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Black Widow Spiders Had A Vital Role in WWII

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  1. ZackyDog

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    Due to their stronger-than-steel thread. More here.


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    Ironically, I was talking with a buddy about spider webs, earlier today. He basically mentioned the same thing, about their strength.
     
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    bomb sight cross hairs?....
     
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    Yup. That's what the Norden bombsight used IIRC. The silk was thin enough not to obscure the target when magnified in the sight, but strong enough not to break during assembly.
     
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    Growing up, I knew every square inch of our family's yard. Nothing went on that I didn't know about. Including spider web construction. On a bright noon summer day, I happened across a big web made by a big spider. That was an ugly spider, with gold and brown markings on his back, and white, rattlesnake-looking skin on his underbelly. I almost get shivers recalling this [Note to my fans: come back and read this sentence again, after I start a new thread (sorry) about emotional reactions to art. Not now, but soon.] He was about an inch and a half long and three-quarters of an inch wide.

    I stared at him for a few minutes, taking in not only the way he looked, but also the way that I felt. I returned maybe 8 times over 3 days, each time getting more practiced at controlling my yuck/eek/eewww! sensation, learning to dial that feeling up or down.

    Unlike other animals that are spent time with outside, I didn't develop any kind of bond at all with the spider. After a few days, I felt that I didn't have any new feelings to observe in myself while staring at the spider. What to do, what to do? So, I grabbed a rock and eliminated the threat.
     
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    Since there were humans or even things close to humans - this reaction has occurred.

    Should be written in quotes though - "the threat".
     
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    when i was a kid, i use to throw flies in spider webs and watch spiders pack the flies in a white cocoon or something. I felt lucky there wasn t big enough spiders to pack me in that sort of cocoon.
     
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    Did you then go on to lead a rebellion against the English and take back the Scottish crown?
     
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    Spiders are cool-except for poisonous ones. I say this as a parent with kids.

    When we first moved into our new house 2miles from Smallville Texas I must have killed 30-40 Black Widows that year. They like to build sloppy webs close to the ground. They're beautiful creatures but not on my house.
     
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    I used to work at a lumberyard down south years ago. Seemed like under every pile of lumber was a black widow nest. Squash!!!
     
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    So cool how we derive tech from nature. This stuff is fascinating!
     
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    No one spotted the Mediterranean Black Widow above? You guys don't know your widow spiders.


    The only time I have seen a black widow in real life is when a classmate brought one to school (circa 1978) in a thick glass jar. I felt safe but it was still intimidating.


    This guy finds them in volume (yikes!):


     
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    They're all over the hanger I work in, and there's more than a few in our garage. I check anything I happen to pick up there.

    Kill them, kill them with fire!!!:D
     
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    Black Widow spiders are creepy...
     
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    Don't need to. Any spider at all...and I'm pulling my piece...:lol:
     
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    Mine live in the water meter housing under the plate flap entrance in the front yard. Love this time of year when the water table gets high. They'll be back tho'. Turning the water off to do any type of plumbing work can be a bit freaky if you know what I'm sayin'. I don't have a "water company wrench" with extended handle, just an adjustable cresent. Leather gloves are a must.
     
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    I did too.

    I've been bit twice by poisonous spiders which I didn't see or feel until the bites swelled up and the poison started working. One bit me in the face and I had to do IV antibiotics for a week. both made me pretty sick. I don't know if they were black widows or brown recluses.
     
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