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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, Dominic!

Posted by on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Jenna calls it the worst. The Atlantic calls this "the most horrifying Vine of 2013." What do you call it? Besides uncalled for?


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I hit a pregnant spider once and all the little spiders just burst out like that. It was cool and terrifying at the same time.
Posted by JaxBriggs on December 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
proof that pubic hair or anything that looks like it is evil
Posted by truck on December 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Knat 3
I call it "set to autoplay on the front page, featuring something that would terrify a lot of people."
Posted by Knat on December 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Gas your termites,

freeze your termites,

zap your termites,

/SAVE/ the termites.
Posted by Foonken2 on December 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
seattleeco 5
I hate you so much right now.

Posted by seattleeco on December 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Alanmt 6
They are daddylonglegs. They are not frightening singly or en masse.
Posted by Alanmt on December 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Dougsf 7
At least it was daddy long legs, or rather, what WE call daddy long legs. They're nice.
Posted by Dougsf on December 31, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
seattleeco 8
@6, I know they aren't dangerous, but ration goes out the window: A giant clump of spiders is still enough to make me hide under my desk. Where there are probably spiders.
Posted by seattleeco on December 31, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
ryanayr 9
Oh no, there is definitely worse:…
Posted by ryanayr on December 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Poor spiders. Trying to have an orgy or a group cuddle or whatever in peace, and some fleshy giant has to come stick an appendage in the middle of it!
Posted by Gamebird on December 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Ophian 11
No one else thinks they're kind of cute? Y'know like they would tickle?

Posted by Ophian on December 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Christampa 12

We always knew this day would come
Posted by Christampa on December 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Rotten666 13
Fuck, I was eating while I watched that.
Posted by Rotten666 on December 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Puty 14
I'm with Ophian. Daddy longlegs are cute. And spiders are often quite pretty--sometimes just insanely pretty. You phobics are all weird.
Posted by Puty on December 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM · Report this
johnyawl 15
Oogie Boogie.
Posted by johnyawl on December 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
unknown_entity 16
Nightmare Fodder
Posted by unknown_entity on December 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 17
Poking those cuddled-up little creatures = needlessly terrifying the needlessly terrifying.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on December 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
sperifera 18
I hate to be a hair splitter here, but harvestmen/daddy long legs aren't spiders. Arachnids, yes. Spiders, no. Still creepy though.
Posted by sperifera on December 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
treacle 19
Those aren't spiders, fyi. Daddy Long-legs are arachnids, yes, in the same way that scorpions are also arachnids but not spiders (ie. they're all in different Orders, which is two steps below Class Arachnida). Biological categorization!

Anyway, more relevantly: A friend of mind once went into a porta-potty out in the woods somewhere late one night with just a headlamp (and underpants). As he sat there, he looked up... and saw the entire ceiling covered in Daddy Longlegs, ...all of them gently bobbing up and down and a semi-coordinated group 'pulsing' activity... the entire ceiling was pulsing with hundreds of the long-legged critters... pulsing... . pulsing... ..pulsing... . . He was a little bit psychedelically altered at the time, which didn't help matters.

Needless to say, he screamed and ran.
Posted by treacle on December 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 20
There are a lot of things that freak me out a lot more. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, for instance.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on December 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Posted by Chester Copperpot on December 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 22
Is that Portuguese? What is the guy saying?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on December 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 23
@11 I think it's cute. And weird. I've never seen daddy-long-legs do anything like that.

And those are big. Definitely not juveniles. Unless I'm slightly more confused than usual, the babies are so small they'd be barely visible that camera.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on December 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
very bad homo 24
I was grossed out when I thought it was a caterpillar but then someone had to go and touch it!
Posted by very bad homo on December 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
snacktruck 25
@6 etc. - if you take the legs off of a daddy longlegs do you call it daddy? just wondering.
Posted by snacktruck on December 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
They're harmless.

A real freak-out video should depict something dangerous and/or barf-inducing. This is neither. The camera person even had a clear and easy line of retreat.

"Two Girls, One Cup" scared and traumatized me much more.
Posted by Functional Atheist on December 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Please. No more Vines on Slog (before the jump). Opening the page and then having to hunt to find the random sound is really annoying.
Posted by Eckstein on December 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
CBSeattle 28
@27 Thank you. Agreed!
Posted by CBSeattle on December 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Freaking incredible! I have never seen Daddy Long Legs in a pile like that. Only ever solitary. Also, they eat mosquitoes and are consequently a favorite of mine. (And if you're cruel/a child: if you throw a Daddy Long Legs into a fire they "scream". It's fascinating.)
Posted by moosefan on December 31, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Eeeeeeeeee! *gasp*

Eeeeeeeeee! *gasp*

Eeeeeeeeee! *gasp*

...okay, that was my fault for clicking the link.
Posted by weatherwax on December 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
8Way 31
I saw one of these spider cuddle puddles in Mexico once alongside a trail. I thought it was some animal fur that scraped off somehow. I walked up and touched it. Yes, I ran away screaming. The Mexicans we were with couldn't stop laughing...
Posted by 8Way on December 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM · Report this
despicable me 32
Holy crap! Gaaaahhhh
Posted by despicable me on December 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM · Report this
Poor little things. People, get a grip, there is nothing creepy about daddy-long-legs. You have been watching too many scary movies and not getting outdoors enough.
Posted by Carolyn J. on December 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 34
Rationally, I know they're harmless.

But rationality takes a vacation when my reptilian brain freaks right the fuck out seeing something like this.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on December 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM · Report this
sanguisuga 35
@31 - spider cuddle puddle! Squee!
Posted by sanguisuga on December 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM · Report this
I won't watch this because I can imagine what happens. Yikes! No thank you.
As Bill Murray says, "If spiders could fly, I'd never go outside."
Posted by Fire Chief on December 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM · Report this
fascinating. also kinda cool. cute too.
Posted by wingedkat on January 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM · Report this
chromie 38
Posted by chromie on January 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM · Report this
@34, I'm right there with you. I don't mind Daddy Long-Legs or ANY spider, really (when a spider gets into my house, I trap it if possible and relocate it to the outdoors before vacuuming its web up...I've been known to take pics of large spiders and/or impressive webs in my yard and leave them be if they're out of the way), but I got all itchy and twitchy watching that. It's kind of like my feeling about ants. If I see one or several marching down the sidewalk, I consider how cool it is that they operate the way they do. When a thousand of them are gloming onto a drop of spilled slushie on the sidewalk, it gives me a case of the heebie-jeebies.
Posted by Ms. D on January 1, 2014 at 1:42 AM · Report this
@29: That just horrified me. What kind of horrible person would throw a daddy long legs into the fire and listen to them scream?

I've always liked daddy long legs, but I admit that this video squicked me. Swarms of bugs are, I think, one of those things that are supposed to creep people out. After all, there might not be many kinds of swarming bugs that'll eat you alive/bite or sting you to death, but there are some, and if you don't run away quickly you're probably screwed. So it makes sense that humans have an instinct to run away from swarms of bugs, and it doesn't surprise me that people who aren't normally afraid of most creepy-crawlies instinctually shudder when they see a swarm.
Posted by alguna_rubia on January 1, 2014 at 6:30 AM · Report this
sissoucat 41
Poor cute opilions, they were cuddling... and some idiot had to disturb them.

Of course their running away is squick-inducing : 1. they're frightened themselves, 2. they're trying to frighten their predator away, 3. this rapid spreading ensures some will survive. Evolution made them frightening to us, so that we wouldn't keep on torturing or killing them all for fun. Remember the dodos ?

Anybody know why they huddle together like that ? I've never seen that happen here in France. Is is because they're too hot ? Too cold ? It's strange.
Posted by sissoucat on January 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 42
@36 Google "ballooning spider"
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Kind of feel bad for the little things ...
Posted by Amanda on January 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM · Report this
debug 44
@1 That spider wasn't pregnant. Female spiders carry their hundreds of babies on their backs (scorpions do too) so when you killed her the babies abandoned ship and went scurrying everywhere.

It's kind of yucky to see up close, google it if you dare!
Posted by debug on January 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
AFinch 45
I had no idea these guys clumped together like that. Very cool. At least this prompted me to read and learn something.

Oh: spiders don't carry their young inside to explode out when you squish them - the spin cocoons of eggs which generally hatch after the adult spider is dead and gone. For you arachnophobics: spiders do us a large regularly by eating a lot of insects that would generally attack us directly - something the vast majority of spiders don't do.
Posted by AFinch on January 3, 2014 at 5:06 AM · Report this
Oh come on, that was totally cool!

I guess arachnophobia runs rampant.

Posted by Married in MA on January 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM · Report this

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