The Watering Hole, Saturday, August 24, 2013: Weird Spiders

While searching for a topic for this week’s post, I happened across a fascinating collection of weird spiders. Some of them are jaw-droppingly amazing. One has evolved to look just like a ladybug, not known for being tasty. Another could easily be mistaken for a common red ant. (Count the legs.) All of the spiders in that particular gallery are small, below five centimeters (two inches) in diameter. Many times, the writers say they wish the spider in question were bigger. Other times they’re grateful the spider isn’t one the size of your face. I recommend you check out the link. The writers have a great sense of humor and the pictures, the work of Nicky Bay, are incredible.

This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss spiders or any other creature with whom you may have once inadvertently spent a night.

50 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, August 24, 2013: Weird Spiders

  1. I regret that I can’t watch the coverage of the march on Washington on MSNBC, because the speakers at the march have equal or greater volume than the people on MHP’s show. I hope they work out this problem.

  2. I had Blond Tarantulas all over the place where I lived in Arizona.
    They get your attention at first but then you learn that they are your friends and you want them around..
    I had Black Widows too.
    My roomie complained.
    I told him not to stick your hand in their web and they will leave you alone.
    The one spider that does get my attention is the Brown Recluse.

    • I had never seen a black widow, until this old guy showed up to work on the plumbing next door. He showed them to me in the water meter box, under the metal lid, and said they’re in almost every one you look in. I don’t know how many times I have had my hands in our water meter box to cut off the water and never got bit. Usually you use one of those long T wrenches and don’t get close, but our valve was installed wrong so it was on the side of the line and not the top. I would have to dig dirt out from around it to use a crescent wrench to turn off the water. Finally the meter readers couldn’t see the meter because it kept filling up with dirt and they relocated the box and fixed the valve orientation.

    • Every time we have pandamonium here I want to just scream “Leave the panda alone!” Kate whatvever her last name is now and the royal baby got more privacy than that poor mama panda.

    • Naw. It couldn’t be they plan on grilling it and eating it! πŸ˜€

      Next week starts the tailgate parties! May they’re buying today because they’ll be at the stadium then!

  3. Rep. John Boehner cites cows’ flatulence to defend his sacred carbon emissions

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So what is the responsible way? That’s my question. What is the Republican plan to deal with carbon emissions, which every major scientific organization has said is contributing to climate change?

    BOEHNER: George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide. And so I think it’s clear…

    So “CO2 is a carcinogen,” eh Boner? According to whom? Probably some dude named Nemo, I’m guessing.

    No wonder I like spiders orders of magnitude more than idiot Republicans.

  4. Dycker, are you out there? We’re fixin’ to have the Bristol Cup race, if your wife hasn’t dragged you off from home.

    Danica qualified pretty good, 22nd. Half the field starts ahead of her, and half the field behind her.

    • Hi house. I’ll be watching. With breaks for BBQ chicken and some soccer updates.

      btw, I saw your post on Vin Scully and just happened to watch some of last nights Dodgers game. Vin is THE BEST. He does it by himself and has sooo much information. He is entertaining!

      And what’s with Boston? I have started calling them the Boston Amish with all those beards.

      • Good deal!
        In case you haven’t heard, Kyle Busch is going for the weekend sweep, but he’s starting from the back.

        I’ve noticed a lot of BPL listed on the NBC sports channels. It pre-empted F1 qualifying from Spa this morning, but I watched it live on BBC One on TVPC.

        • I did just see Busch is in the back. That will be good to watch him move up!
          Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!

          Not BPL but MLS. Montreal has done real well for a new team.

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