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“Australian giant spider invasion” is a hoax
Posted: 09 May 2009 08:05 AM   [ Ignore ]
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UK reports about large numbers of venomous spiders invading the Oz town of Bowen appear grossly exaggerated.

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Posted: 09 May 2009 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I think one of my kids might be one of these spiders…she’s hairy, she barks…she bites!

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Posted: 09 May 2009 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hey! ONE big, hairy, venomous, barking spider ,bigger than you hand ,IS an invasion! gulp  wink

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Posted: 09 May 2009 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Maegan - 09 May 2009 02:15 PM

I think one of my kids might be one of these spiders…she’s hairy, she barks…she bites!

And if that kid is like her mother, she is venomous as well…  cheese  tongue wink

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Posted: 09 May 2009 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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They whistle when you get near them? Bizarre.

When I saw the phrase “sensationalist UK newspaper” I fully expected the link to go to the Sun or the Daily Mail or the Daily Express. But the Times? You kidding me?

That newspaper just dropped about 8 places down my ranking of journalism. It now sits behind the Beano.

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Posted: 09 May 2009 04:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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LaMa - 09 May 2009 03:57 PM
Maegan - 09 May 2009 02:15 PM

I think one of my kids might be one of these spiders…she’s hairy, she barks…she bites!

And if that kid is like her mother, she is venomous as well…  cheese  tongue wink

At this stage, the venom is probably harmless.  It’ll become dangerous after puberty.

And I agree with Dave…one should be considered an invasioN!

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Posted: 09 May 2009 08:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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“‘Accounts of a giant spider invasion have been greatly exaggerated,’ announced the town’s new mayor, Mrs. A. Rachne.  A further press conference is scheduled for this evening in her parlour.”

Renquist - 09 May 2009 07:41 PM

They whistle when you get near them? Bizarre.

A lot of spiders do that, actually.  Usually only the larger ones are audible, though.

DavePrime - 09 May 2009 02:52 PM

Hey! ONE big, hairy, venomous, barking spider ,bigger than you hand ,IS an invasion! gulp  wink

I think it’s more a case of the spiders who already live there being less discrete and more visible than usual, rather than foreign spiders moving in.  So it’s more a “coming out of the closet” thing than an invasion thing.  Perhaps literally.  wink

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Posted: 09 May 2009 08:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Dunno if they’re venomous, but I’d swear my bathroom suffered a spider invasion just last week. They’d all converge at the part of the ceiling in the bathroom shower stall while I was taking a freaking shower.  shut eye

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ZeldaQueen - 10 May 2009 12:48 AM

Dunno if they’re venomous, but I’d swear my bathroom suffered a spider invasion just last week. They’d all converge at the part of the ceiling in the bathroom shower stall while I was taking a freaking shower.  shut eye

They have eight eyes. . .all the better to stare at you pervishly. . .

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Posted: 09 May 2009 08:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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ZeldaQueen - 10 May 2009 12:48 AM

Dunno if they’re venomous, but I’d swear my bathroom suffered a spider invasion just last week. They’d all converge at the part of the ceiling in the bathroom shower stall while I was taking a freaking shower.  shut eye

They have eight eyes. . .all the better to stare at you pervishly. . .

I swear those things are there to spite me. I honestly hate spiders most of all… *shudders*

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Posted: 09 May 2009 08:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Accipiter - 10 May 2009 12:55 AM

They have eight eyes. . .all the better to stare at you pervishly. . .

I read that as ‘peevishly’ and wondered why the spiders would be annoyed - had she cut in front of them in the shower queue or something…

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Posted: 09 May 2009 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Madmouse - 10 May 2009 12:59 AM
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They have eight eyes. . .all the better to stare at you pervishly. . .

I read that as ‘peevishly’ and wondered why the spiders would be annoyed - had she cut in front of them in the shower queue or something…

Maybe their mad that I ruined their webs when I turned the water on.  cheese

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