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Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-02, 11:04 PM
If you're arachnophobic, don't read this.

Now, we all know that there are Third World ladies and gentlemen who eat spiders. There are people in the far east who make a meal of platefuls of a black spider about the size of a small orange or tangerine. Yes?

No doubt, too, we've all seen films of Native South Americans who go off into the woods and come back with bagfulls of giant tarantulas. The ones about the size of a small football.

Then they roast them over a fire, then yum them all up, don't they?

Well, this isn't about them.

What it's about is something I heard recently. I'm not sure if it's true.

You see, everyone has about 2000 spiders as guests in their house. Most are in the loft or down in the cellar, with some more outside in the garden.

Well, from time to time, by sheer chance, one of these spiders will get into your bed.

And also by chance, sooner or later one will run across your face when you are fast asleep.

Your physiology works in such a way that if something drops on your lips when you are asleep, your reflex action will be to lick it and draw it into your mouth and swallow it.

Which means that each of us will eat approximately eight spiders at night during our lifetime.

I reckon I must have had about five by now.

Unfortunately the ketchup was always downstairs. 8-[ 8-[ 8-[ 8-[

Ilya
2005-Jan-02, 11:14 PM
All it makes me feel is a little sorry for them.

I am an "arachnophile" if there is such a word. If I see a spider where it clearly does not belong, I pick it up, and carefully put it outside.

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-02, 11:18 PM
All it makes me feel is a little sorry for them.

I am an "arachnophile" if there is such a word. If I see a spider where it clearly does not belong, I pick it up, and carefully put it outside.

Good for you. I try to but often just squash them.

Candy
2005-Jan-02, 11:41 PM
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frogesque
2005-Jan-03, 12:13 AM
ROFL Candy =D>

Vega115
2005-Jan-03, 12:14 AM
[edited out]

my bad. misread original post.


imagine if it were 8 per NIGHT? Then i would've downed 46,720 by now.




Yummy.

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Jan-03, 12:16 AM
Which means that each of us will eat approximately eight spiders at night during our lifetime.

(Emphasis mine)

Edit: Whoops, looks like you caught it about the same time that I did, sorry.

SKY
2005-Jan-03, 12:18 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm)

Candy
2005-Jan-03, 12:27 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm)
I remember this conversation (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=256072#256072). :-?

01101001
2005-Jan-03, 12:27 AM
Mmm... tastes like crab.

HerrProfessorDoktor
2005-Jan-03, 01:11 AM
The story may be bunk, but still...

Occasionally I'll have a dream where I'm chewing something and will have a bitter taste in my mouth that persists even after I wake up. I haven't yet picked any legs or antennae from between my teeth, but very disturbing nonetheless. :o

(Especially since I really hate bugs. There's something about them that deeply offends me as a warm-blooded mammal. My attitude toward them can be summed up thusly: "If you see a bug hole, nuke it!")

paulie jay
2005-Jan-03, 01:38 AM
Well we get some truly enormous huntsman spiders here in Sydney. I'd hate to think I've swalled one of those - but still, I suppose they count as two.
http://home.bluepin.net.au/yallaroo/images/Greyhuntsman2.JPG

tmosher
2005-Jan-03, 03:20 AM
My cats eat all the spiders in my house - plus the flies, moths, butterflies, and any other insect that finds it's way in.

mickal555
2005-Jan-03, 03:34 AM
Well we get some truly enormous huntsman spiders here in Sydney. I'd hate to think I've swalled one of those - but still, I suppose they count as two.
http://home.bluepin.net.au/yallaroo/images/Greyhuntsman2.JPG
what about a funnel web?

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-03, 11:38 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm)

Thanks for that, SKY.

At least it was a good laugh for the silly season.

Actually, I didn't come across it on the internet, I saw it in an 'amazing facts' book.

By the way...what qualifies the author of your contribution to be 100% correct?

Common sense?

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-03, 11:40 AM
Well we get some truly enormous huntsman spiders here in Sydney. I'd hate to think I've swalled one of those - but still, I suppose they count as two.
http://home.bluepin.net.au/yallaroo/images/Greyhuntsman2.JPG
what about a funnel web?

I won't visit Australia in case I come face to face with an aaaaarrrggghhhh!!! ....funnel web! [-( [-X

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-03, 11:45 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm)
I remember this conversation (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=256072#256072). :-?

Yes, it was me who stirred that up, wasn't it, Candy?

I'd forgotten.

Must be getting old.

Onto my sixth spider now, in fact. :lol:

Maksutov
2005-Jan-03, 11:49 AM
Glad that turned out to be apparently an urban legend. Hate to think about doing in eight of those little fellows a year.

Spiders are fascinating creatures. Their webs are remarkable engineering achievements. And their coordination puts human athletes to shame.

Confirmed arachnophile here.

Amadeus
2005-Jan-03, 11:51 AM
My cats eat all the spiders in my house - plus the flies, moths, butterflies, and any other insect that finds it's way in.

One of my cats came in the house one night with a giant moth between it's teeth. It was about 4 inches accross. The thing is it was still alive!

Anybody with cats will tell you they like to keep their prey alive for as long as possible and lose interest once they are dead. He was walking about the house with the wings flapping at the side of it's mouth for about and hour. Any atempt to get close it him and put the poor creature ( the moth) out of it's missery was met with the cat running away.

When the moth died he dropped it and walked away, I went to dispose of it and got the shock of my life. I saw two eyes glowing green! I have never seen a moth this big before so I didn't know that their eyes glow green in light.

As for the spiders.....

Well there was a british nature program a few years back that looked into the habits of common house hold animals. They was night vision pictures of a spider crawling up to someones mouth whilst they were sleeping to take a drink!

Argos
2005-Jan-03, 01:04 PM
No doubt, too, we've all seen films of Native South Americans who go off into the woods and come back with bagfulls of giant tarantulas. The ones about the size of a small football.

Native s. americans... I feel like an anthropological curiosity when I hear expressions like this. :roll:

Candy
2005-Jan-03, 01:26 PM
Well we get some truly enormous huntsman spiders here in Sydney. I'd hate to think I've swalled one of those - but still, I suppose they count as two.

http://home.bluepin.net.au/yallaroo/images/Greyhuntsman2.JPG


http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/sprachlos/speechless-smiley-040.gif

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-04, 10:05 AM
Native South Americans?

The only tribal name I'm aware of is the Aucas.

And I don't think they were the spider gormets.

Something else has just occurred to me. Most people in Britain (and possibly the States) will have heard of our top amateur astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore. He still presents his monthly television programme 'The Sky At Night' after about 60 years.

Well, on an earlier episode, a big blue-bottle fly flew into his mouth during a live broadcast. In order not to disturb the continuity of the programme, he swallowed it.

Whether or not he later swallowed a spider to catch the fly he does not say.

Urband legend?

I'm still not convinced of that.

'There are stranger things in heaven and earth than in your philosophy..' as someone said.

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-04, 10:09 AM
Well we get some truly enormous huntsman spiders here in Sydney. I'd hate to think I've swalled one of those - but still, I suppose they count as two.
http://home.bluepin.net.au/yallaroo/images/Greyhuntsman2.JPG
what about a funnel web?

I won't visit Australia in case I come face to face with an aaaaarrrggghhhh!!! ....funnel web! [-( [-X

Or an even bigger AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Someone who acts in 'Neighbours' or some other ghastly Australian soap opera. :x :x

Maksutov
2005-Jan-04, 10:28 AM
Well, stay away from Scotland...that's the home of the Castle AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Probably loaded with spiders...and fish.

http://img66.exs.cx/img66/1517/09findthefish3ya.jpg

Find the Fish!

http://img66.exs.cx/img66/383/ftffind9uv.th.jpg (http://img66.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img66&image=ftffind9uv.jpg)

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-05, 09:23 PM
Well, stay away from Scotland...that's the home of the Castle AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Probably loaded with spiders...and fish.

http://img66.exs.cx/img66/1517/09findthefish3ya.jpg

Find the Fish!

http://img66.exs.cx/img66/383/ftffind9uv.th.jpg (http://img66.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img66&image=ftffind9uv.jpg)

It's in the elephant's trunk.

My mum was scotch.

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-11, 02:29 PM
I'll just resurrect this thread to tell you of a spider incident I had the other day.

I took my kid up to the school. There was one of the mums plus daughter who had a spider and a suntan.

The suntan because she went to Australia for Christmas.

The spider because that's what she brought back as a souvenir.

Being one of the mums I fancy vaguely ( :oops: ) I took the opportunity to speak to her. The spider was big and pink and she had it in a clear plastic food container. She said it was a Huntsman.

I asked if I could see it, and I gently prised open the lid for a closer look.

Alas, it was a windy day. A gust came along and swept the spider out (Incy-Wincy Spider??)

Guess which arachnophobic prat then had to get down and pick it up with his bare hands to stop the daughter from howling?

Luckily it was dead.

:oops:

Candy
2005-Jan-11, 04:10 PM
Luckily it was dead.
Was it dead, because it had a big foot print on it? Just kidding. :o

Nicolas
2005-Jan-11, 04:22 PM
Serious, was it dead in the box already? (I gues so, it wouldn't get blown away otherwise I think) or did it's back body "explode" as I heard happens to falling beard spiders?

Wally
2005-Jan-11, 05:19 PM
Is this a good idea. . . bringing insects from one part of the world to another for show-and-tell?

Good thing it was dead! An alternate ending might have been "wind blows spider out of box; spider escapes into the grassy field next door. 20 years later, the town is innudated with large, pink spiders! #-o

Candy
2005-Jan-11, 05:31 PM
Is this a good idea. . . bringing insects from one part of the world to another for show-and-tell?

Good thing it was dead! An alternate ending might have been "wind blows spider out of box; spider escapes into the grassy field next door. 20 years later, the town is innudated with large, pink spiders! #-o
Traveler's holidays end with scorpion bite at airport (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0107scorpion-airport-ON.html)

Rodel had recently returned from a holiday in South Africa but did not believe the scorpion had hitched a ride in his luggage. :o

paulie jay
2005-Jan-12, 04:09 AM
Well speaking of bites at the airport...

As some of you know, I work part time for Australian Customs. One evening an arriving passenger presented himself to one of my collegues who was suspicious of the bulges down the passenger's trousers. Turns out the guy had EIGHT (count 'em!) cobras down his trousers which he was hoping to sell to collectors. Of course he was thereafter known as the "trouser snake man"...


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Brady Yoon
2005-Jan-12, 04:56 AM
I have a question. It seems like pretty much everyone doesn't like spiders. From what I've heard, there's only a very few people who actually like them. Is it a phobia, or does it have something to do with our genes?

As for me, I'm terrified of anything that's not a daddy longlegs type of thing.

mickal555
2005-Jan-12, 07:42 AM
I'm a bit scared of spiders I would rather toch a snake I don't mind snakes but spiders well.... my second earlyest memery was me going down with my mum to help put out the washing. When a spider as big as my hand jumped on my hand as I was holding the bar going down stairs It scared the living daylights outa me. My earlyest solid memery was when I jumped off a massive wall(it was 2 feet ).

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-12, 09:28 AM
I have a question. It seems like pretty much everyone doesn't like spiders. From what I've heard, there's only a very few people who actually like them. Is it a phobia, or does it have something to do with our genes?

As for me, I'm terrified of anything that's not a daddy longlegs type of thing.

I've heard it said that it's in our genes.

Our forebears long ago used to encounter large dangerous spiders a lot and the fear of them somehow got stuck in our DNA. True or not, that's a possibility.

Richard of Chelmsford
2005-Jan-12, 09:34 AM
Is this a good idea. . . bringing insects from one part of the world to another for show-and-tell?

Good thing it was dead! An alternate ending might have been "wind blows spider out of box; spider escapes into the grassy field next door. 20 years later, the town is innudated with large, pink spiders! #-o

Ah yes, Wally, but your forebears came from another part of the world to the States, didn't they? Europe or Africa or somewhere, even if you're a Native American person.

But the ease of worldwide travel is going to spread wild-life and bacteria more liberally now, isn't it?

Scorpions are not natural to Britain, but there is a colony of them at Ongar, a small town about 20 miles from Chelmsford, plus various elsewhere throughout the UK because the little horrors have found their way across the Channel.

The biggest spider native to the UK is a water spider about the size of a small tarantula. That's big enough for me thanks.