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Seattle’s real Spider Man sets us straight:
They’re not out to get you

Seattle Times, by Eric Lacitis

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Posted By:Maggie2u, 9/22/2017 10:20:21 AM

With more than 170,000 glass vials containing spiders pickled in alcohol, yes, it is cramped in this room in the basement of the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. This is no place for those fearful of spiders — a condition that affects a third of Americans, with arachnophobia afflicting four times more women than men. Sure, most of the vials are only a couple of inches each in length, but they crowd drawer after drawer, cabinet after cabinet. Rod Crawford, who’s been the spider man (“curatorial associate”) at the museum for the past 46 years, doesn’t like overhead fluorescent lighting. The dimly

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Okay, it´s not about politics, global warming, hurricanes or earthquakes, but I thought a little different story might be a relief.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lucky5, 9/22/2017 10:45:49 AM     (No. 11391530)

We live on a canyon so we have so many bugs and spiders. We never killed daddy long legs. Now I even my adult kids catching and letting go the more scary looking spiders outside. We feel guilty killing them. I told the kids, the only thing wrong they did was we saw them. No reason to kill them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: belwhatter, 9/22/2017 11:06:00 AM     (No. 11391551)

A spider´s web with dew catching the morning sun is a thing of architectural wonder. For house spiders that my husband sees I use a system of styrofoam cups for spiders on the wall, or a cup and sheet of paper if they are on the floor. The spider jumps into the cup, you cover it and head for an open door.Bye bye spider, husband smiles in relief! He agrees his arachnophobia is irrational , attributes it to his childhood cousins hiding spiders in his pockets.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: CharlyG, 9/22/2017 12:12:08 PM     (No. 11391630)

"These words he speaks are true. We´re all huminary stew, if we don´t pledge allegiance to... the black widow!"

H/T to Alice Cooper & Vincent Price

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C., 9/22/2017 1:23:26 PM     (No. 11391707)

Same deal with all bugs. Stay out of my house and I won´t kill you.

(I do have mercy on fireflies and ladybugs)

My husband and I have a deal. I make certain we never run out of toilet paper, and he takes care of the spiders.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bgarrett, 9/22/2017 1:52:18 PM     (No. 11391744)

wiki says the hobo spider is not harmful

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 9/22/2017 2:22:20 PM     (No. 11391790)

I´ve always rather liked spiders. As bugs go, they have more intelligence and more complex behavior than most.

When my son was small, though, he was very afraid of spiders. One Spring an orb-web spider built his web on our back porchlight, so I told the boy this was "Elmer" and he was going to be our pet spider. After a Summer of feeding Elmer bugs and watching him grow, my son finally overcame his fear of these fascinating critters.

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