Archive for August, 2006

100 Scary Bites!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Whoo Hoo! 100 people have visited this site. “So what?”, I know, but you have to celebrate the small things, right?

Australian Museum Online

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Australian Museam OnlineThe Australian Museam Online has a great Fact Sheet on Funnel Web Spiders. It covers the Atrax and Hadronyche species of funnel webs. It has sections on their:

  • habitat and distribution
  • identification
  • habits, mating and reproduction
  • toxicity
  • first aid
  • control
  • links, and
  • references

My favourite quotes are:

“The males spend their entire short adulthood seeking as many receptive females to mate with as possible.”

“During mating, the male must restrain the female from striking him with her fangs using the spurs on his second legs…”

“Juvenile males will stay in their burrows until their final adult moult, after which they will become wanderers.”

I think these facts go to show just how much spiders and humans have in common.

Scary knickers

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Funnel web spider thongFunnel web spider thong

These are Jack Bauer’s underwear of choice. He’s not afraid of a big hairy beast ON his underwear because he… (you know where I’m going with this).

  • 5.8 oz. 100% Ultra-fine combed ring spun 1×1 baby rib cotton
  • Size up for a looser fit
  • Super soft high end woven elastic trim
  • Made in the U.S.A.

This is a thong you’re going to WANT people to see peep out above your low riders when you sit or bend over. How can you resist telling the world that “danger lurks within”?

At $10.99, you can’t say no.

Back of thong

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Creepy Messenger Bag

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Funnel web spider messenger bagGirl carrying spider bagCarry your stuff in style!

They reckon you can fit a laptop in this bAg, so it’s pretty big! Which means you’ll be wanting the super big funnel web spider photo.

  • One front adjustable clasp closure
  • Main compartment has inside slip pocket
  • Front panel has zipper compartment
  • Adjustable 2″ shoulder strap
  • 600 Denier Polyester
  • Size: 14 1/2″ x 12″ x 5″

Not bad for $24.99! Get yours now!
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Funnel web spider buttons

Friday, August 18th, 2006

VOTE 1 FUNNEL WEB SPIDERS!

1 funnel web spider 2.25 inch button
Get one now for $2.50!
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10 funnel web spider 2.25 inch buttons
Or 10 for $15.00!
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100 funnel web spider 2.25 inch buttons
Or go crazy and give one to everyone you know - 100 for $99.99!
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funnel web spider on red shirt
These buttons (I call them badges, but who am I to argue?) show the funnel web spider at a little under life size on the button.

I reckon these would look pretty cool on a coat or on your school bag.

  • 2.25 inch diameter
  • Metal shell
  • Mylar/UV protecting cover
  • Pinned metal back

Funnel web spider button

Get a spider species named after you!

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Name a spiderHave a burning need to be immortalised in a really cool way? Having a comet or star named after you is so passe!

The Queensland Museum Foundation will name a species of spider after you if you can cough up the dosh - $5000 Australian.

Shoot for scientific immortality now!

    Borrowed my friend’s school report on funnel web spiders

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

    My friend is doing a talk on funnel web spiders tomorrow. He said it was OK to put his talk notes on this site:

    Funnel web spiders school report 1Funnel web spiders school report 2Funnel web spiders school report 3Funnel web spiders school report 4

    He always does really well on his talks. Because he knows his topics so well, he doesn’t have to write lots of things on his talk notes.

    Still looking for my photos

    Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

    Since my last move, I haven’t been able to find anything - funnel web spider photos included. Bugger! I’ll be visiting my fearless photographer friend for copies very shortly.