Dec 31 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: In with the new!

Is this the time of year for metaphors about the old’uns fading away and new ones beginning?


(via Australian Geographic)


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    Glen Davidson

    Have a creepy new year!

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Wife and I feel for the spider. Boy is 22, an assistant manager at a quickie mart, two semesters from graduation, and is still on our backs.

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    ah, the heartwarming tableau of parental care behavior.
    They say it’s only the female arachnids that…oops, I’m sorry, we don’t discuss that stuff here.

  4. 4

    They say it’s only the female arachnids that…..

    Eat their mates, resulting in healthier offspring?

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    Hell Freddy? Yes sorry I can’t fit you in any time this year, all my night terrors have all ready been booked

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    spamamander, internet amphibian

    Trigger warning! Trigger warning!!!

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    It’s like that itchy feeling you get when reading those ominous missives from the primary school about an outbreak of headlice. You haven’t even put down the letter and started to check your own sprogling’s hair – but the creepy, crawly sensation gets you anyway.

    Just looking at that critter. Eeuuurgh.

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    Dick the Damned

    Of course, it’s Australian, eh. But it ain’t as dangerous as our polar bears. And what the heck, we’ve got wolf spiders, too

  9. 9
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    “Craws, daddy.”

    So nice. So nice.

  10. 10

    I don’t know if this story has the legs to go into 2013.

  11. 11
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Oh. My. Ceiling Cat.

    DO NOT WANT!!!!

  12. 12

    Good grief! Reading things like Tethys’ link always freaks me out about the weird results of evolution and the things that living things do to pass on genes.

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    blogofmyself, writer of papers

    Aww, look at all the little spiderlings! Though I think jumping spiders are my favorite, I really love wolf spiders. I once caught one and kept her as a pet so I could watch her eat small grasshoppers. It was totally awesome. I ended up letting her go after a few weeks because I felt bad for keeping her locked up in my terrarium.

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    This reminds me, I recently re-discovered “Charlotte’s’ Web”, which is a story that seems atheist friendly. [spoilers ahead]

    charlotte’s plan is based on humans being “gullible” and what do you know, the human’s first reaction to her web is that it is a miracle! a priest is briefly mentioned to have given a sermon about the meaning of the ‘Sign’, and in his sermon his message is ‘this sign means that we should always be watchful for signs’ [obviously vacuous, much?]. Then, near the end of the book, Charlotte is dying and I think the audience is meant to perceive injustice when her work is firmly attributed to the ‘supernatural’.

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    Nick Gotts

    They say it’s only the female arachnids that…oops, I’m sorry, we don’t discuss that stuff here. – Mr. Peterson

    Quite. I mean, spiders have extensive cultural traditions, including sophisticated language and technology which make it fiendishly difficult to even make sense of the idea of innate psychological differences between the sexes, let alone identify them with reasonable confidence, don’t they?

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