Arachnophobia?

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Do you hate spiders?

  1. Yes- with a passion!

    29 vote(s)
    47.5%
  2. No- I'm bigger than they are

    15 vote(s)
    24.6%
  3. Not a fan, but don't mind them

    17 vote(s)
    27.9%
  1. Fazzy macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Are you scared of them?
    NO PICS PLEASE
    Im faint hearted when it comes to arachnids :D
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I don't like them but far from being a phobia
     
  3. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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  4. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I hate them, I'm a true arachnophobe :(

    Didn't improve with age either unfortunately. I was hoping in my teens I'd be better by my 30s..no dice.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Same with me.

    I do this as well.
     
  6. verwon macrumors 68030

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    I'm allergic to them and kill everyone I see!

    Don't run screaming, but I'm pro arachnicide!
     
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Inside.... I get rid of them. Luckily the cat helps. A lot. Though it is a little gross to look up and see her with a big spider leg sticking out of her mouth. Especially if it is still twitching a bit.

    Outside.... I'm a live and let live person. 1) They are doing important work. 2) There are just too damn many of them. I live in a place with a lot of spiders.
     
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    "Not a fan, but don't mind them".

    Is this the 'best' option you could come up with?

    I think they do a good service, but then we don't have poisonous ones here.

    I live and let live. I have a few around here, which I regard as pets you don't have to feed, walk, vet, etc.
     
  9. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    One of my closest friends when I was a teen kept a spider as a pet - big hairy tarantula. My dad also kept a spider as a pet - one that bit and poisoned him in the shower when workin overseas. He hunted it later, caught it and kept it :eek:
     
  10. Jb07 macrumors 6502

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    Spiders scare the **** out of me! I actually had a nightmare that a tarantula was in my bed. I could hardly go to sleep after that :(
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    The best I can tell, you don't run screaming from anything!! :D

    As for spiders, as long as they are not crawling on my face, they don't bother me.

    However, if one is crawling on my face, unlike verwon, I DO run screaming! :eek: :D
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Do you people have any idea how many bugs you swallow in your sleep over a life-time? :eek:

    Look it up. :D <--- Evil face.
     
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  15. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    Spiders are scary because they have fangs that can bite, and some of them can actually be very poisonous to humans.

    Spiders are one of the few insects that truly "jolt" me into taking action immediately (killing it, stepping away from it, etc.). I think the reason many people are afraid of spiders is because some of them really *can* hurt you, and they have ready-to-bite fangs.
     
  16. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Anything larger than a dust mite, and I'm never sleeping again. :eek: < --- Hysterical Face
     
  17. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Technically, not really. They are a separate family altogether.

    But... they both bugs, far as I'm concerned.....
     
  18. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Well what do you expect, when you get all up in their face???

    Give them a chance to flee, just like you would a rattlesnake. ;)
     
  19. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Creepiest things EVER!

    And no, I don't run screaming from anything! LOL
     
  20. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    If it's bigger than a plate, I'm going to run away. Fast.
    If it's between a plate and a mug (by mug I mean the rim, width and length wise), I'm going to run away.
    If it's smaller than a mug, I'll probably kill it.

    If I think it's poisonous, I'm going to run away.
     
  21. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I don't mind spiders. I would prefer to have them that those silverfish. I don't mind them either, but there's something nasty in them running on the floor as opposed to a spider staying hidden in a corner, or occasionally walking on a counter or something.
     
  22. LizKat macrumors 68030

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    I love daddy longlegs spiders, I think they are beautiful with their superlong legs and careful, purposeful attitude as they explore their surroundings. If I see one in the house in warm weather I take it outside. If I see one inside during the winter I just ignore it. I don't know what they eat but it can't be much, the part of them that's not legs is not even the size of a raisin. Outside they hang out on tree bark or around fallen leaves.

    The other thing I love about spiders is how intricate some of their webs are, and how beautiful early in the morning with the dew still on them.

    Spider silk is of great interest to scientists for its tensile properties and there's a lot of research going on now trying to get the relevant spider genes into other species of critters (silkworms, goats, etc.) so it becomes easier to collect more of it for further study and experiment. It's apparently impractical to just use the spiders since they're not social critters, i.e. tend to eat each other if they get the chance.

    If you don't mind a picture of spiders, read this piece in Wired, it's by Hadley Leggett, September 23, 2009

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/spider-silk/

    title = 1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk for Rare Cloth (and yes, there's a photo of the gorgeous textile)
     
  23. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    None. Urban legends die hard with a vengeance.

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    My cat does the same. I usually notice when I hear the crunching sound.
     
  24. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Highly, shaky, uncontrollable-shouty arachnophobic.

    And perfectly justified too. Spiders are awful.

    Here, most of them can kill you so if there's one in my house, it gets killed dead. Then I have to basically move or burn the place down.
     

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