Monday, December 3rd, 2012
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Up Next: Giant Spiders

"[A] 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 grow even bigger."

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deepomega (#1,720)

CHRISTMAS SPIDERS

hershmire (#233,671)

We're moving ever closer to the final Spider/Rat War that will consume Manhattan.

City_Dater (#2,500)

@hershmire

If you think the roaches and waterbugs aren't going to have some exoskeleton in that game, you are sadly mistaken.

Multiphasic (#411)

I call bodysnarking.

BadUncle (#153)

Yes, but until they cross-breed with man-eating fish, I'll only have to worry about Sharaknid vs. Spidopus on the Scifi channel.

NominaStultorum (#1,638)

Made my day seeing somebody else who remembers that Devin Davis album! Even if you hid it in the tags. Great song.

tiemposbuenos (#10,137)

I lived in Western Australia for 5 years as a teenager and there was a gigantic spider – the biggest I've ever seen, and yellow – with a perfect (sinister) web outside my bedroom window. We tried to destroy its web a few times with a broomstick and kill it with insecticide, but it'd always be back with its perfect web the next day. I knew rationally that it couldn't break the glass in my window and kill me, but nevertheless it was terrifying.

Western Australia is like the land of giant mutant death animals.

Pixa (#232,255)

Looks like we'll have to brush up on our spider catching techniques.

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