News bites

February 28th, 2010 · 80 comments

Writes Jarrod in Australia: “This was published in the local newspaper where my sister is a reporter. On first observation, it doesn’t seem like much of a passive-aggressive note, but the backstory behind it is that the owner of the paper has been refusing to have the building sprayed for spiders, thinking it unnecessary.” The staff’s response?

ALONG CAME A SPIDER  You could imagine the surprise one of out Pastoral Times workers received when they arrived at work to find a redback spider (pictured) had spun its web across their keyboard.  The fiery female arachnid was suspended, upside down, by a floor-to-ceiling web.  The journalist who made this discovery quickly snapped a photo of the brash redback before moving it outside.

“For the record,” Jarrod adds, “the redback spider is related to the black widow, but more toxic (has killed people, but not recently).”

related: What’s black, white, and totally over?

extra credit: The Death of Print Journalism

FILED UNDER: kinda creepy · newspaper


80 responses so far ↓

  • #1   infant tyrone bang

    Probably about a second or two after finding this charming example of biodiversity, the discoverer was able to determine the second life form that needed to be disposed of by any means necessary.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 6:52 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   matt

    must have been a slow news day, i cant recall the last time a bloody red-back spider made headlines..

    Feb 28, 2010 at 7:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Palomon bang

      Doesn’t the introduction imply that the staff ginned up a fake article?

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:08 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   snatchbeast

      reading comprehension fail!

      Feb 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Mel K

      What would a big news day look like at the Pastoral Times?

      “What’s that, Skippy? Lassie fell down a well?”

      Feb 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   park rose bang

      That Lassie gets around. I heard she shouldn’t trust Skippy, either. He’s a real bounder.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   joan

    I’d just like to point out that, though notorious, the redback isn’t that dangerous. The Red Cross (Melbourne) advice for bites was identical to bee stings: apply icepack, and take patient to hospital only if they are very young, very old or suffering respiratory distress.

    Which is why the journalist “brushed it aside”. If it had been a funnel web, they would have hit it until it fell to the floor, then jumped on in repeatedly shouting “die, die, die”

    (this was in 1990s. Advice may have changed)

    Feb 28, 2010 at 7:42 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Izzy

      Is it bad that I would hit it until it was mush while screaming “die die die!” regardless of what kind of spider it was?

      Feb 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Maas

      I believe hitting things while shouting “Die die die!” is an acceptable way to resolve any conflict.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   clumber

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH {gasp for air}HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

      $20 to ANYONE who stomps DIE DIE DIE any spider before I have to see it. Yes, I know. Yes.. the things are our friends and allies. Don’t care. SQUASH DIE DAMMIT!

      Now, if’n you’ll all excuse me, I am going to get some counseling sessions set up to deal with that cold shock of terror when PAN opened to that welcoming image this morning.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 8:52 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   tilywinn bang

    Perhaps the spider just wanted to surf the web.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 7:45 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   T

    It’s nice to know that newspaper publishers are cheap across the world.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:07 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   TippingCows

    Perhaps the owner is a giant spider in disguise, and is waiting for the right moment to capture all the newspaper workers in one web-spinning upon which to feast.
    Mwahahahaha!

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:09 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Fanboy Wife

    This is what happened to the headlines when Peter Parker got promoted to editor.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:03 am   rating: 56  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   park rose bang

    We used to live in fear and loathing of them when we were kids, but the redback hasn’t killed any people since 1956 (according to Wikipedia), however spare a thought for her poor mating partner:

    The Redback spider is one of only two animals to date where the male has been found to actively assist the female in sexual cannibalism. In the process of mating, the much smaller male somersaults to place his abdomen over the female’s mouthparts. In about 2 out of 3 cases, the female consumes the male while mating continues. Males who are not eaten die soon after mating.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 10:25 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   nativefloridian

      one has to wonder about the reason for this, evolutionarily speaking.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   sleeps

      Evolutionarily speaking, those spiders like to get down, 69 style! Boo ya!

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   anglophile bang

      Well, nativefloridian, egg production takes a lot of energy and a girl’s gotta eat something.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   park rose bang

      8.1, The ones that don’t get eaten die anyway after mating (according to Wikipedia). Maybe he’s a good source of protein? She can then store sperm and use it for up to two years (according to Wikipedia), so I guess he’s playing his role. She lives about 2-3 years, he only lives 6-7 months. I wonder why ;)
      And :lol: sleeps and ‘glo.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Q

    I think that leaving the spiders there and not spraying is the editor’s own PA way of telling his staff that he doesn’t like them much….

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Bunnee

    “A floor to ceiling web”?!?!?!?! EEEEEWWWW! What if you walked into that? I bet it would look like you were having a seizure. (Because a “regular sized” web just makes people look like they are mildly bad dancers)

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:58 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   clumber

      Nuclear extermination is the only sure solution. Sorry Australia, you know I love you…. but the spider has to go.

      Clumber, a frighteningly bad dancer, and 25% Aussie… unrelated I am sure.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 8:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   GhostWriter bang

      I bet it would look like Indiana Jones being chased by a huge stone sphere.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   F. Pelayo

    Just a little FYI: the link to “black, white, and totally over” isn’t working. (the date numbers in the URL should actually be 2008/12/11)

    Feb 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Critical Grass bang

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself… and spiders.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Mo® bang

      and…. Them !

      Mar 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Critical Grass bang

      Okay, so the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Fear and spiders. So we only have to fear two things: fear and spiders… and them. Fear itself, spiders, and them are the only things we have to fear… That and….

      Mar 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Mo® bang

      We only have to fear three things themselves, Fear, spiders, them and La Llorona…

      Mar 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Katie

    This is the MOST passive aggressive note. Perfect!

    Feb 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   snatchbeast

    Newspapers still exist?

    Feb 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   julius

    “One of our workers” found a spider on “their keyboard”?

    Instead of asking for an exterminator, maybe these people should ask their boss for a stack of AP Stylebooks so they can learn proper pronoun-antecedent agreement.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Na

      Actually, since the English language has no non-gender specific singular pronoun, it has become both acceptable and standard to substitute “their” for “her” or “his”, even though it is pluralistic.

      Of course, since there’s no reason I can think of to keep the gender of the coworker a secret, they could’ve just used “his” or “her”.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   matty-wat

      Pluralistic pronouns? Those are some high-minded-ass pronouns!

      Feb 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   anglophile bang

      I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am emphatically pro-”they” as a gender neutral singular pronoun.

      Absolutely everyone says it anyway, it’s just when you stop to think about writing it that it sounds weird. That whole his or hers, s/he business is foolish.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   matty-wat

      Na, “acceptable and standard”? It may be someday, but I don’t think Strunk and White would agree. Glo, I always love your input but the “everybody does it ” argument is the worst.
      If you don’t know the persons gender I guess it can’t be helped, but presumably the writer of the PAN was able to discern whether the person in question was a man or a woman.
      Furthermore,I contend that someone clever can use their creativity to avoid this pitfall. I contend that people that are clever can use their creativity to avoid this pitfall.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   anglophile bang

      Matty-wat, you adorable prescriptionist, you! “Everybody does it” is exactly the standard of language! There’s no point fighting it. ;)

      Feb 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.6   infant tyrone bang

      They’re there, one and/or all…

      First, with about 1.7% of human births being intersex, insisting on using gender-specific pronouns is going to create factual errors on the order of 17 times out of a thousand.

      Second, he doesn’t go so far as to call them out as Stunk & Blight,
      but Edinburgh University linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum
      has criticized The Elements of Style, saying:

      The book’s toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar. It is often so misguided that the authors appear not to notice their own egregious flouting of its own rules . . . It’s sad. Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and White, and the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write ‘however’ or ‘than me’ or ‘was’ or ‘which,’ but can’t tell you why.

      Third, be wary of dismissing the fact that everybody does it, as you might find yourself haunted by the ghost of the departed Mr. Wallace.

      “It won’t do, then, for the literary establishment simply to complain that, for instance, young-written characters don’t have very interesting dialogues with each other, that young writers’ ears seem tinny. Tinny they may be, but the truth is that in younger Americans’ experience, people in the same room don’t do all that much direct conversing with each other. What most of the people I know do is they all sit and face the same direction and stare at the same thing and then structure commercial-length conversations around the sorts of questions myopic car-crash witnesses might ask each other. . . . So now whose literary aesthetic seems dated?”
      –David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction,” in Review of Contemporary Fiction 13.2 (Summer 1993): 168.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.7   park rose bang

      But his pluralistic joke was great! It reminded me of the Nick Cave novel, And the Ass Saw an Angel. I haven’t read it, but I thought it kind of fit the concept. Put me down as a fan of matty-wat.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.8   matty-wat

      Thanks PR. I’m a big fan of you too, especially for not giving up your seat on the bus to that peckerwood in Montgomery, Alabama…what? oh, never mind.
      To all the rest of you, whose torts and retorts I enjoy as well, rest assured I am not some dried up twit who thinks English should be spoken the way it was back in the day. As a matter of fact I am a firm believer in not letting the message be lost by obsessing about how it was delivered. I try to allow myself that indulgence only when the message is one like that delivered by DC of spider monkey fame. I do think though, that with the loss of some conventions we lose some of the accuracy and nuance that make the language the fitting tool of your collective and individual geniuses; I think we are the poorer for the dying away of the use of “shall”for instance. When we limit our abilities to express, may we not ultimately limit our abilities to think?
      In regards to Mr. Wallace’s quote, I think he was referring to criticism of the use of vernacular, something I have no problem with. My belief is, learn the rules, master them and then use them or don’t to best express yourself, an ideology you will find in every important form of iconoclastic art including that of DFW. You will not be able to convince me that he didn’t know the correct application of the subjunctive case or the proper usage of lay/lie.
      As for Mr. Pullum, although he is probably right about “The Elements of Style”, until he writes something even half as good as “Charlotte’s Web” he can suck it.
      Having said my peace/piece(?) I will climb down off my high horse, cease the navel gazing and try to limit my remarks to the notes themselves(no guarantees) and not the use of language. After all, it is just a matter some antics.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.9   infant tyrone bang

      m-w,
      I’m a fan, too…of both of yuz.

      No wistful longing for “shall” here, though.
      It still survives in technical writing, I believe, especially in writing specifications for military equipment. If you have an explanation for why “I shall” is regular (low-key) declarative and “I will” is its emphatic cousin, but the roles are reversed for 2nd and 3rd person, please shoot me a link or write a summary.

      My take on Wallace’s point was that he was responding to criticism that complained about the vacuity or banality of conversations between characters in fiction of his and that of many of his contemporaries.
      Based on interview accounts of his home life as a youngster, I have no doubt that he knew the standard rules and exceptions for your two examples and for as many more as could be supplied by grammar-oriented PANistas here. My guess is he would have been cool with singular them/their usage, but if he had written an opinion against it, it’d be an entertaining read.

      Well, that’s my peach…gotta get up early and look for an altimeter from an F-86 over at that jet collectibles place…Zoom Antiques…
      ty

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.10   matty-wat

      Did you mean prescriptivist anglo?

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:08 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.11   park rose bang

      Hey, Matty, I don’t know the proper use of lay/lie. Why don’t you come over here (*pats bed*) and we can set the matter right by getting down, dirty and vernacular?

      It’s funny, one poster thought I was Korean, because of the ‘park’ and now being compared to the mighty Sister Rosa. Well, that makes me blush. Though I see you kind of retracted your comment, but as we’re doing away with the singular… maybe I could lay claim.

      The sad and very boring story is that as I was trying to come up with a handle, my eye fell on a rather strange ceramic flowered bunny that was sitting on my table. The English company that made it was called park rose and so, there you have it. Oh, except they might have been called Park Rose.
      Your puns are subtle too. I only just got the last one (because I was searching for a preposition ;) ). Well, they’re either subtle or I’m thick. I’m leaning towards the latter, oh, and the former.
      My last words on the matter are that lay and lie are stupid, and in this instance I am as homophonic as they come. Hmm. Let’s banish them all together, shall we, or just let them merge. You have no idea how many times I’ve laid on my bed over the last day (bunny rabbits pop eggs out, three a day, at this time of year, in preparation for Easter).

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.12   park rose bang

      15.10: Don’t be a pill now, Matty.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.13   anglophile bang

      Yep, that’s what I meant, matty.

      But as regards to “they” as a singular pronoun, it has a long and gloried history in the English language, used by Austen and Shakespeare. Only lately have prissy teachers attempted to depose it from its rightful place. And I have a deep distrust of English Teachers, as I was taught in my youth to spell “dilemma” as “dilemna”.

      Anyway, PAN also has a long and gloried history of detours into the use of language. To tell you the truth, it’s my favorite bit.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 6:01 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   K

    My reaction was kind of *scroll down* *Split second pause* *scream the place down*

    Amusing article though, all the same.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   clumber

      … and hide under the desk with a big aerosol atmosphere-killing can of RAID

      Mar 1, 2010 at 9:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Mel K

    Ceiling to keyboard web! Hasn’t the owner seen that William Shatner movie “Kingdom of the Spiders”? Get out now.

    I would love to see this included in the next series of the WorkSafe ads or Media Watch.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   park rose bang

    It’s a beat-up. All that Red wanted to do was to brush up her typing skills. Could she help it that, if they employed her, she was likely to eat all the male employees – they would, after all, die with a smile on their faces. And could she help it that eight legs are better than two hands? Holding down the shift key while simultaneously searching for the comma (always a few steps ahead of herself). . . and calculating the monthly budget in another window, posting on PAN, and tending the farm; she was all over that keyboard. It wasn’t that the (female) employees feared for their lives. It was they knew once the boss saw how effective Red was, able to do the jobs of four workers at once, and requiring only ants and the occasional lizard as recompense, their days at the Pastoral Times were numbered. Exterminate or be exterminated, became the name of the game.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   infant tyrone bang

      rose,
      Ala Folksy, “exterminate or be exterminated” ‘may be going a bit too far’.
      While the male employees did indeed face the Janus-faced prospects of being eaten during a dalliance, the name Pastoral Times certainly suggests that any female employees reduced to supernumerary status would be “let out to pasture”, unless, of course, Red’s web spins in both directions.

      Was it her bi-line that tipped off the human sisters ?
      Or am I getting my antiquated newspaper lingo mixed up ?
      On second thought, you probably nailed it. “E or be E”

      Feb 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   park rose bang

      Exterminate! Exterminate! It will all be decided by the dalektics.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   infant tyrone bang

      Is that a passive voice version of dalektical determinism ?

      Mar 1, 2010 at 7:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   matty-wat

      Ah, I am remembering the summers spent on Uncle Red’s farm. Now those were some pastoral times!

      Mar 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Nox

    I don’t care if its the last of its species, and I am the destroyer of millions of years of evolution:

    If I see a spider, I squish it.

    If I could put its tiny spider head on a spear as a warning to all other spiders to stay outta my house, I would.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Bunnee

      Absolutely. I don’t care if it’s a big or small spider. The size helps me determine my weapon. Toilet paper, newspaper or shoe?

      Feb 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   anglophile bang

      I have an agreement with them. They can live in the corners and the cracks, where I will allow them to be undisturbed. The second they start dangling in front of me while I’m reading a book or try to share the shower with me, they’re dead, dead, dead.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   Izzy

      As long as I can get away I’m okay…it’s when they come at me in an enclosed area (like my fiancee’s car) that I turn into a spider squishing maniac.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   sleeps

      I sometimes leave the squished ones where they died for a day or two, as a warning to others who might decide they’re feeling lucky.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   oi

      I will kill anything and everything that crawls, if they try to infiltrate my home. PERIOD.

      Feb 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.6   park rose bang

      Are those skittering ants still causing you problems, oi?

      Mar 1, 2010 at 1:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.7   Mo® bang

      I mount their tiny little heads on the ends of tiny little stakes to count coup on my enemies and as a warning to all who may follow.
      A hand vac is a wonderful tool.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 8:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.8   not gen anything

      I ‘ve had two “pet” spiders that lived outside. One was a beautiful huge spider on my front porch. Dad did me the “favor” of dispatching her once while he was visiting.

      The other was a gorgeous girl who built a huge web outside a building at work. I used to toss her mealworms, and she got enormous. Eventually a peacock wandering by made a meal of her. Circle of life. Poor Wendy.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 11:12 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Wordtinker doesnt smith bang

    Spiders and mice are the reasons I have multiple cats. What one doesn’t catch and kill, the other does.

    That said, rubber spiders are my best friend at work. No one’s tried to swipe my lunch since I started packing Nellie, my trusty rubber black widow. There have been a few cases of jars shattering against the frig accompanied by hysterical screaming, though.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   matty-wat

      What a coincidence, I have a rubber black widow named Nellie too! We may not be talking about the same thing. Although if I brought her to work, the reaction from my coworkers might be the same.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 12:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   selianth bang

      My 3 cats are utterly useless at catching spiders. They usually run away faster than I do. The biggest thing they’ll try to catch is an ant – unless it starts coming *towards* them, in which case they hide.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 8:24 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   K

      Training cats to catch spiders is the best justification EVER for having to clean a litterbox and put up with pet hair.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    I don’t know about any one else, but a spider that starts at the floor and spins upward (Spiderman-like) would scare the shit outta me!
    That’s some gravity-defying stuff for sure, and must have something to do with the Devil himself.
    Or maybe just it’s a poorly trained un-named “journalist”, which is scarier still.

    Mar 1, 2010 at 1:34 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Grant

    If the newspaper disappears from our planet, what will we roll-up to dispatch spiders with?

    Mar 1, 2010 at 5:09 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   matt

      junk mail, the tv guide..
      or – you could try your luck and progress your hand-eye co-ordination by flicking them with a wet tea towel. It makes such a satisfying ‘crack’ rather than the boring old ‘thwmp’

      Mar 1, 2010 at 7:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   anglophile bang

      I’m a fan of the shoe, myself.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 8:17 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   clumber

      Napalm comes to mind.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 9:02 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   Mo® bang

      Aquanet!

      Mar 1, 2010 at 9:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   park rose bang

      Ah, come on, put the Tupperware over the body then ease the lid underneath, then throw the whole fricking thing out the window if the spider starts sticky-footing towards you. Even though it’s contained, nobody really knows its true strength when panicked and defensive. Make sure, of course, that the lid isn’t secured, so it can get away.

      You’ll be down on Tupperware, but you’ve just bought yourself a thousand karma credits. That’s how I do it, anyway. Now, as for cockroaches…well, no-one every told me they were good luck.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 10:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   Clumber

      But Rose, what you are proposing involves moving toward the thing. And that ain’t happening.

      We kept a psycho rescue cat for 8 years SOLELY because he came running if I said SPIDER and would immediately catch it, carry it off, and dispose of it. He was otherwise a horrible cat to live with but that alone earned his keep.

      The creepy things are fine if they stay out of my world so I can pretend they don’t exist. Outside, fine. Go do your spider stuff unmolested. Inside; I’m calling in the airstrikes!

      Mar 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   park rose bang

      My teeth are usually on edge, Clumber, and my body shaking as if I had the D.T.s, with the larger ones, anyway, but I rarely kill them. And there are a lot of margarine containers and so on that I have to retrieve from the lawn or balcony later. It’s quite amusing to watch, as I fling them away, I’m sure. Sometimes they don’t start moving, or they kind of move away from me, then the operation is pretty painless for all involved.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   matty-wat

    Ms. Redback: Come on over here*pats bed* and lets get it on.
    Mr. Redback: Hey baby, hold me in your arms, all eight of them.
    Ms. R: Mmmm…
    Mr.R: Aaaah…sweet MYStery of LIFE at last I’ve FOUND you. What the…? NOOO!
    Ms. R: That spider was fucking delicious!

    Mar 1, 2010 at 11:22 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   anglophile bang

      I especially enjoyed the musical interlude.

      Mar 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   park rose bang

      Ms. Redback, the Barry White of the arachnid class.

      Mar 2, 2010 at 9:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Mo® bang

    Harry Redback: You were going to be a gymnast.
    Sally Redback: A journalist.
    Harry Redback: Right, that’s what I said.

    Mar 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Pete

    I just gotta say it! But spraying for spiders doesn’t really work very well. And you poison yourself unnecessarily with the spray. D’oh!!

    Mar 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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