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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Yes, but what do they like to read? They won't be just attracted by any old literature.


    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    Charlotte's Web. Naturally.


    Quote Originally Posted by Trinity View Post
    Aaaaghhhhhh! Stop quoting that pic

    Not good, not good, not good *rocks back and forth*
    I'm with you Trinity. I think every hair on my body stood up when I looked at it, and I could hardly look away. Horrifying.

    Quote Originally Posted by cascademn View Post
    (Whenever I used to find them in my old apartment on a piece of furniture or something, I'd try to transport them to one of my plants. Given their jumping abilities, this was sometimes challenging, but usually I was able to do it without too much trouble and I was always happy to see them in some soil or on a plant leaf rather than a sterile surface. Sadly, I haven't seen them much in my new place.)
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!

    Every time I tell my old room mate I killed a spider he says 'what did it look like'. I have never (EVER) stopped long enough to inspect a spider before I either sprayed it to death with hairspray, trapped it under a cup or squished it with a shoe. All I see is a dot with a bunch of legs running around and think 'GET IT BEFORE IT ESCAPES TO COME BACK AND EAT YOU LATER!!'. I blame stories of how many spiders a person supposedly eats in their sleep in a lifetime (I slept on, yes ON my chin for a lot of years as a kid because a friend told me this)

    That being said, if I'm outside and see one in a web or climbing somewhere that it belongs, I'm completely OK with them and let them be. I think there's just something about having them in my house that freaks the crap out of me.

    Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty_Mountain_Rose View Post
    I blame stories of how many spiders a person supposedly eats in their sleep in a lifetime (I slept on, yes ON my chin for a lot of years as a kid because a friend told me this)
    Which is a myth, btw.

    snopes.com: Spiders Swallowed Per Year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Costrin View Post
    *Huge sigh of relief*
    Embrace the possibilities.

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    We have gray jumping spiders here - they never bother you and are neat to watch.
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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    So update on the spider....

    I was cool with it hanging around my window but now it's ventured into my clothing. (I think my cat had something to do with it.) Now I'm all paranoid that I'm going to find it there again or that it will lay babies in my pants.
    Is not to be held accuntable for peeling errors.

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    Well, normally I advocate killing anything that has more than four legs. I probably would have screamed for someone to kill it in real life without investigating what it was if I had seen that thing.

    Hearing people talk about how it has a brain is making me feel empathy (and guilt for what my instinctive reaction would have been) for it, though. Now I'm not so sure you should harm it.

    The moral and emotional complexity of a situation involving a potentially intelligent, gross insect-like thing is astounding.

    About those pictures that Jen showed... I had no idea spiders could get that big. I thought it was one of those Octopuses that could walk on land at first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post


    About those pictures that Jen showed... I had no idea spiders could get that big. I thought it was one of those Octopuses that could walk on land at first.
    The largest spiders on Earth are primitive, slow-moving tarantulas that live in the Guyana forest (South America), especially Theraphosa leblondi, the Goliath birdeater.



    This image gives you approximately the actual size of the animal (about 1 foot in diameter).

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    But the brain of a tiny 1/2 inch Jumping spider is several times larger than the one belonging to a Theraphosa.


    The moral and emotional complexity of a situation involving a potentially intelligent, gross insect-like thing is astounding.
    What I enjoy with Salticids, is the fact they're curious animals, always eager to play and interact with their surroundings. Many are fearless, bold and daring (hence the "Daring jumping spider", Phiddipus audax, which is a common specie through the US). They always want to know what's going on around them, so they make their own little investigations. If you point a camera on them, most of the time they won't flee. Instead, they would probably jump on the camera to check the lens or the leds, and try to understand what this is, before jumping back to their territory.

    They really have nothing in common with any other spiders.

    For instance:

    [YOUTUBE="3je0wtGFO1Q"]A jumping spider and a cursor[/YOUTUBE]

    (Yes, they can climb on a computer's screen)

    And they are the only terrestrial invertebrates that seem fascinated with mirrors, that can react to their own reflexion.
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    It's just a jumping spider. They're relatively cute. Is it jut me, or do INTP's have a fear of spiders .

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    Well, your communicative opposites certainly do.
    Love is the point.

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    That video is absolutely adorable.
    I always thought jumping spiders to be more personable than most other insects.
    Wait, what did you say again?

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