Spider stories, or better yet, SPIDER STORIES!!!!!
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Spiders! Yech! Is there anything worse? (no Republican jokes please!)

Everyone's got their favorite spider story, when the little eight-legged aliens caused them so much fear.

I made a recent geeklist on an old job of mine and included one particularly creepy spider story (which I'll reprint here as a way to kick things off) that a got a lot of people talking.

Include your own stories on this. But only those that have legs (8 of them!).

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1. Board Game: Spider Wars [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:13299]
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I used to work at a bottled water plant. That is fully explained in my old geeklist http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/34601.

Our wells were near Pottstown, PA and were in disrepair, which prompted me to tell the director that some attention was needed. Our new quality director came from out of town and wanted to see the wells as I had told her they were not vandal proof. As luck would have it, this was a time of year when there was a spider infestation on the mountain where the wells are located. These spiders had the nasty habit of building webs between the trees about head high and made a maze out of the trip up the hill to the top well.

They looked like this:



This was already freaking out the QC Director and she looked ill. When we got to the top I demonstrated that the top well was insecure by pulling the entire double door assembly out of the well without unlocking it. When I did this, the largest spider I have ever seen in the wild (do wolf spiders grow to 5" across?) dropped from the top of the well hole onto the ground. It was big enough to make an audible 'plop' when it hit the ground and it scurried around the well into the brush. The director screamed, turned and retreated down the hill as fast as possible with the webs all around. Twice she ran into webs with her face.

She never visited the wells again.
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2. Board Game: Spiderrinth [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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My personal worst spider story harkens back to my last few days in college.

I was working on my thesis and rented a shoddy basement apartment for a month at the beginning of fall semester in Fargo, ND. After I moved all the boxes in, my wife and son (he was less than 1 year old at this point, he's now working on his Ph.D.) came over. When we opened the basement door a wolf spider about an inch across ran over my wife's foot and hid in the door moulding. This freaked her out and she went to huddle with my son in the middle of the bed. She had her 'radar' on as she likes to put it.

I went into the kitchen and found about a 2" wolf spider which I quickly disposed of without telling her. She started to scream when another spider ran across my son laying on the bed. At this point she was nearly hysterical.

Several minutes later she said she saw a huge one on the window curtain. I looked up and in the dark shadows I said that it couldn't be a spider as it was too big. Upon closer inspection she was right. This was the biggest freakin' (pardon my language, but bigger than the one in the well) wolf spider I have ever seen. It was just sitting there and not moving. I took my shoe and went up to it and remember arguing with myself as to what to do if I missed it. How could I miss it? It was right in front of my face high and stationary. I froze - it was that big. And guess what? I missed it, or it was big enough to withstand my strike (I've always told myself that it was the curtain that absorbed the blow) and ran into the baseboard heater.

We spent the rest of the night in a hotel and my wife and son left for her parents house in Philadelphia the next day. I never did sleep in that room again. I sacked out on the couch for the rest of the month.

Looking back, the whole night seemed like that Night Gallery episode with Peter Lawford where every time he killed this spider it came back bigger till it took over the bedroom.


This video kind of sums up my feelings (the spider I saw was bigger though):

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3. Board Game: Spider's Maze [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I was a scoutmaster in North Carolina in 1997 and one of the field trips that we took was to the State Capitol, Raliegh, and toured the state buildings and then the Science and Nature Museum (a great place if you're in the area). The museum was later in the day and I was seeking someplace to sit down for a while and came across the children's section of the museum.

There were plenty of hands-on demonstrations and tables and, especially, chairs.

On the way in, I noticed that they had a spider exhibit. These were spiders native to the shoreline of North Carolina and the exhibit consisted of a few sticks in a glass case with spiders hanging motionless from them. These things were huge as spiders go. They resembled black widows in shape but were an even gold in color. The females were easily 4" across and hung ominously from their webs. The males were lucky to reach 1". At first you don't believe that they're real as there's no motion going on so you have to look closely to see the pedipalps move or other small motions.

The tendency is to get closer to see such fearful things close up behind the safety of glass. And as you're watching you suddenly realize: there is no glass! These things are mere inches from your face and you jump back and immediately inspect yourself for stray arachnids on your body.

Apparently, these spiders for all their size and terror-inducing shape are completely harmless. As testified by their being allowed to exist in the open in the area of the children's museum.

At this point (once you're assured that there are none of the devil's constructions crawling around your clothes) you can sit back and watch others do the same thing and take solace in that you aren't the only one to fall for it.

I have seen one other display at the Durham Butterfly House at the Science museum. They have a small insectorium there which includes a rather large display of these spiders. Observers here can readily see that there is no separation between the viewers and the spiders as there is no wall at all from floor to cieling. The thing that creeps out people here is that the exhibit extends further on the ceiling than it does on the floor and all of a sudden you realize that these things are hanging above your head!

I think museum designers have a cruel streak sometimes.
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About 20 years ago I was working in Sydney, Australia. Before I left, everyone warned me about the dangerous natives. It turns out they were only joking about the people, but the snakes & creepy-crawlies were still a bit worrying.

Not long after I arrived, I moved from a hotel to some serviced apartments. On the second day, I returned home from work to find the biggest spider in the whole world stuck half way up a wall. I kid you not - it must have been about 6" diameter (well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it). I have no idea what type of spider it was. You think I care what type of spider it was? It was big, that's what type it was.

I didn't know what to do, so I tried ignoring it. I went out for a meal, hoping it would be gone when i returned, but no - it was still there. I went downstairs and asked the staff for advice, like "is it dangerous". They said "I wouldn't have thought so", but that didn't sound very definitive. I went out for the evening, again hoping it would be gone when I returned.

No! It was still there. I decided it probably was safe, and was probably more afraid of me that I was of it, so I went to bed.

Of course now I not only had the biggest spider in the whole world in my room, but it was dark! And then it struck me - I'd only seen this monster stationary. How fast would it move?

Finally, I just had to deal with it. It was too big, too scary, too ... meaty to trap under a glass and deposit outside. Eventually, I realised there was but one solution.

The 1986 Sydney telephone directory must have been about 3" thick. I wonder if they ever got the stains off the wall.
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I was walking out to our shed in the middle of the night with out a flash-light to look for something (I can't remember what), when all the sudden, I walked straight into a spider web. I stumbled back grabbing at my face trying to get it off as fast as I could. The thing is, just that day I saw a HUGE spider sitting in the same web, and that what I was thinking of the moment I ran into it!
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When my wife and I first started dating, I frequently stayed over at her apartment. I would keep a cup of water by the side of the bed, for those times when I woke up thirsty. There wasn't enough room on my side of the bed for an end table, so I would set it up on the electric heating unit that ran across the base of the wall. This was fine during the summer time, but during the winter, I had to set it on the floor.

One morning, I went to pick up the cup, and inside was a medium-large spider, probably 1-2 inches across. He was madly hopping up and down, trying to get out of the cup so as not to drown, and it took all of my will and resolve to pick up the cup, for fear of it jumping out and onto my arm. I managed to get it to the toilet before he got free, and I flushed him into oblivion.

Only later did I contemplate the "What if?" of me picking up the cup to drink from it in the middle of the night.
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7. Board Game: Web of Gold [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10149]
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Another one I had almost forgotten.

When I was younger (15?) I used to babysit for my cousins, three kids that lived about a mile from my house.

One time I was asked to babysit at the family's lake house on the southern shore of Lake Erie and said sure. We had a great time as usual and they all conked out on the sofa around ten o'clock. I was minding my own business reading when a medium size brown spider (the kind with the big abdomen) lowered itself onto the book I was reading. I jumped up and noticed that the whole place was turning into a spider-zoo. I don't know where they had been hiding or how they knew the timing but there were these same kind of spiders everywhere! They were lowering themselves down from the ceiling along the walls, from the rafters and on the tables. It was like a cheap horror flick. I woke the kids up and got them outside which didn't seem so infested.

When the parents got home they pooh-poohed the whole thing and said that it happens every night because they live so close to the water (hint: it's the moisture). They said they often wake up in the morning and stick their hands through thick webs to turn the lights on.

I never went back there, I guess I was too much of a wuss.
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8. Board Game: Beware of the Spider [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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This isn't my story but my dad's. When I was around 4 years old we lived in the port city of Vancouver, B.C. My dad was working on the docks at the time unloading stuff from ships. On this particular day he was working with this 6 foot something, over 200 pounds of muscle guy moving tires from a ship from South America. As my dad lifted a set of tires, 3 extremely large spiders jumped out. The co-worker was right beside my dad. These spiders jumped so high as to be at eye level with the guy. He let out this high pitched squeal & ran away. My dad laughed so hard he fell on his ass. He told me this story so I wouldn't be so freaked out by our more sedate spiders, didn't help. I still need to get my husband to move the spiders outside.
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I grew up in Virginia, along the Blue Ridge mountains. I and most of my friends belonged to the same scout troops as boys and we did quite a bit of camping. On one particular trip, we bunked down at a scout camp in these semi-permanent canvas tents that must have been military surplus. They smelled strongly of mildew (as did all our equipment), and had a rough floor made of wooden slats. On the plus side, they had wooden cots, which was a real luxury considering the how cold it could get in the fall.

I believe we were all about 11-12 years old at the time. A good weekend of camping was had by all and we returned to school the following Monday. One of the guys on the camping trip showed up with an uncharacteristic smugness about him. He didn't really divulge why he was suddenly so full of himself, and we didn't really ask. So, a few days later, the guy is absent for a day or two. We didn't think anything of it and he pretty much returned after the absence back to his old self.

Cut to years later when we are all young men, tossing back a few (too many) beers. Talk got around to when we were scouts and what miserable conditions we camped in through the years. So my friend recounts the trip I referenced above and why he was absent the following week.

Apparently he was bitten on the, uh, manhood, by a spider (thought later to be a brown recluse). His tallywacker had subsequently swelled to many times normal size, which he believed at the time to be a part of puberty. This explained was why he was strutting around school upon our return. A day or so later, he said it began to get discolored and very painful. The area around the bite started sloughing skin!!!

At any rate, I guess the doctor got him straightened out and everything eventually got back to normal. Ever since then, whenever I go camping I always violently shake out my sleeping bag and cloths before I put them on.
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10. Board Game: Beware the Spider [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
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Still another one.

We were on a scout camping trip in Rutherfordton, NC (or Ruftin' to the locals) when one of the older scouts asked if I wanted to go spider spottin'. Yeah, right. Momma didn't raise no fool. I'd heard of snipe hunting and didn't want any part of it.

After repeated requests, I acquiesced and was led into the woods along with several others. The scout took out a high intensity light and held it up to his temple and pointed it in front of him. Soon he was tracking through the woods and pointing his light on the ground. Sure enough, there was a wolf spider under a leaf. Then another, and another. Soon it was apparent that he wasn't finding this things by luck and asked if I wanted to try it. I did and was I suprised. It worked. When you hold the light that close to your eyes you can see them.

See, spider eyes are almost perfectly clear spheres and when light enters through the front it gets reflected directly back at the source. This results in the spider's eyes giving off a bluish light back at you. Spooky? Yes. Does it work? Yes. I was amazed and then I noticed just how many of these little lights I could see when looking around. We could even see one across a lake in a tree, it works that well.

No better way to freak out arachnaphobes on a camping trip. Because the woods are full of SPIDERS.

If you don't believe me try it out for yourself (I recommend doing it alone or you get strange looks).
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Okay... so this story happened to "a friend of a friend," so you're not hearing this first-hand. Regardless, I'll try to repeat the story as I heard it, taking care not to exaggerate anything:

You know how little kids like to use their imaginations to turn ordinary house-hold objects into drastically different things? Well, one kid found an abandoned cardboard tube (like an empty paper towel tube) and started using it as a megaphone. He would hold it up and shout loudly through it.

As he was shouting, he started coughing, and as he coughed little tiny spiders started crawling out of his mouth.

Apparently there had been a spider's egg sac inside the tube that was ready to open and let out its young. And by jostling the tube, the egg sac had loosened and dropped into the boy's mouth, which was where the baby spiders made their entrance (or exit) into the world.
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OK, while I've run away screaming from my share of spiders, because they freak me out, I generally avoid them. However, I've had my share of dreams about them. Two good ones in one particular night.


My first dream apparently was not unlike the aforementioned Night Gallery episode. I was myself at about fourth grade, on a jungle gym at the school across from my parents place. For some reason - it's a nightmare, remember - a government agent (complete with sunglasses) is forcing me to squish a small spider on the jungle gym, by threatening to kill me with his Colt .45 M1911A1 if I don't comply.

All I have to carry out this reluctant task is one of those small, 6" plastic rulers you'd get as part of your school kit. I squish down on the little copper-blooded freak, but it feels strangely resistant as I lift the ruler up. It's still there, but bigger now. Again I squish, again it springs back even larger. I want to stop, but the agent racks the slide back on his weapon. I keep squishing, and it keeps growing. I woke up screaming when it got to around the size of a kitten.


Having gotten back to sleep, I have yet another one. In this one, I'm in my parents living room, with the old TV set in it. For some reason (rememberreaming), one of my then current housemates is in the living room, laying on her stomach, watching TV. The light fixture (from the kitchen, again - dreaming) is a square, frosted glass one, and is directly above her back. I can see it's so completely full of spiders of every different size and shape, that they are dangling over the edges, dripping off like horrible black icicles - like chains from a barrel of monkeys game.

I yell at my housemate to move, but she ignores me, completely enraptured by whatever is showing on the TV. As much as the writhing mass repulses me, I feel even more compelled to prevent them from dropping on someone while I watch. I pick up an extra large format art book laying nearby, and hold it up to prevent any spiders from falling on her.

Of course, at this point, I feel a resounding "thud" on the other side of the book. From the weight, I am again thinking it must be at least the size of a kitten. Desperately trying to keep the book level, I start walking towards the front door, to eject the thing. I can feel it moving towards one edge of the book. I start tilting the book in a futile effort to keep it from reaching the edge, and attempt to increase my rush to the door. It becomes clear to me that it's going to make the edge of the book before I make it out. Just at it's about to do so, I wake up screaming.


I told these dreams to my wife. As a result, she got inspired, and got together with some friends to make some costumes with giant spiders on their backs. They could slide the spiders up and down with a cord, and the legs would kind of bounce and move.

I guess I should have kept my mouth shut.
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This is my favorite true spider story. Of course, this didn't happen to me, I just read it on the internets.

http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/2007/10/23/the-year-of-ninja...

Here's a picture of the kind of spiders the author is talking about - http://www.fazed.org/blog/view/1/clock-spider/

Enjoy!
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I usually leave spiders to their business unless they are insisting on being somewhere someone will get bit.

I've been nurturing a 2"+ wide wolf spider living in my garden shed for several years now. He scares the crap out of everyone but keeps the roach/fly/cricket population down nicely.

A friend of mine used to work in a gas station just outside town, and during the warm months whenever he'd swat a fly (at least half of which were enormous horse flies) he'd pick them up and flick them under the beer cooler. I eventually asked why he did it, so the next horse fly he got (shot it with a snapshot rubber band gun. the guy had a lot of free time out there...) he tossed it just in front of the cooler and a few seconds later the single largest wolf spider I have ever personally seen ambled out, grabbed the fly and dragged it back under the cooler.

The owner eventually decided to close the place, so he captured the spider and gave it to his mother who kept it in a terrarium for several years before it died.

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15. Board Game: Spider Attack [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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When I was a young kid, we lived in a small, old neighborhood that bordered a rocky creek & wooded state park in Delaware -- classic habitat for spiders.

Not just any old spiders, mind you. We're talking about BIG ones here -- ones that have tattoos and leather jackets, leave shadows on the ground, and don't bother with webs.


We're talking sandwich-sized spiders.


My first experience with one was when I was about seven -- we had just gotten a puppy & he was being crated overnight in a room that was off the basement, under the back porch. (The house was on a fairly steep slope) I was sent down to feed him, let him out, etc, and chose to go through the basement rather than the longer way around outside -- in part, because I wanted to check out the old record player console that my folks had put there after getting a new one.

It's worth noting that this house was already weird enough in its own right, spiders notwithstanding -- things moved from where you had *just* placed them, hearing doors close, footsteps, and music when you're the only one in the house, stuff like that. There were four in my family, but clearly there were five of us in the house. It wasn't scary or threatening, but also not something you could simply pretend wasn't there. Years later, we moved to a newer house and found we rather missed our surrogate fifth family member.

Anyway, I always paid particular attention in the shadowed basement, because more weird things happened there more often. I spotted the old stereo & was wondering if I could get permission to bring it to my room -- so, I thought I'd try picking up the various pieces myself, to help with the pitch. As I got close, I saw on one the speakers what *had* to be a giant rubber spider -- spanning the eight-inch speaker side to side -- put there by my folks to keep me away from the stereo.

Such is the thought process of a young boy about a foot away from the biggest spider imaginable -- until it scurried a bit up the front of the speaker grill. I must have screamed bloody murder & run away, although I don't actually remember doing it.

My father had not left for work yet, and was dispatched to the basement to slaughter the beast. He quickly came back up to the kitchen, where the rest of us were gathered, huddled and shuddering, and he was visably upset. He was afraid to try killing it, fearing it would escape & grow larger still -- so, he went back down with a large round fishbowl and clopped it against the speaker, trapping the spider inside.

The spider-bowl was put on the back porch with a couple of heavy books on top, along with the can of bug spray my father managed to get a couple of shots in along one small opening. This went on for a few days -- each day the spider behaved more oddly, and its suffering somehow helped us become less afraid of it -- until the last day.

My sister came running back inside screaming -- we went out, and everything appeared perfectly normal: bowl with a puddle of spray inside, books and can sealed on top, except that the spider had vanished. I suspected my parents had let it go, but their fearful ensuing search of the surrounding area convinced me otherwise.

Although there were many other episodes involving giant spiders and garden implements, we never figured out what happened to that one.

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16. Board Game: Beware the Spider [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
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The only bigger spider I've ever seen in the wild was about 15 years ago, at a festival that I've been active with for a long time.

We were in the final stages of our prep efforts, when a friend came to the stage where I was working, carrying a five gallon bucket.

"Wanna see a spider?"

The thing easily covered 75% of the bottom of the bucket -- an enormous female wolf spider, complete with a huge egg sack. The only way my friend could keep her in the bucket was to continuously jiggle the handle just enough to prevent the spider from getting a decent foothold.

He caught her inside the sweat lodge -- which I never entered again -- and released her quite a distance away. I had no idea they could get that big.

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17. Board Game: Goosebumps: Shrieks and Spiders Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
Mike Banks
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In high school, a science teacher kept a variety of small animals in his classroom, including a rabbit, python, guinea pig -- and a tarantula.

Now, given the sort of spider terror I grew up with, I had no interest or intention of getting close to that thing -- even though, ironically, it was significantly smaller than what I was used to.

Of course, one day the teacher opens cages & passes animals around. Being an impressionable teen, I couldn't *not* hold the spider once all the girls had done it, and it really wasn't too bad -- tarantulas *can* move quickly, but generally don't. I let it walk from one hand to another for a minute or so, and passed it off.

Since then, I've tried my best to appreciate spiders & not simply kill them on sight -- in fact, I actually enjoy the colorful garden web spiders we have out back. I much prefer them & their impressive (and stationary) webs to a bunch of flying insects. We don't get anything like the monster spiders I grew up with, and I always catch and release any spiders I find in the house.

When people talk about being creeped out by spiders -- believe me -- I KNOW what they're talking about. However, VERY few spiders pose any threat at all to people beyond a case of the willies. I suppose that part of my modified Zen outlook has been to address this silly fear of mine, and not kill something else because of it -- rather, to accept and feel good about it.

It's not always easy, but it's good for your mojo!



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18. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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My story beats all of yours.

I was on hiking trip with my best friend through Mordor (this was a loooong way back) when our tour guide told us he knew a short cut that would save us a lot of time (meaning we wouldn't have to deal with Mordor's pesky Customs Agents). I had a feeling something wasn't right about the situation but my friend assured me everything was fine.

Turns out our tour guide was a crook and had been planning on robbing us for a while. The "shortcut" led us straight through an underground pass infested with giant spiders. Five inches in diameter? Hah! Try five feet minimum! The biggest of the bunch was at least four times the size of most people, and that one in particular paralyzed my friend with its venom.

Luckily for me, my friend was carrying a machete of sorts on his person. I picked it up and just started hacking away at the big one. After a little of that it didn't want to fight anymore.

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19. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Barry Kendall
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I worked as a security guard at Three Mile Island just after the accident in '79. The installation was lit up all night. Because the facility was on an island in the Susquehanna River, we had a lot of insects; in fact in the spring, at dusk, everything got a green tint to it from the mayflies, which were so thick it was not wise to open your mouth outdoors.

With such an abundant food supply, the spiders were everywhere. Sometimes they'd drop on your hard hat with a distinct "plop."

With twelve-hour shifts, time often dragged; observing spider behavior helped pass the hours. On one occasion I saw two spiders acting out the old fingertips-together joke ("spider doing pushups on a mirror"), leg tip-to-leg tip.

On numerous occasions I saw females reward amorous males with a meal (female's meal, male was the entree).

On one occasion I saw the Errol Flynn of the spider world. An orb weaver had spun in the angle between a chain-link fence and the barbed-wire top. It hung in the center of its web. Another spider, somewhat smaller, picked its way along one strand of the barbed wire to which the web was connected.

A flying insect became entangled in the web at ten o'clock relative to the orb weaver, which pivoted toward the victim, shook the web with two forelegs to further entangle the flyer, and began to casually advance on the insect (there were several other wrapped entrees already in the web, so the spider was neither very hungry nor very worried about its victims).

Quick as a flash, the spider above on the barbed-wire strand swung down on a silken line, snatched the entangled bug and ran up out of the web with its stolen supper. The owning orb weaver sped up in pursuit, but the thief got away.

Darnedest thing I ever saw a spider do; never saw such behavior before or since.

Not all the spiders at TMI were so entertaining; the year before one guard had walked into a brown recluse while patrolling a passageway in the half-dark and ended up with a forehead bite that almost required plastic surgery to repair. She suffered a partial hearing loss from the swelling that persisted a year later.

There were some big spiders there--some so big we'd throw stones at them to get them to back off from over our heads--but nothing suggesting evil radioactive mutations.

At least none were ever reported, though occasionally a worker would disappear . . . .
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20. Board Game: Itsy Bitsy Spider [Average Rating:4.12 Unranked]
Grace Whelan
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Well, my story happened some years ago when I wasd in college. My boyfriends' parents were away for a week and had asked us to house sit for them. I was just getting into bed and about to turn off the light when I felt something on my face. I swiped and realized that there was something in the air in front of me. I then looked closer and saw hundreds of tiny strand shanging down from the cieling. I screamed, of course, and my boyfriend came running in. Looking up we saw hundreds if not a thousand teeny tiny spider hatchlings making their way down their little spider strands. Freaky. I slept downstairs and we informed his parents that they needed to get an exterminator out there.

I now live in an older house in the country, and I am literally surrounded by spiders. I try not to think about on a daily basis. I find them in my house all the time. And when I take the dogs outside we usually see several. There are my varieties and species. Lots of long legged spiders, wolf spiders, wood spiders, and a bunch that I have no clue. I have not seen brown recluse in or near my house but I'm sure they are out there. I will squish a spider inside my house but I try to leve them be outside. I know they keep the flying insect population under control. And I try to onsole myself when I do find spoider in the house by reminding myself that I'd much rather have spiders in the house than cockroaches. yuk
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21. Board Game: Goosebumps: Shrieks and Spiders Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
Kevin Loughran
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Well, here’s a tandem pair of spider stories for your edification. First, let me set the scene. I grew up in a house along a ridge in a heavily wooded area southwest of St.Louis, Mo. This was back in the early 70’s and there wasn’t a lot of development. We had a well for water and a septic tank which overflowed from a pipe about 100 yards downhill in back of the house. The house itself was originally an old clubhouse built during prohibition and was not exactly “hermetically-sealed” from the native environment.
Now, as was our wont in those care-free days, we young’uns spent much of our time out in the woods playing ‘Army’ or ‘Cowboys and Indians’ with the neighbor kids (neighbor, you understand, was anyone living within a mile in either direction along the road to my house). We were playing soldiers and I was chasing a few kids down the hill, focused on them running ahead of me and I was just about to mow them all down with a burst from my Thompson sub-machine gun, when I suddenly saw a LARGE spider dangling right before my face in the midst of its web… and I was moving far too fast to slow down or dodge. I felt, as if in slow motion, the silken threads fastening over my face and trapping the spider itself RIGHT ON MY LEFT EYE! Well, I let out a most un-warlike scream and fell backwards, sliding along further downhill scrubbing my face frantically to remove the dangerous beast which was, I was sure, attempting to burrow into my eyeball and take up residence. I came to a stop in a pile of leaves and after a few moments of rubbing and wiping with hands and sleeves, I managed to clear my face of foulness and was beginning to stifle my horrified sobs when I suddenly felt cold wetness seeping through the seat of my pants.
Remember the septic tank outflow pipe I described above? Yes, I was waist deep in a pile of leaves covering the waste at the bottom of the rill. Meantime, my erstwhile enemies and faux friends were leaning on each other gasping for breath from laughter and rolling around in near-fatal fits of hilarity at my predicament. My fear temporarily turned to anger and I began to stand up and excoriate them, but my umbrage rapidly turned to dismay when I realized that the pile of leaves I had slid into were the domain of a score or more of daddy-longlegs which were now crawling on, over and all around me.
Witnesses later claimed that I fled uphill so fast I left a smoking trail of leaves floating in the air behind be much like the Roadrunner in a Warner Bros. cartoon, but I have no memory of that at all. My next clear recollection is me standing in a hot shower and shampooing my hair vigorously, swearing all the while that perditions flames would gutter and cool before I ever entered the woods again.
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22. Board Game: Beware of the Spider [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Leland Olson
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Several years ago, while I was in the US Army, we were doing training operations in California. As a part of an airborne infantry unit we had dropped onto the drop zone (DZ) in the wee hours of the morning and then did an all day march to our objective point(OP). By the time we reached our OP, it was already dark. The previous night had been a jump with no illumination and this night was the same with the exception of cloud cover that had moved in during the day. We were to set up with full light discipline (which means no illuminating devices of any kind for fear of enemy observers). I decided to toss my rucksack down under a bush and bivouac there for the night.

In the morning I woke up and found myself staring up into a web-shrouded bush with a pair of very large brown tarantulas overhead. Carefully and calmly, I pulled myself out from under the bush and picked up my rucksack trying not to disturb them. I found myself a different place to setup my bedding for the rest of the mission (we were setting up fortifications for a defensive operation so I knew we would be there for a few days).

I've no great fear of spiders as I had a tarantula as a pet while growing up and I had recognized them as being basically harmless immediately. But seeing those spiders hanging over my head when I woke up creeped me out.
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23. Board Game: Pond [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
J. Romano
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How about a lighter story?

When I was young, we had a back yard with a hill. One year, my dad decided that it would make a great place for a small waterfall, and eventually constructed one: Water flowed down from the top of the hill to a small circular pond at the bottom, where a pump would push the water back to the top.

One day my father called me over and pointed out a small spider roughly in the middle of the pond. It didn't seem like a big deal to see a spider on top of the water (after all, I'd seen water spiders before), until my father urged me to look closer.

It turned out that the spider was actually about two inches above the surface of the water -- but it was not obvious exactly how it was hovering there. My first thought was that the spider was dangling from a spider thread, yet there was nothing above it to dangle from.

We did figure out how the spider appeared to hover: There was one nearly-invisible thread that stretched out from one end of the pond to the other, and the spider was simply perched on that near the thread's midpoint (we could demonstrate this by gently "tugging" at the invisible thread with one finger, making the spider shift position slightly).

I marveled at how the spider could accomplish such a feat. Did he actually jump from one end of the pond to the other? The pond had a diameter of about three feet, so that seemed unlikely. Now I wonder if the spider simpy just made a long, loose thread, and let the wind carry it across until the end latched onto the other side.
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24. Board Game: Doggone Crazy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
João 'Finding a new way to make you WTF today' Marum
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Well, I am unlike many people, I actually enjoy the company of spiders. I had spiders crawling on my head and back and not only did I know about it I also didn't care. Years ago, whenever my friends went on a hike on the hills around this place I usually went first because I would clear the way of webs and spiders by getting them on my face and then picking up the panic-stricken spider and placing it on a nearby tree, often catching more spiders in the process.

Anyway I'm an amateur botanist, so I often take treks on the hills and places around here to study plants and fungi, so I'm always in close contact with nature and spiders. However there was one time I was caught totally unaware.

10 years ago I was in a hill near this house and I was with a friend of mine as well, examining plants in the middle of summer. I found a plant that interested me on the ground so I knelt down and approached my head towards the plant. And it kept going until my nose bumped with something. Somehow my eyes focused on whatever it was my nose bumped and I noticed it was filling almost all of my vision at that point. And in a splint second later I noticed it was a damn bigass huge spider the likes I've never seen before or after. I actually jumped back startled and then focused on the spider. It was bigger than my hand and I do have huge hands. It was big than a golden silk orb-weaver and it was golden and had an orb web neatly constructed but wasn't a golden silk since we don't have them here. Heck, we only have small spiders here so I really was startled by this find, I never imagined see such a huge spider in this region. I did take a photo but it has been lost. It was quite a spider, bigger than the video posted above, much bigger in fact. We left it alone but I now do regret not catching it and bringing it with me on my shoulder or something for further analysis and perhaps as keeping it to stave off the damn huge mosquitoes.

I don't fear spiders at all and the thought of them crawling around me does nothing to me but that day I got scared of a spider for the first and last time ever.
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25. Board Game: Trippples [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:10558]
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Yeah, so this one time I took a tab of acid, and around an hour passed without me feeling anything of merit, so I thought it had not worked. BUT a few minutes later when I was taking a crap, a giant wolf spider came out of my hair and hung down in front of my face on a silken thread. I brushed it away and haven't seen it since, but I was quite freaked out at the time. I don't think it was real, but I can't be 100% sure.
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