Convinced I still have some PTSD from what I call “ArachNOPEphobia 2014,” a.k.a. the massive spider infestation in my room this summer, imagine my anxiety to learn that there are puppy-sized spiders in the world. Yes, I said puppy-sized.
A scientist named Piotr Naskrecki was recently taking a nighttime stroll through the Guyana rainforest when he heard a rustling in the brush around him. Expecting to come across some sort of a small mammal, he turned on his light to see what all of my personal nightmares are made of. Keep reading »
With Halloween approaching, The Frisky ladies have been trying to figure out what Amelia’s dog Lucca should wear this year — and then we saw this. Sylwester Wardega of Poland decided to dress up his dog as a giant spider, complete with furry, dangling legs, and scare the crap out of random, unsuspecting strangers. The prankster even helped set the scene by decorating the locations of his pranks with large spiderwebs and tangled, cobwebby debris before unleashing “Spider Dog.” He ambushed folks getting onto an elevator, taking a stroll in the park and in an empty corridor, and every reaction gets better and better. Watch and laugh your ass off. [Liberty Voice]
UPDATE, 7/13, 5p.m.: THANK GOD, this was only a hoax! [New York Post]
Brooklyn is on the hunt for Penelope, a pregnant Mexican Red Rump tarantula, who is apparently someone’s beloved pet. She escaped from her owner’s home, and flyers have turned up in the neighborhood with this plea for help:
I know she looks crazy scary, but she’s mostly harmless. She’s pregnant, so I’m hoping to find her before she has her babies. She’s mostly active at night and likes to hide in dark corners. She shouldn’t bite, but sometimes jumps when frightened. If you find her, please try to catch her and put her in a tupperware bowl with a few holes in the top for air. Then please call me and I will come get her.
I have so many questions. How many babies do tarantulas have? Where did Penelope find another tarantula to knock her up? What if her babies disperse themselves all over the city and creep into apartments through air vents en masse and viciously attack Brooklynites in our sleep?! If you live in New York and see a terrifying tiny beast chilling on the sidewalk, you know who to call. [Gothamist] [Image via Imgur]
I am known for being cool, calm and collected under duress. But that all goes out the window when duress involves a spider. Especially a big spiders. Growing up, sometimes you’d open a closet and there’d be a big one with long hairy legs staring right back at you. So I have to say these otherwise-cute, blue, vegan sandals bedecked in a faux-jeweled spider fall firmly in the “Do Not Want” camp. I don’t think I could handle it if I looked down and saw two big spiders on the tops of my feet. [ModCloth]
Somewhere in a lab far, far away, scientists fed spiders flies injected with LSD, mescaline, hashish, and caffeine. These are their webs. [ICNT4GIVE] Keep reading »
Scientists in Austria are looking to
torture study little girls who are afraid of spiders by examining their brainwaves as they’re shown photographs of the arachnids. The University of Granz is looking for girls ages 8 through 13 for the study and hope their results will find a cure for phobias. It seems to me that having a fear of spiders is totally legit, though, because some of the poisonous ones can kill you! Instead, these scientists should study this nutcase I know who is afraid of kittens. [NPR]
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