Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Something From My Desk



This is a paperweight from my desk of a tarantula, (Genus Aphonopelma), trapped in a half-sphere of lucite.

Tarantulas are the largest American spider, who bite only when annoyed. The bite is painful, but not dangerous.

Feel free to share something from your desk, if you like. If you don't, well that's cool too ;-)

18 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

can u sic that lil thing on some Libss?..lol..HAPPY NEW YEAR SWEETIE!:)

jan said...

This brings back memories of a biology class when the professor would come in with various snakes around his neck.

One day he came in with a tarantula and i swear that thing returned his strokes with real affection. I've had warm feelings for snakes and tarantulas ever since that class.

Chuck said...

Took a picture of one in Arkansas. It was as wide as the yellow stripe on the highway

Ananda girl said...

We had two tarantula in a glass aquarium for time, yes living. The first week they were there, I could hardly sleep. Spiders are not my favorite creatures.

cube said...

Woman Honor Thyself: I'll love too, but it's stuck in lucite. Maybe I can conjure up some living spiders to help ;-)

Jan: I love snakes and amphibians, but I have only once petted a tarantula and it wasn't the most pleasant of experiences.
I guess I keep this spidey paperweight to help me shake my fear of spiders.

cube said...

Chuck: They can get mighty big. As a child I remember my grandfather stomping on one and the legs sticking out way beyond his boot.

RightKlik said...

Nothing like lucite to keep scary creatures under control.

cube said...

Ananda Girl: I admire spiders from afar, but when they get into my personal space, they get stomped.

There was one who lived in our mailbox and I saw her everyday when I went to get the mail. She would scurry up her web and into the corner of her mailbox when I showed up. Then one day I didn't see Charlotte (yes, I named her. Doesn't everyone name spiders that they see everyday?) I didn't see her for a few days and I thought she had died or had abandoned her web.

Anyway, life goes on, so on this particular day I picked up the mail and I was looking through it when I saw Charlotte ON MY HAND!

Mr. Cube, who was at the window
and saw the whole incident, turned to our daughters and told them that their mother had just freaked out at the end of the driveway.

I can only hope none of my neighbors saw me spaz out, but it ended up being Charlotte's last day on Earth.

cube said...

RightKlik: If only we had enough lucite to keep Congress under control ;-)

Anonymous said...

is that your hand?

-lee

cube said...

Lee: Yes, that is my hand.

nanc said...

There is a pair of reading glasses on nearly every desk or other surface in the house, but do you think I can find a pair when they're really needed?

Yes, I've found them atop my head...

Anonymous said...

You mean youre not really a cube?

-lee

cube said...

Lee: :-)

Nanc: I have the same problem.

Krispy said...

'Round these parts we ain't got tarantulas. We have wolf spiders. They aren't as big as tarantulas, but they make up for it by wearing a lot of leather and carrying knives.

Oh, and I hate to dispute you at your own blog, but as far as I'm concerned, painful IS dangerous. ;)

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