Wednesday 17 September 2014

The fear of arachnids

That was the big conversation today at work: this Daily Mail articles about spiders getting bigger. I recently blogged (in French) about some eight legged intruders that were indeed huge and decided to squat in the flat. Well, I started talking about it and others brought their own anecdotes and spiders invasion was on everybody's lips. One of my colleagues mentioned a huge spiders that crawled on her while she was showering and she said the strangest thing, so matter of factly that it was quite spooky: "Their body is mostly brains. They are thinker, and when they look at you, they are saying they know they will get you." I don't like spiders much, but not to this level of contempt. But I find arachnophobia fascinating. And this particular display of it, so developed, was even more so. Anyway, I think her vision of spider's anatomy psychology may have been all wrong, nevertheless it deserves to be a new great unknown line.


PJ said...

La vision de ta collègue sur le cerveau des araignées est erronée en effet. Ce sont des créatures très intelligentes pour la petite taille de leur cerveau, mais le céphalothorax, le segment du corps qui contient ledit cerveau, n'est pas composé en majorité de cerveau. Un lien avec plus sur le sujet.

Mantan Calaveras said...

There are so many arachnophobes here in Oregon, it seems like practically any spider is immediately considered a deadly "hobo" spider.

I am the rare exception, I played with spiders when I was a little boy, so they don't bother me at all.

The Artful Gypsy aka Wendy the Very Good Witch said...

Well I readily admit that I am an arachnophobe. And living in Florida, we have more than our fair share of them. I would literally have a heart attack if a huge spider crawled on me in the shower...OMG! My skin is crawling right now just contemplating that horrific scenario...eeegads! my defense, my older brother did torture me with his giant pet tarantula spider, chasing me around everywhere, threatening to put it on I have a very legitimate excuse! In fact, I'm pretty sure I blogged about it on here before. I'd die if there were an infestation...just die! :o(