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Old 03-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #76
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:10 AM   #77
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1:10 AM and killing a bunch of em... I'm too tired for this shit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:50 AM   #78
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For some reason my mom is scared of cats and dogs but she thinks spiders are no problemo.
they aren't. spiders get no benefit from biting humans, and their mouthparts aren't even designed for that anyway.

i read an article the other day that stated that out of all patients who seek medical attention for spider bites, only 4% or so actually had spider bites. of that 4%, most were due to a human initiating the contact and the spider trying to defend itself.

there's also the fact that very few spiders have venom that threatens us, anyway.

spiders do nothing but help us 99.9% of the time and yet we seem to want to kill them upon sight. who's the villain, here...?
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they aren't. spiders get no benefit from biting humans, and their mouthparts aren't even designed for that anyway.

i read an article the other day that stated that out of all patients who seek medical attention for spider bites, only 4% or so actually had spider bites. of that 4%, most were due to a human initiating the contact and the spider trying to defend itself.

there's also the fact that very few spiders have venom that threatens us, anyway.

spiders do nothing but help us 99.9% of the time and yet we seem to want to kill them upon sight. who's the villain, here...?

most people get scared when they see a spider, there must be a reason for this.......
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most people get scared when they see a spider, there must be a reason for this.......
a reason such as, humans are prey to many shared irrational phobias?

if so, then yes... i agree.
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perhaps there once were giant spiders walking the earth, dangerous to humans.........and the fear is still nested in the human brain ?
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perhaps there once were giant spiders walking the earth, dangerous to humans.........and the fear is still nested in the human brain ?
arthropods have built-in size limits due to having a skeleton on the outside. the largest they can get on land is... i don’t know... about a foot or two in width, i think. there are still giant walking sticks, beetles, and a couple spiders, etc that are close to this size limit.

every one of them is harmless to humans AFAIK.
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arthropods have built-in size limits due to having a skeleton on the outside. the largest they can get on land is... i don’t know... about a foot or two in width, i think. there are still giant walking sticks, beetles, and a couple spiders, etc that are close to this size limit.

every one of them is harmless to humans AFAIK.

yes......strange, when i see a big spider i get a rush of fear though me, happens automatically....no way to control the initial shock.........then the fear vanishes after a few seconds...........when i realize itīs "just" a spider........must be a reason for the fear of spiders in humans..........i guess it must be because some of them are poisonous
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yes......strange, when i see a big spider i get a rush of fear though me, happens automatically....no way to control the initial shock.........then the fear vanishes after a few seconds...........when i realize itīs "just" a spider........must be a reason for the fear of spiders in humans..........i guess it must be because some of them are poisonous
i agree with you that there is a reason, but as with almost every case, it is probably plural, not singular. furthermore, it may not have anything to do with the things that we might think. IMO these are two common traps that we all seem to fall in to for whatever reasons.

for example, the poison idea. generally speaking, animals evolve to produce lethal force in proportion to their needs for lethal force. as spiders can only take down moderately-larger prey at best, they would never have been a natural enemy to man AFAIK.

a brown recluse spider of course... that's a good question. but that's not the norm.

remember, people have a natural fear of halloween-type stuff too, but it's all symbolic in nature. ghosts were never a real threat, walking skeletons, giant spiders, witches... all probably remind us of a combination of other things, like death, mysterious dangers, strange peoples, etc.

fear and confusion themselves may be directly triggered by pushing the right buttons, even though it was only buttons, not something that was actually a real threat.
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Went camping with friends over the weekend. It was this tiny, not really out of a city camping that they set up, but we found a nest of black widows in the port-o-potties that were 20 feet from our tents. Luckily, nobody got bit even though we had the occasional black widow visit our campfire (and 1 wolf spider), and 2 visit one of our tents. A couple of the girls slept in their car. F*ck black widows.
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Went camping with friends over the weekend. It was this tiny, not really out of a city camping that they set up, but we found a nest of black widows in the port-o-potties that were 20 feet from our tents. Luckily, nobody got bit even though we had the occasional black widow visit our campfire (and 1 wolf spider), and 2 visit one of our tents. A couple of the girls slept in their car. F*ck black widows.
Not going camping ever kay whatever.
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Went camping with friends over the weekend. It was this tiny, not really out of a city camping that they set up, but we found a nest of black widows in the port-o-potties that were 20 feet from our tents. Luckily, nobody got bit even though we had the occasional black widow visit our campfire (and 1 wolf spider), and 2 visit one of our tents. A couple of the girls slept in their car. F*ck black widows.
oh shit...........guess that is the price you have to pay for great nature experiences !? where was this, if i may ask
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Fear of spiders and snakes is psychologically innate I'd guess. Instincts tell us to avoid venomous creatures.

Plus, when you add in the fact that they move in manners considered strange (spiders and their 8 legged crawl, snakes slither), and its not hard to see why most ppl are unnerved by them.

My personal fear are american cockroaches (some ppl call them waterbugs) though. Funny enough I'm not bothered by the regular small roaches (germans)...just the giant american ones. I will never forgive the powers-that-be for granting these abominations with the ability to fly...

I've always found it odd that I'm phobic to a specific species of insect...
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In the room across from mine, by the window, I kid you not there are roughly 20 dead spider bodies with 5 other live spiders hanging on webs.


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