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My Fear of Spiders
Anyone who knows me knows I am terrified of spiders. Although I think that over the years my phobia has chilled out a bit and has become more of a little freak out moment rather than a full blown phobia moment. But either way you slice it, spiders scare the bejeebers out of me. And yet the scientist in me can’t help but be totally and completely fascinated with them. Now, I understand that phobias can be debilitating and some people really don’t see anything amusing about them. For me, finding the humorous side and trying to understand the creatures helps me to control my reaction to them. It doesn’t work that great all the time, but I keep trying! So please don’t take offense to the light-hearted nature of the post. It’s just my way of dealing 🙂 Even though I know watching shows about spiders will give me the dreaded spider dreams (these actually cause me to leap from the bed in utter and complete terror), I can’t NOT watch the darn show. It’s like rubbernecking a car accident. I spend the entire show with either a pillow over my face or chewing the hangnails on my fingers till I draw blood. Case in point: Rich and I were watching a four-part series called World’s Deadliest. It features two from Africa, Australia, and Brazil. Now, the Australian one was the first we watched and I already knew about at least three of their deadliest critters. I actually blogged about it here in my post about the list of ways I don’t want to die (yes, there IS an actual list!). The funnel web spider is one of the deadliest spiders in the world. It’s fairly big, lives in Sydney, and is absolutely not afraid of people. So when someone says “it’s more afraid of you than you are of it” is full of *&^%$! This little guy, rather than run when threatened, will actually rear up, put its front legs in the air, flash it’s quarter inch long fans, and actually drip venom from them *shudder* Seriously??? Is that necessary?? *cries a little* Another spider that has been touted as the most venomous in the world is the Brazilian Wandering spider (also called banana spider). It also rears up to intimidate like the Funnel Web and isn’t afraid of anything. Yes, that includes US! One interesting thing about this particular spider is that one of the side effects of the venom is a….well, that is to say….ummmm…an erection that lasts for like 5-6 hours. Scientists are studying the venom hoping for a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Cool, eh? Now, I have never come into contact with these two spiders (thank GOD!!!) and probably never will. The spiders I come into contact with are common in Colorado and can get pretty damn big and are VERY intimidating. The dreaded wold spider. They LOVE coming into the nice warm house in the winter. I also killed a black widow that had decided to build a web near my front door. EEEEEKKKKKK! True story: I broke a wooden coffee table trying to reach my shoes so I could squish the hell out of a wolf spider crawling across the floor. Going across the table was the ONLY option to reach my shoes and not lose sight of the damn arachnid. And I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to eat my face off. Seriously. What are you afraid of? Snakes? Heights? Flying? Bunnies? I’d love to hear from you!