Sunday, October 16, 2005

A Man's Bed Is His...Ewwww!!!!

Unhappy that you're sleeping alone? Think again.

When you bed down for a nice, relaxing bit of shuteye, there are probably over a dozen different forms of life inhabiting the space on your pillow right under your nose. They feed on your dead skin and dried sweat...as well as each other.

I'm not sure that this knowledge will help any of us sleep well at night, so here is a picture of a Sydney funnel-web spider, one of the deadliest spiders in the world if not the deadliest, to help you relax:

12 comments:

ladybug said...

Aren't these from Australia? The land of miniature killer octopi and dangerous drunks?

/Just sayin'

Don Snabulus said...

There's weirder (and deadlier) stuff right your own mouth. There's little you can do about it so sleep well anyway.

Pa've said...

I'm glad I can't see it. I have enough trouble sleeping. Did you know that the average person swallows up to eight spiders during their sleep in their life time?

thehim said...

They have some huge spiders in Australia. Big ugly suckers...

The Moody Minstrel said...

Of course they're from Australia. That's why they're called Sydney funnel-web spiders. The huntsman spider is quite a bit bigger than the funnel-web, but its venom isn't anywhere near as dangerous.

As far as which spider is the most dangerous in the world, the Brazilian wandering spider, or banana spider, has much deadlier venom, but its fangs aren't very efficient (i.e. a bite doesn't necessary mean it poisons you). In the case of the Sydney funnel-web spider, not only does a bite always deliver a dangerous dose, but it is capable (and fond) of biting repeatedly in rapid succession, envenoming every time, and it is strong enought to bite through tennis shoes. The male funnel-web, which is the more poisonous, is also extremely aggressive during mating season and will attack anything that moves nearby.

Fortunately, western Oregon only has to worry about the black widow, which isn't aggressive, and the hobo spider, whose bite won't kill you but can leave disfiguring scars like a brown recluse.

qiiju - What a funnel-web spider yells right after flicking open its fangs.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Good grief...why do I know so much about spiders all of a sudden...

Anonymous said...

Eltigris growls: *laughing* being from australia originally I can say anytime you put any critter in the same sentence with the land of Oz you will definitely have at least exotic (if you are lucky) results. Spiders and snakes you are almost assured the critter will be some form of nasty *chuckles*. The look dont touch policy should always be enforced.

One memory - One time it was a hot evening when I was a young aussie "roo" and I noticed this *big* thing high on the wall in the kitchen. I pointed it out to mom and for some reason she thought it was a decoration at first. When I insisted she realized to her horror it was *alive*. It was a spider with a very large hairey abdomen and very long legs (there were 8) and the size of her fist. Mom screamed ..and Dad smooshed it with a good sized rag (it took two tries, the first didnt kill it).. oh man what a mess it made. Mom said later maybe it was better he just shooed it away rather then dealing with the splatter. Dad said you can herd it out the door yourself if you want, if it doesnt leap on you. Mom reconsidered (barely) ... okay ..smooshing is standard operating procedure.

DewKid said...

That's why your friends know you only as Moody "Spiders" Minstrel, eh?

Pandabonium said...

Moody,

You didn't by chance mention this to anyone at Seishin Gakuen just before the kids in the orchestra backed out of going to Australia? hmmm?

The Moody Minstrel said...

Naaah.

Actually, I told them all what a fantabulously (snabulusly?) wonderful time I had there when I went down under last July.

bxfxr - A homeless person's home repairman.

Seymour said...

"Hoy, that's not a Spider. This is a SPIDER!"

Paul Hogan's head wrenches back, cracking the spine while the soft flesh of his throat tears open to reveal 2 foot long hairy spider legs!

Lose 1d8 Sanity pts.


qvxuisos-A degenerative disease of the eyelashes. Usually fatal.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Crocodile Lovecraft?

It's interesting how all these completely different topics are able to fit so neatly together...

mtsnytnv - An obscure mountain, located in Kyrgystan that conceals something too horrible even to speculate about, so just forget it.