Friday, August 31, 2007

Don't step in the arcomantula...

Have employees at Tawakoni State Park in Texas stumbled on Aragog's lair?

Read on and prepare to shudder with waves of heebie-jeebies. A park groundskeeper who was mowing the trail in one part of the park recently made a stunning discovery: the largest communal spider web scientists have seen this side of the tropics.

They're not sure what has caused the phenomenon, which has encased several large oak trees--maybe Texas's record rainfall this summer (hello again, climate change)--but at the rate they're going, the spiders will take over a very large corner of the park. The better to trap you and eat you, my dear.

Read more here about the horrible smell of rotting bug corpses the web emits, the deafening sound of billions of tiny, dying wings flapping their last, and why little boys are the scientists' worst fear.

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Blogger DeepBlueSea said...

READ the article you linked to?

No way José, not a chance.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Manuel said...

saw that, wasn't impressed much. I have bigger in my bathroom....(honest)

7:13 PM  
Blogger whyioughtta said...

deep: Do I detect a spot of arachnophobia? Heh heh.

manuel: On the up side, at least you won't have to worry about mosquitoes in the bathroom.

8:01 AM  
Blogger tsduff said...

ewww! I'm not much for spiders... not scared of them, but we leave each other alone. I'm not too inclined to visit this part of the Lone Star State...! GROSS!

1:23 AM  
Blogger DeepBlueSea said...

I live in Australia. Would I be scared of spiders?


yeah, a bit....

8:47 AM  
Blogger tsduff said...

What happened to you? Spiders get cha?

8:24 PM  

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