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    #31
    Originally posted by Tiger Racing View Post
    Isn't it funny how scared people can be of a creature that is smaller than their thumbnail?


    They really can be adorable!

    C.
    I'm sure it's very funny for those genetically predisposed to having an allergic reaction to a spider bite, or for those people who have severe reactions. I'm sure they feel the spiders are really adorable!

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    I find your seeming affinity for spiders over the human suffering they can cause to be cold-hearted and a tad insane, Tiger Woman.
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      #32
      Last summer I got bitten by a spider, or at least that is what the emergency room determined it to be. I never saw the little sucker, but started off with a completely concentric pink circle that just kept getting larger and redder. Ten days of mega antibiotics took care of it, but it wasn't much fun. It was also sort of ironic to me, as I am an urban type and the powerchair hasn't been in woodsy environments for quite some time.

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        #33
        Originally posted by Wise Young View Post
        Tiger,

        You are right of course. A spider is not an insect. I was thinking about insects, looked for an illustration, and came across this picture where a spider is crawling on a girl's face.

        I was thinking about my dislike of being bit by insects, that is disproportionately greater than the harm of being bitten. Aside from the disease-causing potential of mosquitos and ticks, it is the thought of being food for insects that drives me indoors and away from places where I would be eaten by them. Spiders don't bother me as much, particularly tarantulas. However, many people are very squeamish about cockroaches and flies, even though these insects don't "bite".

        I wonder why mosquitos don't evolve a bite that does not cause inflammation and itching. After all, if the mosquito takes blood from you and it does not hurt or cause any discomfort, humans are less likely to take measures to kill them or avoid them. Likewise, if flies don't have the stupid habit of buzzing around your head and just concentrate of taking snippets of your food, perhaps we wouldn't go to so much troubel to swat them and kill them. It seem counter-evolutionary.

        Maybe if spider evolved to be more cute, they will not be killed as much by humans. They are actually wonderfully cool creatures and are very useful to humans because they kill the insects that eat and infect us.

        Wise.
        Wise, I am living in the Northeast US and daily we get updates about the number of mosquitos that have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus, so I think I would go out of my way to avoid them even if there was no histamine response from their bites!

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          #34
          Originally posted by JimD View Post
          Many people also have an irrational fear of snakes - perhaps there is an evolutionary adaptation in a majority of humans which produces an innate dread of venomous animals?
          Some people hate snakes because they link all snakes with the serpent that spoke to Eve.
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            #35
            I don't like spiders I leave them alone if it gets to close I'll kill it but in general they serve a purpose and should be left alone. The reason there is fear is from stories from movies or word of mouth of someone dying or getting bit by a redclouse spider and getting a jiant soar of flesh destroying bite. I believe that is what drives the fear.

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              #36
              They come in my house, they die. I just killed one in fact. It was walking across a pillow. I asked if it had any last words. Then I was like, too late... squish...

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                #37
                Originally posted by NorthQuad View Post
                They come in my house, they die. I just killed one in fact. It was walking across a pillow. I asked if it had any last words. Then I was like, too late... squish...

                ehehehehewwww! gad i'm still cringing from that thought!
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                  #38
                  Originally posted by NorthQuad View Post
                  They come in my house, they die. I just killed one in fact. It was walking across a pillow. I asked if it had any last words. Then I was like, too late... squish...

                  I bet that spider felt like a jerk after getting owned so hard.
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                    #39
                    Lit one up earlier. huge freaking thing. Im at my comp, and I see this bad boy dropping from the ceiling right in front of me.

                    grabbed a lighter *poof* watched it crawl away with only 3 legs. saw it later licking its wounds in the corner.

                    I mean I usually leave daddy long legs alone because they do great justice in my house, but this grandaddy of them all long legs, was a little too close for comfort. had to remind the others they were working for me, all revolt would be squashed, U.S national guard style.

                    everyones back to work now. they realized sticking to small insects was a better option.

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                      #40
                      jesus RDF, you could have linked those. :gag:

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                        #41
                        Originally posted by Imight View Post
                        Lit one up earlier. huge freaking thing. Im at my comp, and I see this bad boy dropping from the ceiling right in front of me.

                        grabbed a lighter *poof* watched it crawl away with only 3 legs. saw it later licking its wounds in the corner.

                        I mean I usually leave daddy long legs alone because they do great justice in my house, but this grandaddy of them all long legs, was a little too close for comfort. had to remind the others they were working for me, all revolt would be squashed, U.S national guard style.

                        everyones back to work now. they realized sticking to small insects was a better option.
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                          #42
                          Originally posted by JimD View Post
                          Many people also have an irrational fear of snakes - perhaps there is an evolutionary adaptation in a majority of humans which produces an innate dread of venomous animals?
                          A friend once posited the notion that there is some kind of ancestral memory at work. The idea being that at some point in our evolution we were small enough to be badly hurt by such creatures.

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                            #43
                            I don't know the answer but my sons dateing a girl now who when she moved up here, had a spidey on the shower curtin, She called the fire dept. They said it was for emergency only, she said " right, like I'm not going to hyperventyilateand keel over, you'll come out then?"
                            They came out and got it.

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                              #44
                              Originally posted by Wise Young View Post
                              Why have insects evolved to create such fear amongst humans? Wouldn't tarantula's be better off if they don't provoke fear?
                              The evolution of spiders has been going on for at least 300 million years, compared to us relative newcomer humans at a mere 7 million years old. Sure, humans are killing off the occasional ugly spider that dares to venture into our homes, but I'm sure modern insecticides and other neurotoxins are exerting much more evolutionary pressure than the rolled-up newspaper.
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                                #45
                                If you travel to Australia, watch out for this lil bastid! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bwJhj4pu68
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