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Freakin’ Huge Hairy Spider

June 22nd, 2003

OK, I am now officially getting screens for my windows, or else finding some other way to keep cool for the summer. Did I ever mention that large insects completely freak me out? They do. Under a few centimeters in length, I got no problem. But if they’re as big as a medium-sized cockroach, I start to climb the walls. Call it a weakness. I just hate ’em.

So imagine my joy at laying in bed tonight, and seeing movement out of the corner of my eye. On the wall across from my bed, a 12-cm-span spider, I kid you not, is crawling right along near the ceiling. As advertised, I freak out. Not enough to kill my instinct for good blog fare, so I grab my camera and venture as close as I dare to snap the thing’s picture. Between further attacks of the Willies, I run to the kitchen to get a large metal bowl and something thin and hard (a plastic hand fan does the job). I come back, and in a feat of stupendous bravery (or sniveling cowardice, depending on how you define it), I trap the spider underneath the bowl and toss it out the window.

It was either him or me, and I pay the rent here. I mean, really, look at the picture. Look at the FANGS on that thing!


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  1. June 23rd, 2003 at 00:53 | #1

    Nice pic, with fangs like that what does that thing eat?
    I found a 12 cm Mukade sleeping in my bed the other night, so I know what you went through. I too kept a cool head, fought back the urge to pounce, and got the camera. Much to my wife’s displeasure. She still refuses to look at my blog, because she is afraid to see the picture. (She made me delete it from the computer!)
    BTW, screens don’t help much.

  2. MilkyWay
    June 23rd, 2003 at 23:27 | #2

    Oh my god!!!
    I hate big spiders so much. If they are little I don’t have a problem with them (but kill ’em anyway XD ). Ok, honestly I’ve never seen such a big one and I hope this won’t change. Are in Japan a lot of other large insects? *megabumblebee* O.O
    I just remember my friend, who used to live in Australia for one year, telling me that there it is normal to have such big and fat spiders in the house. *shiver*…

  3. D. Jaffe
    February 20th, 2004 at 02:42 | #3


    Admin: That’s the third blog comment spam from these jerks from a URL I will not repeat. They have come from three IP addresses, but are obviously from the same source. All the IPs will be banned, as will the IP’s from any other blog comments they post. All prior and future comments bearing that URL are to be yanked.

    I’ve had it up to here with you guys. You want advertising? Pay for it.

  4. Drunk Girl 87
    March 10th, 2004 at 00:19 | #4

    Hehehe I’ve actually seen alot of D jaffe’s and have ban his IP address too. I think he just sits infront of his comp and posts blogs. I just did a search on his name and I’m going around telling people to ban his post. Good Job!

  5. Luis
    March 10th, 2004 at 00:50 | #5

    Drunk Girl, thanks for the comment. And I hate to say this, but I had to remove your email and URL. No malice or ill will intended there, it is simply the blog policy–the URL led to your site, which sells merchandise. I allow that once, I gotta allow it every time, and then people like Jaffe come along. Again, thanks for the note, and my apologies for the redactions.

  6. bitchey
    February 15th, 2005 at 09:36 | #6

    ur all dum spiders rock

  7. bitchey
    February 15th, 2005 at 09:37 | #7

    ur all dum spiders rock

  8. bitchey
    February 15th, 2005 at 09:38 | #8

    ur all dum spiders rock

  9. bugfreezer
    May 6th, 2005 at 16:17 | #9

    That spider is a male looking for luv. It superficially resembles the Giant House Spiders (Tegenaria gigantea) we get in the Seattle, WA area, but I would have to see one of those in realtime to be sure. The mini legs (pedipalps) in the front are the giveaway as to the gender – they use those bulbs for sperm transfer.

    12 cm span? Whee! The wife and kids would surely freak out!

  10. September 11th, 2005 at 00:50 | #10

    That IS the same spider! You even have the same wallpaper as me!

  11. ??
    October 15th, 2005 at 00:00 | #11


    in NYC we dont got those things,

    and thats the way it shud stay

  12. finn
    April 26th, 2006 at 02:01 | #12

    spider != insect. spider is more like related to crabs than insects.

  13. shadow
    June 15th, 2007 at 05:01 | #13

    I have arachnihobia not sure if that is spelled right so compareed to what u did you were freakin hercules i wouldhave shoot it witha bb gun from the next room and if it moved an inch i would let it pay the rent lol

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