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Spiders on drugs

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:19 pm

OK, since I can't stand watching debates (regardless of which team is "winning"), here's something non-political and absolutely fascinating:

Charlotte's Non-Organic Web

It turns out that if you dose spiders with various chemicals, they change the way they spin their webs. Here are some examples:

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Most chemicals seem to impair spiders' abilities to construct their webs. The one exception (surprisingly enough) is LSD, which apparently results in webs that are actually better-constructed than those of the untreated spiders. (I personally wouldn't take this as reason to experiment with LSD, but it's still interesting).

Yes, this week was the 60th anniversary of the publication of Charlotte's Web.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby john_titor » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:29 pm

I'd like to meet the scientist that did those experiments at a cocktail party just so she has to explain what she is currently working on. Didn't McKenna say language came from mushrooms? Where is gozer anyway?
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby ilikebeans » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:46 pm

john_titor wrote:Where is gozer anyway?

Now there's an interesting question.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:27 am

I highly recommend watching this video for more information on this startling phenomenon.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:35 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:I highly recommend watching this video for more information on this startling phenomenon.

Thank you for reminding me. This may be the most informative video ever produced on any topic.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby snoqueen » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:47 am

Where's gozer?

In Canada producing videos, it seems.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby Walter » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:07 am

Damn it. Wags beat me to it.
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Re: Spiders on drugs

Postby Mean Scenester » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:17 am

kurt_w wrote:Most chemicals seem to impair spiders' abilities to construct their webs. The one exception (surprisingly enough) is LSD, which apparently results in webs that are actually better-constructed than those of the untreated spiders. (I personally wouldn't take this as reason to experiment with LSD, but it's still interesting).

I spin all my webs on LSD.

We can learn a lot from the spiders.

And now, for no good reason, one of my favorite all-time Shatner moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72RbQv26s58
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