SPIDERS

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    Aug 09, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    Do you fear them?

    If so what is your reaction?

    Do you scream like a girl, and demand another kill it?

    Do you grab the bug spay, and use enough to not only kill the spider, but do damage to yourself?

    I myself do not fear spiders, and have Redback Spiders living in my garage. I let them be, most of the time.

    But it gets me, when someone who is afraid of them and sights one, and demands "I" go kill it, when I don't enjoy killing things, and when I refuse they become abusiveicon_rolleyes.gif

    So do you fear them, and if so what is your reaction?
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    Aug 09, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    I must admit. Something that does make me laugh, is seeing a growen man, scream and go running at the sight of a wee spider.icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 09, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
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    Aug 09, 2009 3:35 AM GMT

    Don't like 'em. Never have. I squash the bastards whenever possible.

    Now give me a snake, lizzard, or honey bee any day.
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    Aug 09, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    twomack said
    Don't like 'em. Never have. I squash the bastards whenever possible.

    Now give me a snake, lizzard, or honey bee any day.


    i must admit not fearing them, I do not fully if at all understand, why another would.

    I don't fear snakes, but because I have dogs, I would have it removed, as Australia has some of the worlds most venomous snake, and spiders too.

    I have lots of Blue Tongue lizards in my garden, and do my best to protect them from the dogs.

    I think the one real time I did feel some fear, was scuba diving with sharks. But their beauty and grace took over, and I was in o're of them. Magnificent creatures, and something people want too kill out of fear.
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    Aug 09, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    I usually catch them and let them loose on the window ledge outside. I grew up with Black Widows under every loose board and in every shed and barn on the farm. In the gardens we had the big orb weaver garden spiders and various crab spiders, jumping zebra spiders and a whole assortment of what would fall into the wolf spider category. We had Brown Recluses and Hobo spiders too. But other than the Widows, they were the only dangerous ones around.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 09, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    I've never been afraid of spiders, or snakes or anything else for that matter. Even big spiders, I'll just pick them up with a piece of paper or something and put them outside. When I was little, my grandma used to have these HUGE spiders in the widows of her garage, and I used to catch flies and things and then throw them when they were still alive into the web so I could watch the spiders zip over and wrap them up in silk and kill them. Kind of creepy, but so cool!
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:20 AM GMT
    Oh it's all just words until you wake up one morning and find a Goliath Bird-Eating spider staring at you while sitting on your chest. Ha.

    You aren't gonna pick THAT up with a piece of paper. LOL.

    Most people fear spiders because of the appearance thing and the fact that they just show up any and everywhere when you least expect them to be. They also have an association with the night and as we all know most bizarre creatures come out at night and the night itself does a pretty good job of instilling fear in people.

    I think it's perfectly natural for people to be afraid of at least one thing whether they are aware of it nor not. Spiders are no exception. While I would prefer not to have them around me at all I don't go out of my way looking for them just to kill them, however, if I see one in my presence like in my bathtub or bedroom or under my sink cabinet I will kill it. I consider it preventative maintenance.
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    Spiders are my friends.

    I let them live in my basement because i know they are killing any other bugs down there.

    Besides, remember Charlotte's Web? Who could possibly kill Charlotte?
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    Aug 09, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI usually catch them and let them loose on the window ledge outside. I grew up with Black Widows under every loose board and in every shed and barn on the farm. In the gardens we had the big orb weaver garden spiders and various crab spiders, jumping zebra spiders and a whole assortment of what would fall into the wolf spider category. We had Brown Recluses and Hobo spiders too. But other than the Widows, they were the only dangerous ones around.


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    Aug 09, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    I love you Obscene
  • OptimusMatt

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    Aug 09, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    Spiders are evil personified. Look at the way they walk - calculated evil with every step. Wheni was a kid I would squeal like a girl at the sight of one - now, if they are outside, I let them live. But they die a very squishy death when I find them inside my home. The way I look at it, if I was a bug and stumbled into a spiders home it would kill me in a heartbeat - I am simply returning the favour.

    I do recognize that it's a pretty illogical fear, but I've been terrified by them since I saw the movie 'Arachniphobia' at the tender age of 5. *shudder*

    Remember - if a spider was big enough to kill you, it would, with no hesitation.
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    Aug 09, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    Nice to Spiders Pictures, Images and Photos

    http://www.amazon.com/Nice-Spiders-Margaret-Bloy-Graham/dp/0060220724/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249794538&sr=8-1

    One of my favorite books as a kid.
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    Aug 09, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    MattysTC saidSpiders are evil personified. Look at the way they walk - calculated evil with every step. Wheni was a kid I would squeal like a girl at the sight of one - now, if they are outside, I let them live. But they die a very squishy death when I find them inside my home. The way I look at it, if I was a bug and stumbled into a spiders home it would kill me in a heartbeat - I am simply returning the favour.

    I do recognize that it's a pretty illogical fear, but I've been terrified by them since I saw the movie 'Arachniphobia' at the tender age of 5. *shudder*

    Remember - if a spider was big enough to kill you, it would, with no hesitation.



    Ugh, same here with that movie. icon_mad.gif

    I don't know why but I just can't stand spiders. Though it may have something to do with that movie and the way I saw thousands of spiders writhing all over each other when I closed my eyes for weeks on end after watching that movie.

    Needless to say I now have a nice phobia of them, ha ha.
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    Aug 09, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Spiders!!! Anyone that personally knows me. Knows that I'll die if I see one.

    I start to shake.

    My eyes start to water

    I feel like I can't breath.

    I start yelling for someone to get it.

    I almost threw up one time.

    That's one of the reasons why I hate living in Arizona!!!!!!!! Curses!

    Tarantula here Tarantula there!

    I remember my 9th grade science teacher lost her Tarantula in her class room one day. My foot did not touch the ground for a good hour.

    That's the only thing that terrifies me.


    And I hate how they pop out of no where.


    The camp leaders at band camp told us to watch out for brown recluses when I was at camp. "Ughhh!! If i knew that shit! I would have never paid that $400 for camp!!"

    Their venom eats your flesh!!
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    Aug 09, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    I grew up to the cultural tradition of spider-fighting. We'd catch spiders (only those from several specific species we call 'damang', the poisonous ones are called, ahem, spiders) and let them fight each other. Housing them in matchboxes in the meantime. Animal cruelty, but by then I was too young to consider the ramifications of fun.

    I'm definitely not scared of them now. But what I do depends on what kind of spiders they are. The poisonous ones, I usually squash when found inside the house. Although if they run fast enough, I stop worrying. They rarely if ever get in a situation where they bite you anyway. The rest I leave alone. Certain spiders are even beautiful in their own way. From the astonishing apparent intelligence of the jumping spiders, to the jewel hues of crab spiders in flowers and those squat squarish spiders which disguise themselves as their eaten food (which we call 'batman' spiders, since their red, white, or yellow markings resemble Batman's logo. They are actually quite adorable slow moving creatures with very sticky webs).

    My only real phobia in the 'bug' world are caterpillars. And even I know how irrational that phobia was, but it was imprinted from a nasty childhood experience with a large inchworm pretending to be a stick. *shudders*
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    Aug 09, 2009 11:09 AM GMT
    Spiders good.
    Squishing bad.
    Mongo more likely to get sick from other bugs than die from spider bite. Spiders eat other bugs.
    Mongo no squish no more.
    Mongo catch in plastic cup and take outside.
    Unless scary silver-eyed clown named Pennywise come around, then Mongo start Ritual of Chüd and not let go!
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    Aug 09, 2009 11:22 AM GMT
    26mileman saidSpiders are my friends.

    I let them live in my basement because i know they are killing any other bugs down there.

    Besides, remember Charlotte's Web? Who could possibly kill Charlotte?


    I get huntsmen in the house, and let them be, as they eat flies. I remember one night laying on the setee, and I could see all these wee black dots on the ceiling. So I got up and had a look and it was hundreds of baby huntsmen I was so icon_biggrin.gif
  • kita

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    Aug 09, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    To be honest, on some level I can understand being afraid of spiders. After all, they can bite and it hurts. That should be reason enough of try to avoid them.

    On the other hand, fear of butterflies is surprisingly common here in Japan. That's one I just cant figure out.
  • dh__

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    Aug 09, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    not afraid so long as it's not on me. generally, I kill them out of fear that they will get on me.
    generally I avoid most bugs if i can help it. they just creep me out
  • 2theTEE

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    Aug 09, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    Nah, I don't fear 'em. If I see 'em in my home, I'll usually just set 'em free outside.

    When I was younger, I used to fling ants into their webs. If more than anything, I just wanna see 'em well fed.
  • Mepark

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
    I didn't until last week.... when I woke up next to one.
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    Aug 10, 2009 12:30 AM GMT
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    26mileman saidSpiders are my friends.

    I let them live in my basement because i know they are killing any other bugs down there.

    Besides, remember Charlotte's Web? Who could possibly kill Charlotte?


    I get huntsmen in the house, and let them be, as they eat flies. I remember one night laying on the setee, and I could see all these wee black dots on the ceiling. So I got up and had a look and it was hundreds of baby huntsmen I was so icon_biggrin.gif


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    WHAT A NIGHTMARE! EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE EXPLETIVE!

    There's no way, I would die if I had hundreds of spiders living in the same space as me. Hence the reason I kill any and all of them in sight, that and because they bite me in my sleep when all the flies are gone. icon_evil.gif
  • Rookz

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    Their ALL cute and fuzzy!

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    Aug 10, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I used to be really afraid of spiders, but not so much anymore. Just so long as they stay out of my house. For some strange reason, I really like tarantulas though.

    I heard that spiders are supposed to bring good luck...if you believe in that sort of thing, that is.