myself, though we have two poisonous species here in TN, the Black Widow and Brown Recluse.

    Mostly see wolf spiders in the yard (and those suckers are both very fast and will jump).


    I quite like the Black and Yellow Argiope we have here, usually see them in the summertime around gardens and field area's.

    They are not poisonous and are good at catching insects and things (even wasps), they are also known as the "Writing" spider because they have a very distinctive web style where they put a very easy to see "zig zag" line running down the middle of it.

  16. Thaumaturge New Member

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    While I'll admit that a surprise spider can give me a bit of a fright, I generally have no problem sharing my home with spiders (as long as I'm fairly confident that they're of a relatively harmless species); daddy-long-legs (the actual spider, not the harvestman or cranefly) are welcome to set up shop in the corners, and small hunting spiders are more than welcome to wander around eating other bugs, as far as I'm concerned. If I think that a spider might be dangerous, I simply capture it and ship it outside.

    They don't bother me and they might help against bugs that do bother me, so I don't bother them.

    (Admittedly, I don't live in Australia; but then, I gather that the spiders are far from the only natural dangers to worry about over there. :p)

    @Stiler: That wolf spider jumping on command is so cute. ^_^

    From this I infer that I'm ready for the zombie apocalypse. Excellent. ^_^
  17. Caroline Member

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    Now way would I let ANY spider crawl over my hand, let alone such a big one as yellow writing spider. urgh!
  18. Caroline Member

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    ~ attention Karla and Helen ~ baby spiders en masse



    And the same kind of spider but this time with an explanation about them. They have no fangs or poison so cannot bite or sting, they make no webs and they run away from confrontation as they are defenceless.

  19. Karla Administrator

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    Caroline!!!!!!!!!! Argh!!!!!!!!!!

    I've seen that first video lurking here and there online, and I've strenuously avoided clicking on it. I haven't clicked on it here, either.

    Just seeing the still image on the second video was enough to make me almost lose my dinner. I know, they're nice spiders, etc., but this makes no difference. They're horrid-looking! I didn't watch the actual video.

    What was that I said earlier about this thread helping me become a bit spider-desensitized? Well, that seems to have been temporary. I'm back to being a full-fledged wimp now.

    Okay, to return the favor, here's one for you:

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  20. Caroline Member

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    Wow. I've heard of people training their pet cats to use the toilet but never their pet spiders!

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