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Little Girl and spiders

Postby saeinya » Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:45 am

Spiders and Girls


A father watched his daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and innocent his little girl was.










Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to her and noticed she was looking at two spiders mating. "Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?" she asked.













"They're mating," her father replied.













"What do you call the spider on top, Daddy?" she asked.













"That's a Daddy Longlegs." Her father answered.













"So, the other one is a Mommy Longlegs?" the little girl asked.













"No," her father replied. "Both of them are Daddy Longlegs.











"

The little girl thought for a moment, then took her foot and stomped them flat.











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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby ThinkInk » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:40 am

LOL
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby Serano » Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:39 pm

aren't daddy long legs related to spiders by being arachnids - but not actually spiders?
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby saeinya » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:11 pm

no.. they are spiders.. actually they are the most poisoness spiders on earth. but their mouths are to small to bite humans
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby EQIsenhart » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:17 am

There is an urban legend stating that daddy long-legs spiders have the most potent venom of any spider, but that their chelicera (fangs) are either too small or too weak to puncture human skin; the same legend is also repeated of the harvestman and crane fly, also called "daddy long-legs" in some locales. Indeed, pholcid spiders do have a short fang structure (called uncate). However, brown recluse spiders also have uncate fang structure, but are able to deliver medically significant bites. Either pholcid venom is not toxic to humans or there is a musculature difference between the two arachnids, with recluses, being hunting spiders, possessing stronger muscles for fang penetration. [1]

In 2004, the Discovery Channel show MythBusters set out to test the daddy long-legs myth (season 1, episode 13 "Buried in Concrete"). After measuring the spider's fangs at approximately 0.25 mm (average human skin thickness varies from about 0.5mm to 4mm), the show's host was apparently bitten, although the bite produced little more than a mild short-lived burning sensation. This appears to confirm the suspicion that pholcids can penetrate human skin, but that their venom is practically harmless to humans. Additionally, recent research by Alan Van Dyke has shown that pholcid venom is actually relatively weak in its effects on insects as well[5].

According to the University of California at Riverside, the daddy long-legs spider has never harmed a human and there is no proof that they are venomous to humans.[6]

One reason why these spiders are said to be so dangerous could be that they regularly prey on other spiders, including the black widow (Latrodectus spp.), which itself can be dangerous to humans, with the reasoning that the preying spider must be even more venomous; which is incorrect. (Pinto-da-Rocha et al. 2007:4)
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby saeinya » Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:03 pm

kk yay fer learning sumting
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby Pavarti Stricken » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:07 pm

Too funny!
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby Ceruis » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:22 am

EQIsenhart wrote:
There is an urban legend stating that daddy long-legs spiders have the most potent venom of any spider, but that their chelicera (fangs) are either too small or too weak to puncture human skin; the same legend is also repeated of the harvestman and crane fly, also called "daddy long-legs" in some locales. Indeed, pholcid spiders do have a short fang structure (called uncate). However, brown recluse spiders also have uncate fang structure, but are able to deliver medically significant bites. Either pholcid venom is not toxic to humans or there is a musculature difference between the two arachnids, with recluses, being hunting spiders, possessing stronger muscles for fang penetration. [1]

In 2004, the Discovery Channel show MythBusters set out to test the daddy long-legs myth (season 1, episode 13 "Buried in Concrete"). After measuring the spider's fangs at approximately 0.25 mm (average human skin thickness varies from about 0.5mm to 4mm), the show's host was apparently bitten, although the bite produced little more than a mild short-lived burning sensation. This appears to confirm the suspicion that pholcids can penetrate human skin, but that their venom is practically harmless to humans. Additionally, recent research by Alan Van Dyke has shown that pholcid venom is actually relatively weak in its effects on insects as well[5].

According to the University of California at Riverside, the daddy long-legs spider has never harmed a human and there is no proof that they are venomous to humans.[6]

One reason why these spiders are said to be so dangerous could be that they regularly prey on other spiders, including the black widow (Latrodectus spp.), which itself can be dangerous to humans, with the reasoning that the preying spider must be even more venomous; which is incorrect. (Pinto-da-Rocha et al. 2007:4)


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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby ThinkInk » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:25 pm

Maybe you guys should start a new thread: How to deflate a good joke! <sigh>
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Re: Little Girl and spiders

Postby Serano » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:12 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_long-legs_spider

is an order of Spider that is called a daddy long legs.

however Harvestmen are also known as Daddy Longlegs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiliones

and thus with a common name applied to two distint Aracnids- one being a spider and one being an arachnid but not a spider, the story in question could therefore have refered to the Pholcidae (the spider that is called daddy longlegs)

So look at the two pictures. If you look at the harvestmen and that is what you have thought of as a daddylonglegs then your mental image of a daddylonglegs is not a spider. If you look at the picture of the first link and say - aha! that is what I consider a daddy longlegs - then in that version of reality, a daddylonglegs is a spider.
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