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Arachnophobia and other cool phenomena...
Sun Dec 11, 2011 09:42

"all we have to fear is fear itself - and spiders"

Having spent a good portion of my life within the confines of the Amazon basin, it has been my lot to observe a wide variety of biological beings. Those which I most detest tend to be of the arachnid family. Tarantulas the size of dinner plates (counting the leg spread) were not too uncommon. Smaller versions were ubiquitous, especially when the rains started kicking in at the end of the dry season and they looked for less damp surroundings. My uncle was a great spider tamer, but I never did develop a great fondness for them. It was observed that a .177 pellet loaded backwards in a Daisy 880 and propelled by 10 pumps worth of air tended to scatter a medium sized tarantula over a sufficient area that the only identifiable parts remaining were a few joints from the legs. Yeah, we had our own version of varmint hunting.

Caves are fun things to explore - if you've got a good light. There was that time we found a whole bunch of vampire bats in a cave on my uncle's property. We managed to get a few with the pellet guns before the rest vacated the territory.

As for 700 pound crawly critters, Big John's been spending too much time watching the Lord of the Rings movies it sounds like... :)

  • Spiders...John Ammeter, Sat Dec 10 20:29
    Several years ago when I was much younger and much smaller my two brothers and I decided to explore a cave near our house. It was a "crack" in the hillside and the floor of it sloped downhill and... more
    • Spidy holesBig John, Sun Dec 11 17:59
      And I most solemnly promise and swear not to go check it out and report back to you. You'll just have to wonder. Sorry.
      • I've offered to show several people where this is...John Ammeter, Sun Dec 11 20:57
        but, strangely, no one has taken me up on the offer. Who knows, there may be Indian relics down there. The area is known to be an Indian Spiritual site.....
        • Indian spiritual siteBig John, Sun Dec 11 23:52
          My property is out a ways from the Casa Grande Ruins, but the Hohokam people and others dug hundreds of miles of irrigation canals and had thousands of acres of land under cultivation all through the ... more
    • Arachnophobia and other cool phenomena... — Paul, Sun Dec 11 09:42
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