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Old 02-28-2013, 11:34 AM  
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A Break From The Alex Smith Drama: Urbanization Is Supersizing Spiders

City living brings with it a few shifts in lifestyle compared to rural habitation: shorter commutes, accessible shops and, often, an over-reliance on restaurant dining and fast food. Another side effect of the congested, cramped, cement-laded city life is that the temperature tends to be a little warmer year-round, a shift known as the “urban heat island” effect.

As it turns out, these changes aren’t only affecting cities’ human populations. In Australia, where spiders already have a propensity to be terrifyingly large, new research by University of Sydney PhD candidate Lizzy Lowe, says The Age, found that Sydney’s higher temperatures and easier access to food are driving the spiders to grow even bigger.

She studied the golden orb weaver in three types of environments in and around Sydney – urban parks, remnant bushland and continuous bushland. Twenty sites were studied and, for each spider web found, she assessed its proximity to man-made objects and vegetation.

Comparing the sizes of the spiders, she found that the city spiders outpaced the country spiders. And, though her research focused only on Golden orb weaver spiders, she suggests that the same effect can probably be seen in other species.

A female golden orb weaver spider. Photo: Arthur Chapman


http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...izing-spiders/
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:25 PM   #46
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #47
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Well, you just go ahead and ♥ spiders all you want. I'll be smashing the little bastards with my shoe.
Yeah, well I'll have no sympathy when you find one hiding in your bed sheets tonight..

Bet you look...
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:39 PM   #48
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Well, you just go ahead and ♥ spiders all you want. I'll be smashing the little bastards with my shoe.
This.


Or with like, a rock or something.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:55 PM   #49
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Yeah, well I'll have no sympathy when you find one hiding in your bed sheets tonight..

Bet you look...
And... I'm not going to bed tonight. Thanks a lot.

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Or with like, a rock or something.
Heh. I don't always smash them. I saw a huge ass spider walking across my bathroom floor once. I had just stepped out of the shower, so I wasn't prepared for a "spider smashing". So, I grabbed a plastic container and trapped the little shit. Then, I sprayed a piece of paper with hairspray. Very carefully, I lifted the container and slid the paper under it. That spider was all messed up an hour later.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:04 PM   #50
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Yeah, well I'll have no sympathy when you find one hiding in your bed sheets tonight..

Bet you look...

Or maybe hiding behind her clock.
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Heh. I don't always smash them. I saw a huge ass spider walking across my bathroom floor once. I had just stepped out of the shower, so I wasn't prepared for a "spider smashing". So, I grabbed a plastic container and trapped the little shit. Then, I sprayed a piece of paper with hairspray. Very carefully, I lifted the container and slid the paper under it. That spider was all messed up an hour later.
I always smash them and I enjoy ****ing around with venomous snakes.

I do not mess around when it comes to spiders.
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Reminds me of that movie Eight Legged Freaks. I haven't watched it since I was, like, 11 but I'd be willing to bet its ****ing terrible.

Also, spiders are cool as shit. Easily the least annoying crawly-thingy out there. They do give me the willies, the way they "scuttle" around though.

Even so, I let them live if I see them in my house. Actually, earlier today a tiny one dropped down right in front of my laptop while I was watching a movie. I just grabbed the web and set him on the floor. Gonna let him keep doing his work.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:26 PM   #53
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Or maybe hiding behind her clock.
Perhaps someplace cool and humid. Behind the toilet bowl is a popular hangout I hear.
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Perhaps someplace cool and humid. Behind the toilet bowl is a popular hangout I hear.
Or maybe in between the toilet's water tank and the wall behind it. You know, so you would never see it until you were completely relaxed on the toilet, and it climbed around the tank and into your lap or perhaps up over your shoulder.
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Or maybe in between the toilet's water tank and the wall behind it. You know, so you would never see it until you were completely relaxed on the toilet, and it climbed around the tank and into your lap or perhaps up over your shoulder.


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Problem solved.
But now you have to crap on a pile of broken ceramic. Master the hover squat.
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Listen to this little fella sing and dance trying to get that spider booty. You can't tell me that's not hilarious and adorable...

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But now you have to crap on a pile of broken ceramic. Master the hover squat.
No worries about me mastering the hover squat. I'm scared that a damn spider is going to bite my butt now.
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