Can we talk about the Goliath Birdeater spider?

CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
OMFG :pale:

My fellow arachnophobes, do not click this link to a pic and story about the largest known Goliath Birdeater. Those two words should tell you all you need to know about this spider, so you should probably just back out of the thread now. The description alone, given in the article, raised all of the hairs on my body. That said, as horrified as I was, I still had to see it with my own eyes.

To the rest of you, I bow to your awesomeness in finding this most nightmarish creature interesting or even (gulp) beautiful.

I have no words to adequately express my revulsion. :sad2: This should not exist anywhere in the universe.
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I think it's neat.

    I love evolutionary offshoots.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    :eek:

    Neat is not the word I would use. EEEkkkk!!!! is more like it.

    The single redeeming feature of this horror is that it can't fly. Please, please don't mutate.
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  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    I think it's neat.

    I love evolutionary offshoots.

    I knew you would be one of them. :)

    And, as promised, even though you can't see me, I'm over here all like :notworthy: :salute: to you.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Them as in the movie. Check it out!

    although I can't help :love5: toward C., even if she is one of THEM!
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  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I would expect to see in a rainforest at night, which is precisely why I wouldn't EVER be in one.
  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    Them as in the movie. Check it out!

    although I can't help :love5: toward C., even if she is one of THEM!

    "Them" as in one of those who can put aside irrational fear and appreciate something like this hideous monster, because I simply canNOT.

    Do you mean the movie Arachnophobia? Not only did I hate the spiders, but I hated that it had to include a totally inappropriate and totally irrelevant scene where the dad walked in on his teen daughter in the shower. Just for the gratuitous female sexuality factor.

    As much as I could really use the money right now, you couldn't pay me enough to star in a movie about spiders! There isn't enough money in the universe.
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I don't know — spiders in general are very interesting to me. And their webs are remarkable.

    I always save them when I find them inside. They just don't bother me.

    I do dislike mosquitoes if that makes me seem more relatable.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Phooey, mosquitos. Can't you do better than that? :toothy7:
    However, I loved Charlotte's Web.
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    225px-Them02.jpg
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  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    225px-Them02.jpg

    Dear GOD, campiness and all!
  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    I don't know — spiders in general are very interesting to me. And their webs are remarkable.

    I always save them when I find them inside. They just don't bother me.

    I do dislike mosquitoes if that makes me seem more relatable.

    Nope, sorry, not even remotely. :toothy7: Though I do loathe hearing the disembodied high-frequency buzz of a mosquito in my ear when I'm trying to sleep. I have slapped myself stupid trying to rid myself of one in the middle of the night.

    curlypearl wrote: »
    Phooey, mosquitos. Can't you do better than that? :toothy7:
    However, I loved Charlotte's Web.

    Ironically, me too! It was my favorite book when I was 8 - 9. I even used to call myself Charlotte at that time. Derp. :glasses9:
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sometimes when I'm outside in the yard with the dogs in the heat of summer, I'll hear that rising, almost metallic buzz of cicadas coupled with the whine of a mosquito near my ear, and basically lose my mind.

    This is why I now wear Deep Woods Off. And yes, I spray my hair, too.
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    curlypearl wrote: »
    225px-Them02.jpg

    Oh, come on. The writing in that thing is probably a lot worse than the imaginary attack. The alliteration alone is asinine.
    Here's another interesting creature:

    A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro | WIRED
  • CurlXTCeeCurlXTCee Posts: 379Registered Users
    I don't know — spiders in general are very interesting to me. And their webs are remarkable.

    I always save them when I find them inside. They just don't bother me.

    I do dislike mosquitoes if that makes me seem more relatable.
    curlypearl wrote: »
    Phooey, mosquitos. Can't you do better than that? :toothy7:
    However, I loved Charlotte's Web.
    curlypearl wrote: »
    225px-Them02.jpg

    Oh, come on. The writing in that thing is probably a lot worse than the imaginary attack. The alliteration alone is asinine.
    Here's another interesting creature:

    A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro | WIRED

    Haha, without a doubt! Classic old-school B movie.

    That worm actually IS interesting and kind of cute because it doesn't look like it crawled up out of the depths of hell. Even just the shape of any spider makes me weak. Something inherently evil about it to me. Venom and pain don't even have starring roles in my phobia. I simply have an irrational, all-encompassing hatred of spiders.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Can we not and say we did? Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick! I would die if I ran into one of those.

    My friend asked me if I heard about this today and showed me a pic.

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1413939986.147586.jpg

    I am not a huge fan of spiders. I adore Charlotte, from Charlottes web and all writing/picture spiders because of her. I will appreciate them and their webs from a distance. Granddaddies are okay too but anything else is dead.

    In related news, one of my good friends introduced me to a biology teacher he was working with. Both have a fondness for spiders and my friend actually discovered and named a previously unknown species here. Ron, the teacher, once told me a story about giant spiders at a university he worked at. A colleague had 2 trap door spiders in a giant tank, in the biology lab. They were famous for getting out, even when large rocks were placed on the lid. One day Ron saw the janitor running out of the lab. He went in, saw the lid was off and the female was missing (she was the trouble maker). He searched the lab for her and couldn't find her anywhere. Finally he looked behind the door and there she was. She reared up on her back legs and her fangs shot out. I would have burnt down that school! He had to use a trash can and broom to catch her and put her back in the tank. He's a better man than me.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 7,053Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I'm not an arachnophobe but that is one hideous creature and I can quite easily hear myself squealing in terror if I ever saw one.
    I think since coming to Australia and meeting Huntsmen I've kinda got used to spiders and I just let them be.
    3b in South Australia.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oh. No! Why did I have to Google Huntsmen Spider? I don't know if I could get used to that. I'm still not used to the Wolf and it's tiny compared to that.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,750Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I think I saw his little brother in my basement this wknd.:confused1:

  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    Two or three humongous tarantulas showed up in my backyard back when I lived in the suburbs, and it's not as thought I live anywhere near the rainforest. Brasília is located in an area that is more like a savanna (arid weather and more bushes than trees). Scary stuff, but they aren't lethal.

    This is way, way worse:
    Killer spider found in family

    P.S. Not all three at the same time....lol
  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    It seems the article makes the Brazilian wandering spider appear more dangerous than it really is if you believe Wikipedia. Very few fatalities related to the spider have been documented, there's an antivemon for it but in most cases it's not even required. The venom is very toxic, but the spider's mouth is designed for biting small prey.

    Anyway...you guys have grizzly bears. :tongue:
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ^ Not me! But I have black bears and they can & will climb a tree after you.

    Also black widows, brown recluses, rattlesnakes and copperheads.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm actually not an arachnophobe although this one is so huge. It's the flying beasts (wasps, hornets, etc.) that terrify me.

    But....I live in NYC. All the most dangerous animals live here! They look like you and me.
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It was the smell of the garbage and the midnight garbage pick ups that scared me the most in NYC.
  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    Thank all that is fair and good in this world spiders don't have wings.

    I freak out when a cicada enters the house. They are harmless, but all I see is a huge ugly looking beetle flying my way and the noise, good grief, how can something that size be so loud?
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Deda, I've never been in a house when a cicada entered. I honestly think I would have a heart attack.
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    worried this came out mean
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Dedachan wrote: »
    It seems the article makes the Brazilian wandering spider appear more dangerous than it really is if you believe Wikipedia. Very few fatalities related to the spider have been documented, there's an antivemon for it but in most cases it's not even required. The venom is very toxic, but the spider's mouth is designed for biting small prey.

    Anyway...you guys have grizzly bears. :tongue:

    You mean like this handsome fella?

    imgres_zps9d01815d.jpg
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,118Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Claudine, what came out mean???

    You cruel, vicious ninja-you!
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'd written a post comparing us to Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, but somehow I phrased it wrong and felt bad, although I do think it's a funny comparison. So I zapped it, just in case. :)
  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    Claudine, I would cuddle with him in a heartbeat if it didn't kill me. Or with a Siberian tiger.
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