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Are Giant Spiders A Monstrous Myth?

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Monstrous spiders of gargantuan size are perennially popular subjects in science fiction 'B' movies as well as in classic fantasy novels such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but could such beasts exist in reality? The current record-holder for the title of world's largest spider is Rosi - a 12-year-old captive female specimen of South America's goliath bird-eating spider.

http://karlshuker.bl...us-myth-or.html

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The only gargantuan spider that is fine by me is this little girl and that is because she won't bite ...despite being 50 feet tall.

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Spiders have been demonised thanks to nursery rhymes such as Little Miss Muffet.

Consider the cute sweetie spiders like Charlotte in Charlotte's Web and Miss Spider as fiction. Heroic spiderlike people such as Spiderman and Spider woman. Or the cosmic goddess spiders like the wise Spider Grandmother belief in Amerind folklore and beliefs. J.K. Rowling and Tolkien are some of the best writers of modern fairytale but they've not helped arachnophobia with their scary evil spiders.

Real spiders are like this:

http://picsandstuff.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/jumping-spider.jpg

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I have always been fascinated by spiders. Now snakes, you can have them....

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I'd find a way to smoosh even the biggest spider. I'm Ok with snakes. Not spiders. They move too quick.

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That jumping spider is so cute! I like snakes too as long as they are outside.

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This thread is way to scary for me..

I'm outta here! cry2.gif

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Spiders are 8 legged beasts of the devil. Hell bent on human destruction. They will stalk you while you sleep, and kill you til your dead.

Mike

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If you want to live and thrive,let a spider run alive

I was brought up to think it is bad luck to kill spiders,I regard them as friends because they kill flies

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I wonder how the Alien contact crowd would react, if what climb out of a UFO bore a passing resemble to a giant spider and even fed like an arachnid on a store of live food?

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One of my proudest inventions: the spider ladder.

You know how spiders are really good at getting trapped in sinks and bathtubs, requiring husbandly squishing and removal? Not being an eager squisher, I devised a solution that keeps everyone happy.

Take a short length of toilet paper, say a foot, moisten one end and stick that end to the top of the sink, letting the rest dangle down inside. Then go away and after a while the spider will climb the 'ladder' and be on its way. :yes:

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I know that a lot of online mythology about giant spiders came during the Gulf War and people sending back photos of giant "camel spiders".

Fake pics like this one....

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sure didn't help.

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I don't really know why you guys are scared of spiders so much, they just have lots of legs and stuff....

but Mantises, they're demon-spawn, and they suck your soul with their eyes till you go hollow.

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Spiders need to stay the hell away from me lest they get squished

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Spiders need to stay the hell away from me lest they get squished

I have killed dozens of spiders in videogames, including a half human/half spider hybrid boss, so I'm not scared. They're all pretty big, and if I saw one in real life, I'm prepared.

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I'm not as prepared as i should be, but when the giant alien spider invasion comes i will be ready.

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Spiders you'll ever see are smaller than a mouse. On average these are ladybird sized or tinier.

Did you know that as humans you're big giant monsters to these little creatures?

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The question is, are spiders getting bigger?

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My wife HATES spiders. Can't abide them being in the house at all. Since my daughter has turned 6, she's become the household spider smasher. She'll smash anything that walks or crawls that is smaller then a quarter. But we had one of those big orb garden spiders in the backyard and she wanted nothing to do with that bad boy. Myself, I usually capture them if possible and toss them over the back fence, as a symbolic gesture that they are now Gone.

We've had a few Really Big jumping spiders this year. They look like they have a happy face on their abdomen and are bigger then a man's (mine) thumbnail. I thought they were cool, but everyone else wanted them dead. Me and daughter took them to the woods and released them from the jar we had them in.

Let me see if I can find a pic of one online.....

506e3bbf495baJumpingSpider_Lomo_large_medium.jpg

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I tend to leave Spiders alone outside, but inside a Shop Vac works best.

There's not enough Oxygen in today's atmosphere for very large Spiders.

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I tend to leave Spiders alone outside, but inside a Shop Vac works best.

There's not enough Oxygen in today's atmosphere for very large Spiders.

I've read that there the idea of higher oxygen equaling bigger animals and insects is just that, an idea. There isn't any soft tissues from those giant animals to confirm that in fact the giants required more oxygen, and though there is a strong correlation between times of higher oxygen and larger animals (including spiders) that such has not been proven. It is imply the leading theory.

If giant insects (and spiders) used a somewhat different breathing system, with some way to pump the oxygen/air around their bodies, they could in theory grow to many times their current largest size.

https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/big-big-bugs

Scientists often consider several explanations for a puzzling observation like super-sized insects. Harrison points out that while there is good evidence to support the hypothesis that a prehistoric pulse in oxygen caused evolution of giant insect, there is no direct evidence. There are no living giant insects, or fossils of their tracheae. As a result, biologists are forced to study the next best thing: related insects still alive and crawling and flying today. A convincing test of the oxygen pulse hypothesis will depend on evidence from studies on many of these insects.

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My wife HATES spiders. Can't abide them being in the house at all. Since my daughter has turned 6, she's become the household spider smasher. She'll smash anything that walks or crawls that is smaller then a quarter. But we had one of those big orb garden spiders in the backyard and she wanted nothing to do with that bad boy. Myself, I usually capture them if possible and toss them over the back fence, as a symbolic gesture that they are now Gone.

We've had a few Really Big jumping spiders this year. They look like they have a happy face on their abdomen and are bigger then a man's (mine) thumbnail. I thought they were cool, but everyone else wanted them dead. Me and daughter took them to the woods and released them from the jar we had them in.

Let me see if I can find a pic of one online.....

506e3bbf495baJumpingSpider_Lomo_large_medium.jpg

Cute cuddly looking fluffball of a very pretty spider :wub:

Great photo DieChecker!

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I have killed dozens of spiders in videogames, including a half human/half spider hybrid boss, so I'm not scared. They're all pretty big, and if I saw one in real life, I'm prepared.

Fallout?

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As much as i dislike spiders, i do enjoy movies with monster spiders.. :P

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