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What IS THAT????
Published on May 28, 2008 By KarmaGirl In Internet

*note* I know that this is not "Internet" related, but I wanted it to cross post with WC....that, and I'm too lazy to post on both sites.

I've been at Stardock for a billion years.  With that, I have been able to score a windowed office.  This particular office overlooks the pond at the back of the building.

I have seen some weird things out there, like groundhogs climbing trees, birds that look like aliens (see: http://forums.joeuser.com/156307) and stuff like that. 

So, the other day, I was wandering out of my office to go get coffee (which is across the hall- the coffee maker deserves its own article because it's just too cool) and saw this out of the corner of my eye:

My brain thought: Damn, that is one freakin' huge spider!.  Then my brain thought: WHAT THE HELL IS THAT???!!!!

I stood staring at it in horror until it moved.  Here's a link to a closer look:

http://files.joeuser.com/angie/whatISit.jpg


Comments (Page 2)
on May 28, 2008
Spiders of a feather????

It does look like one though. Big sucker!
on May 28, 2008
Hmmm, we get some pretty big spiders here in Queensland Australia... was thinking for a while there I might have to get the one we have out in the shed to come eat yours... so's Stardockers with important jobs (coding/support/dev, etc) wouldn't turn around in the car park and go right home again. Now we couldn't have that, now could we!!!

Fortunately it turned out to be a bunch of quackers... cos honestly, I'd have had a hard time explaining to immigration (both ends) why an excess luggage toting huntsman needed a passport/visa.

*** will see if I can snap a piccy of it (hopefully it's still there), cos fairdinkum, legs n' all it'd easily be the size of a sandwich plate. ***
on May 28, 2008
Haw! The Impersonating Duckling Troupe strikes again.

@starkers:
Yeah, them huntsmen can get pretty big.
Had a friend grab a huge one and stick it in his cap to scare his girlfriend and her friend. Gutsy fool that one.
He coaxed into his hat, put it on his head, then went inside to where the girls were sitting and made small-talk for a while, then took his hat off.
You can just imagine what happened then...

Suffice it to say the girls weren't pleased and needed a change of pants.

I personally like the ones with big long orange legs and huge bulbous butts that would really mess up your shoes if you stepped on 'em. They're scary looking.
on May 28, 2008

The Impersonating Duckling Troupe strikes again.

They had this idea that impersonating a spider would make them safer from predatory birds....

 

OK....so we've all heard the phrase 'bird-brained' ...

on May 28, 2008
wow that really looks like a spider from a distance. shocked to see what it really is! whoah!
on May 28, 2008
Being arachnophobic, I have no idea why I chose to read the article, but you had me there for a minute. The hyperventilation began, and when I clicked on the enlargement, my poor little mind took a minute to see the ducks; it still was in "oh-no-spiders-freak-out" mode.

Nice one, KarmaGirl.

That's...awesomely scary.
on May 28, 2008


hehehe good one KarmaGirl, I would have sworn it was a tarantula!!!
on May 29, 2008

That was great!  It took me a while to sort out the close up.  At first I was thinking that was a pretty soft and  fuzzy spider.  Kinda cuddly in a not get too close to me kinda way.

on May 29, 2008
I personally like the ones with big long orange legs and huge bulbous butts that would really mess up your shoes if you stepped on 'em.


Hehe, no stepping on this one out in the shed (tho I haven't seen it today)... well put it this way, it's big a enough beast to throw a saddle over, tho it'd have a four leg advantage in *say* the Melbourne Cup.

Me! Well the huntsman spider doesn't bother/worry/frighten me, but the whitetail is a whole different story, being that anti-venom does nothing for the subsequent flesh eating after being bitten. Been there and it took well over 18 months before the wound even began to heal... and I still have issues with it still breaking out almost 20 years later... NASTY!

Read on Yahoo 7 yesterday that more people in Oz are hospitalised by spider bites than through snake, croc and/or shark bites, so they're nasty critter orright.
on May 29, 2008

 

hehehe good one KarmaGirl, I would have sworn it was a tarantula!!!

Yeah, that was what my brain associated it with.  Your brain is funny that way- if you don't know what it is, your brain decides on what it is based on previous experiences.  If there is ever a tarantula that big in Michigan- I'm moving!

Me! Well the huntsman spider doesn't bother/worry/frighten me, but the whitetail is a whole different story, being that anti-venom does nothing for the subsequent flesh eating after being bitten. Been there and it took well over 18 months before the wound even began to heal... and I still have issues with it still breaking out almost 20 years later... NASTY!

I'm never going to visit you....ever.

 

on May 29, 2008
but the whitetail is a whole different story, being that anti-venom does nothing for the subsequent flesh eating after being bitten. Been there and it took well over 18 months before the wound even began to heal... and I still have issues with it still breaking out almost 20 years later... NASTY!


Yikes! Please keep them down under - and off the Boat!
on May 29, 2008

and off the Boat!

Oh, good point!  We seem to get evil imports lately.

on May 29, 2008

Holy crap, Batman!LOL!  I didn't realise!

on May 29, 2008
If there is ever a tarantula that big in Michigan- I'm moving!


Actually they make nice quiet pets!!!
on May 29, 2008
apparently I'm the only farm girl, because I stared at that photo for ten minutes trying to find a spider but could only see ducklings... wondered if there was a spider on a duckling or if they were tryign to eat said spider.... then read everything and reallized that the huddle looked kinda like a tarantula if you didn't look too closely.
boy do I feel silly
cute babies btw.