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Old November 29th, 2002, 09:59 PM   #1
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X-Files SCARY

Well, I went to get my newspaper early this evening through another dark, thick wall of Vancouver X-Files type fog. I noticed the front page of the Vancouver Sun (and continued on Page A4): "MILLIONS OF TINY SPIDERS SPIN MYSTERY IN A B.C. CLOVER FIELD...60-acre spider web baffles biologists." The paper had several pictures, and let me tell you, they are strange--- scary! I mean down right X-Files eerie! Where is Mulder when you need him?

Here's the first sentence of this Friday feature article. "A warning: if the thought of tens of millions of tiny spiders spinning a web 24 hectares---60 acres---in size and crawling all over it scares the wits out of you, you might want to tread carefully over the following...."

http://www.vancouversun.com
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Old November 29th, 2002, 10:47 PM   #2
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60 acres? That's mighty big, even for Texas standards. Here's how large we grow 'em down in these parts (although Argiope is pretty much a solitary creature... there are indeed millions of them, but not all in one place):

http://www.indianhorse.com/critters/argiope.htm
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Old November 29th, 2002, 10:58 PM   #3
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How bizarre! I'd have loved to have seen that.

I can just imagine "Final Draft" cranking up on countless computers, inspired by this story.
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Old November 29th, 2002, 11:55 PM   #4
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I would have loved to have gotten that on camera. Who could replicate such a thing? Would there be a need for it? Maybe not, but I'm a pack rat - including what I shoot! I would have loved to have had footage of that 60 acre web!
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Old November 30th, 2002, 12:32 AM   #5
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Mark, I don't think they destroyed it. The biologists are studying it---but then I haven't read the whole article yet.

I wanted to show the article to my mother. My wife freaked-out with, "Don't! It'll give your mother a heart attack!"
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Old November 30th, 2002, 03:38 AM   #6
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There was a blurb about this on today's late night news..., most of the webs are now destroyed due to recent rain and heavy winds.
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Old November 30th, 2002, 05:57 AM   #7
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In what direction was the wind blowing when the spiders were last seen? Can you imagine a cloud of thousands.... perhaps millions of spiders being carried by the wind to another destination? Better keep a can of insect repellant handy while walking outside at night!

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Old November 30th, 2002, 07:02 AM   #8
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The news said that the spiders were in the hundreds of millions. The wind is taking the little things AWAY from Vancouver (maybe towards Texas).
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Old November 30th, 2002, 08:28 AM   #9
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The wind can carry them wherever it wants to - as long as my car/apartment is NOT in the middle of the sixty acres!!! But if this were to happen again with a couple of hours of where I live, I would go get as much footage as I can!

It kind of reminded me of the new HARRY POTTER movie. It has a 'big spider' scene too!
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Old November 30th, 2002, 08:51 AM   #10
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Britain to Publish Files on UFO Sightings

Just saw this article on UFO sightings in the UK. Reminded me of this thread:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...pace_ufos_dc_1

Spooky!!
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Old December 1st, 2002, 08:51 PM   #11
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Very interesting. Now the UK has its very own Roswell!
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