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A Brief Respite from Elephant Day
October 8, 2006 1:20 PM   Subscribe

Giant Spiders is a website run by Guy Tansley, who spends his time collecting and photographing mankind's greatest known enemy, the Giant Spider, hopefully immediately prior to crushing them to death.
posted by jonson (28 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

*ahem*

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
posted by kbanas at 1:28 PM on October 8, 2006


squick squick squick
posted by craven_morhead at 1:30 PM on October 8, 2006


super squick on "known" link
posted by craven_morhead at 1:30 PM on October 8, 2006


Yes, but what about elephants?
posted by whoshotwho at 1:33 PM on October 8, 2006


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

LIZARD HINDBRAIN DEMANDS SMASH

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
posted by loquacious at 1:37 PM on October 8, 2006


Elephants could totally crush all these nasty spiders. That is why they need to be protected.
posted by LarryC at 1:37 PM on October 8, 2006


The elephant and the spider. More here.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:37 PM on October 8, 2006


If the giant spider is in fact our greatest known enemy (which sounds about right), then what they say about keeping your enemies closer than your friends is the worst advice ever. Oh my goodness those photos freak me out.
posted by tepidmonkey at 1:41 PM on October 8, 2006


Seriously. Holy crap.

I know objectively that I should at least consider them beautiful.

But there's just nothing about that picture, or nothing in my decidedly mammalian brain that makes me think/feel "Oh, how cute. Fuzzy little mamma and her fuzzy little spiderlings."

All my mammalian brain wants to do is react, and it wants to react simultaneously with fire and smashing, hopefully in the form of some kind of club-torch like object, say, a burning log.

Or a whole telephone pole farm full of burning logs. Dropped on the site from orbit.

Y'know, we're going to be pretty much doomed if we ever make contact with an arachnid (or insectoid) extra-terrestrial life form. Or they are. But one of us is going down. I can only hope any such visitors come from a planet with much less gravity than ours.
posted by loquacious at 1:45 PM on October 8, 2006


The "greatest" link is very pretty.
posted by brundlefly at 1:45 PM on October 8, 2006


*rocking back and forth in foetal position in the corner*
posted by PenDevil at 1:55 PM on October 8, 2006


I was about to say "Hey, no cobalt blues?" but yeah, there were photos of those psychotic bastards there. *shudder*

Spiders and I don't get along so well, so much so that while browsing around online for an image to use on a joke motivational poster I was horribly sidetracked upon seeing some freaky-ass spider photo. The end result was this.
posted by Stunt at 2:10 PM on October 8, 2006 [1 favorite]


Y'know, we're going to be pretty much doomed if we ever make contact with an arachnid (or insectoid) extra-terrestrial life form. Or they are. But one of us is going down.

I just hope they're as revolted by us as we are by them. I don't want them cozying up to our womenfolk.

Or menfolk.
posted by fleetmouse at 2:13 PM on October 8, 2006


Well, jonson, you can just rock me to sleep tonight, thank you very much.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:25 PM on October 8, 2006


One of the harder parts of moving to england is that they don't have screens on the windows and they have lots of these that get in your house. I actually do a visual sweep of my bedroom every night before I sleep.
posted by srboisvert at 2:44 PM on October 8, 2006


This is why Half Life is so damn scary. Just imagine if these things could jump on to your face.
posted by phrontist at 2:45 PM on October 8, 2006


Oh for cute. They're fuzzy!

In all seriousness, this weekend where I seriously considered buying a pair of these.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 3:00 PM on October 8, 2006


Kid Charlemagne, those slippers are seriously like the worst things ever. They're even worse than the Homer Simpson ones where you shove your foot in his mouth.

However, I would love to have a pair of those and a room full of shrieking preschoolers.
posted by loquacious at 4:14 PM on October 8, 2006


spider site is down!

I BLAME ELEPHANTS!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 6:06 PM on October 8, 2006


Interestingly, the Spiderians are more closely related to our elephants than our spiders.
posted by Citizen Premier at 6:17 PM on October 8, 2006


I love spiders. Not enough to have unnatural relations with them (not just 'cause of that that whole "eat the male" thing they have going), but enough to know that I must have those slippers.
posted by bonehead at 8:01 PM on October 8, 2006


Aw come on...spiders are cute.

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posted by dhruva at 8:07 PM on October 8, 2006


check out my desktop image, which is a cool macro I just took of a spider. I really do love taking pictures of spiders. I have more if for any reason anyone is interested...
posted by Citizen Premier at 12:00 AM on October 9, 2006


Alas, srboisvert, screens make no difference. Those suckers can get inside the house even when every normal entry-way is blocked. I think the urban legend of them coming in through the drain pipes may actually be true. That, or they find a way in from the loft. Persistent little fellas, no matter how many times I evict them, they just keep coming back.
posted by ArkhanJG at 12:12 AM on October 9, 2006


I really like spiders, actually. Never understood the fear of them (the non-poisonous kind anyway... if something can kill you, yes, you should be scared). Same thing with snakes, which I really like. Wasps and bees, on the other hand, scare the hell out of me. You never know what those crazy fuckers will do.
posted by brundlefly at 1:12 AM on October 9, 2006


brundlefly: Word! I can't stand wasps myself. I'll be quietly watching them when suddenly they take it into their head to try to go into my ear or something. And since i work with bees, it took a lot of self control and slow moving to get used to it.

Citizen Premier: Awesome!

urban legend of them coming in through the drain pipes


spider myths
posted by dhruva at 5:27 AM on October 9, 2006


I can't get it. :( My stupid ISP isn't letting me see it. Does anyone have an IP address I can try? Sometimes using that works better. I WANNA SEE THE GIANT SPIDERS!
posted by Salmonberry at 1:59 PM on October 9, 2006


Never mind. Got it now. Fuzzy!
posted by Salmonberry at 8:56 PM on October 9, 2006


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