So…all scientists have these weird obsessions? Tell me more.

I was amused by this comic explaining why people actually become scientists, until the last frame.

Did you mention “spiders”? Do you want to know more? Let’s go find some spiders!


  1. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin asserts spiders do tell flys about their webs — on flybook, flygram, telefly, xflyster, etc. — there are numerous advertflys, flyposters, and inflyencers promoting the best spider web: “So attractive you’ll never leave!”, “The locals will be delighted to see you!”, “Comfortable seaside hammocks!”, and so on, including quack flyinics (e.g., “Our relaxing enmeshing technology will drain all your worries away, never to return!”).

  2. mordred says

    Same with software development and the other IT stuff. I mean, I just logged out of my job for today and immediately started working on my new Raspberry PI.

  3. KG says

    “Will you walk into my parlour?” said a spider to a fly;
    ” ‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.
    The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
    And I have many pretty things to shew when you are there.”
    “Oh no, no!” said the little fly, “to ask me is in vain,
    For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

    "I'm sure you must be weary, with soaring up so high,
    Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the spider to the fly.
    "There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin;
    And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in."
    "Oh no, no!" said the little fly, "for I've often heard it said,
    They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

    Said the cunning spider to the fly, "Dear friend, what shall I do,
    To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
    I have, within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
    I'm sure you're very welcome – will you please to take a slice?"
    "Oh no, no!" said the little fly, "kind sir, that cannot be,"
    I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see."

    "Sweet creature!" said the spider, "you're witty and you're wise.
    How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
    I have a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
    If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
    "I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say,
    And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

    The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
    For well he knew, the silly fly would soon come back again:
    So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner, sly,
    And set his table ready, to dine upon the fly.
    Then he went out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
    "Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
    Your robes are green and purple – there's a crest upon your head;
    Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead."

    Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
    Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
    With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
    Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue:–
    Thinking only of her crested head, poor foolish thing! – At last
    Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast.

    He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
    Within his little parlour – but she ne'er came out again!
    – And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
    To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
    Unto an evil counsellor, close heart, and ear, and eye,
    And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.[1]
    — Mary Howitt (1829)