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Jan302006

Oh what wicked webs we weave.....

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Just say "No".
Check this out. This is what happens to a spider when you spike its drink. "A method of determining the toxicities of chemicals involves recording and analysis of spider web patterns. The method is based on the observation that spiders exposed to various chemicals spin webs that differ, in various ways, from their normal web. The changes in the web reflect the degree of toxicity of a substance. The more toxic the chemical the more deformed a web looks in comparison to a normal web. In as much as the shape of a spider web resembles that of a crystal lattice in some respects, techniques of crystallography are applied to obtain several quantitative measures of toxicity as manifested in the differences between photographs of webs spun under toxic and normal conditions."

Look what a few cups of Java do to a tarantula. Here's a link to better photos Web photos on the Web More webs of intrique here - arachnophiliac.co.uk the "source" but I originally found this story at one of my favourite blogs the excellent istanbullblog.blogspot.com Read the story on "The Exorcist Tour" - "American troops in Iraq have launched what has been dubbed "The Exorcist Experience", after discovering that the ancient ruins they were guarding provided the location for the 1973 horror classic's opening sequence." Cool blog.

Reader Comments (144)

That is very cool. And very frightening.

*drinks more coffee*
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
I've been watching "Rost in Transration" in French. WTF! Totally destroys it. No Bill Murray voice and they even dub the English-speaking Japanese into French. C'est bizarre.
January 30, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
C'est tres bizarre. That is just not right.

January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Wot does the beer drinkers web look like? Half finished and full of beer nuts and cigarette butts?
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Heh mushie.

Kinda scary isn't ti to think that things can affect one's brain so much. Okay, a spider has a brain the size of a pea (unless it's a huntsman, but lets not go there) so it is hard to extrapolate that to human brains - but still!!
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Hey all, now I've seen this before and have also seen a study on why Caffeine in particular has such an effect on spiders. Will try and find the source paper on the net.

But yes, it is scary. The alcohol one would be interesting, but then again, so would the Nicotine one!
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
The LSD web appears to be quite neat and tidy??? I also wonder what behavioural traits the spiders display when coming down off the stuff?
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
I just put up a link to clearer photos.
January 30, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
They'd probably feel like they needed to take a shower and listen to some soft techno music and maybe chill out with a few cones.
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Right. Here's where I admit to being a nun and never having done anything harder than caffeine and alcohol.

Never been happier about that fact than today....
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Hang on Mousehead...you seen the state of the Caffeine Smoker's web?
January 30, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
You are probably right mushie, oddly enough I am surprised the marijuana spider built a web at all as opposed to having a snooze under a leaf. Pretty shaky effort though, you can almost see the laziness!
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
Yes Mal, I did. I never claimed to be pure as the driven snow.

I just went and got another coffee too. Bring on the web spinning!!
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Supposedly, the spiders were fed drug-laced flies. Could this be an urban myth?
January 30, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Don't worry WCS, we can rectify this for you on thursday!
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
This may be one for the myth busters hehe.

The weed spider would have to make a web, anticipating the massive munchies attack he was about to be taken over by.

January 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
They fed him chocolate-coated flies next.
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
hang on, your NOT pure as driven snow, WCS? crap, how disppointing...

guess I'm the only one then...
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
Expanding on your theory mushie a post coital doobie for the female spider would surely accelerate the males demise.
January 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
Sorry to disappoint WJ - I may be a nun in some aspects but in others? Not so much...

And WJ, don't tell me you are trying to sell that old chestnut.
January 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS

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