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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:14 pm

I confess that while attempting to capture a large house centipede for
nefarious purposes (matching it in a death battle against a large spider) i
have now killed two innocent centipedes. Turns out that their legs are
super fragile and break off with only slight pressure. I need to find a
new way to capture them -- the plastic cup method does not seem to be
working.

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Post by precipitate » Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:31 pm

> Turns out that their legs are super fragile and break off with only
> slight pressure.

And they die because of that? Huh. Lots of insects drop appendages as a
defense mechanism so they can't be caught by them. Ask me about
kneecapping crickets sometime. Usually makes them slower, but
doesn't kill them and gives them a chance to breed. Of course, I don't
know if it would be a fair fight against the spider with the missing limbs.

> I need to find a new way to capture them

Without picking them up in your hand, I assume? I would think that a
piece of stiff paper and a cup or jar would work. Use the paper to herd
the centipede into the container. But you've probably tried that already.
Might also try a plastic spoon as a herding tool.

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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:50 pm

>> And they die because of that?

Nah, they die 'cuz after they lose their legs they look sad and unable to
take care of themselves. So i squish them.

>> Of course, I don't know if it would be a fair fight against the spider
with the missing limbs.

Exactly.

>> I need to find a new way to capture them
>Without picking them up in your hand, I assume?

They stay still sometimes, but once they move they are super super fast.
The cup and paper method is the one i've been using, but i can't herd the
centipedes 'cuz as soon as they see movement from me they are off and
running. And when i see them run towards me i get into borderline
screaming-chick-standing-on-a-chair mode, 'cuz, well, something that
ugly speeding towards me like that freaks me out on some kind of
instinctual leve.

I keep trying to just sneak up and drop the cup on top of them but each
time i either end up chopping their legs off or missing them all together.
Next step is to try a large plastic bowl or something instead of the cup.
Or i may try vacumming one up with my dust buster and see if it survives.

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Post by Juju » Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:10 pm

I completely understand the "screaming chick on chair" mode.

house centipedes are the ugliest scariest bugs I've ever encountered. I killed many last summer.

howsabout a clear plastic shoebox?
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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:19 pm

> hows about a clear plastic shoebox?

brilliant idea. i have some clear boxes too, and they are big enough that
i'm much less likely to hit the legs during the capture. thanks for the
suggestion.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:26 pm

Juju wrote:I completely understand the "screaming chick on chair" mode.

house centipedes are the ugliest scariest bugs I've ever encountered. I killed many last summer.

howsabout a clear plastic shoebox?
There is something in the Mojave desert called a Sun Spider. It is translucent so that you can see their innards. They have huge claw/fang looking things. They are aggresive as hell, and though not poisonous, have a pretty wicked bite. Creeped the living shit out of my as a kid when I first moved to the Mojave.
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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:31 pm

>> There is something in the Mojave desert called a Sun Spider.

Holy Fucking Shit -- how large are those things?

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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 2:39 pm

Here's a great close-up of a house centipede:

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I can't wait to see this thing do battle.

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Post by telizas » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:01 pm

OK, from someone who has a deep-seated bug phobia:

THANKS A WHOLE FUCKING LOT! for making me PUKE.

bitching over. Carry on. :P
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Post by nymphgonebad » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:02 pm

girlie wrote:> hows about a clear plastic shoebox?

brilliant idea. i have some clear boxes too, and they are big enough that
i'm much less likely to hit the legs during the capture. thanks for the
suggestion.
you know you're a burnerd when someone on e-playa makes a suggestion and you just happen to have the very item they were talking about, stuffed in the back of the closet.

oops. sorry. i thought this was the "you know you're a bernerd when..." thread.

i confess that while the hydrocodone is great for back pain, it does fuck all for my add, dyslexia and my editorial skills.


watch out for falling thread drift!!!!!!!!!

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Post by precipitate » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:12 pm

> And when i see them run towards me i get into borderline
> screaming-chick-standing-on-a-chair mode,

I understand it, though I don't think that mode works in me. I had to catch
a grasshopper that was freaking Caution out the other day, and she's not
particularly squeamish most of the time either.

If you want help catching one, let me know. My services are available.

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Post by glam_daddy » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:23 pm

i confess that i have never had as much fun as i did my first year

i confess that i wish that i had interated with people more this year

i confess that this year was my first year that i had a girl friend with me and i was extreeeemly nervous and in the end we had an amazing time and grew much closer

i confess my art vehicle may not have had extreem body alterations

i confess that i did waaay to much drugs this year in an attempt to experience what i experienced my first year

i confess that i worry about my girl friend cheating on me at BM

i confess that i hate it when my boss at work asks me how BM was
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Post by glam_daddy » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:31 pm

furthermore i confess that this music video which was linked somewhere in the old e playa makes me extreemly horny. and in need of a power drill.

http://www.video-c.co.uk/frontend/asp/m ... e=ADSLprog

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Post by III » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:53 pm

i confess that i think precipitate's lack of screaming-chick-standing-on-a-chair mode is a big part of why she likes me...
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Post by girlie » Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:56 pm

III wrote:i confess that i think precipitate's lack of screaming-chick-standing-on-a-chair mode is a big part of why she likes me...
I could think of a million other reasons that are much more likely.
Though i could see why her lack of that mode could be a big part
of why you like her.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Wed Sep 24, 2003 8:21 pm

girlie wrote:>> There is something in the Mojave desert called a Sun Spider.

Holy Fucking Shit -- how large are those things?
Sun spiders are also called wind scorpions because they run extremely fast. They are found mostly in hot, dry areas in India, the Caribbean, western USA and northern Mexico, though six of the 800 species can be found in Europe. They resemble large spiders, but have enormous jaws which can project upwards, and they use only their last three pairs of legs for running, the front pair being sensory. They feed on insects, birds and lizards to small mammals and even scorpions- captured by the pedipalps and torn apart by the jaws.

The info I found on the size says 1-2 inches, but that must be local or Egyptian variaties as I have captured ones that were close to 4 inches where I used to live.
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Post by nymphgonebad » Wed Sep 24, 2003 8:30 pm

i confess that every time ariana huffington opens her mouth, i want to stick my tongue down her throat:

"let's just continue and see who can speak louder in a foreign accent."

fucking brilliant.

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Post by Badger » Wed Sep 24, 2003 11:14 pm

I would be Arianna's dog.
Desert dogs drink deep.

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Post by nymphgonebad » Thu Sep 25, 2003 12:09 am

Badger wrote:I would be Arianna's dog.
hey, it's good work, if you can get it.

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Post by Lydia Love » Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:26 am

omigod Badger the pink(!!) thing avatar. Cracking me up.
It's all about the squirrels.

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Post by PJ » Thu Sep 25, 2003 8:05 am

Speaking of critters with a high human gross-out factor, I still think the Pipa Toad ranks #1 because of the mucus layer on the back into which the eggs are squished so they'll be safe until they hatch.

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Post by Spokes » Thu Sep 25, 2003 8:08 am

Aren't the little pipa babies cute with their little pipa eyeballs looking out through their mucus glasses?

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Post by J » Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:47 am

I detest running shoes and jeans, I have not worn either in almost a decade.

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Post by Flux » Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:47 pm

I detest underwear, and have only worn it under duress for the last 28 years.

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Post by Lydia Love » Thu Sep 25, 2003 2:03 pm

I confess to not giving a shit about work today.

I confess that in my sleep deprived state lately I might be saying more than I should. I confess that I don't care now but I might after a nap.

I confess that the giant pipa toad .jpg is kinda freakin me out.

I confess that the phrase "mucus glasses" is kinda freakin me out too.
It's all about the squirrels.

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Post by drowned_saved » Thu Sep 25, 2003 2:35 pm

Spokes wrote:Aren't the little pipa babies cute with their little pipa eyeballs looking out through their mucus glasses?
I confess...I smeared mucus on their glasses.
i spilled sputum on their spectacles.

...was a spur of the moment thing, conceived without a trace of malice.

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Post by shuranuff » Thu Sep 25, 2003 4:25 pm

Flux wrote:I detest underwear, and have only worn it under duress for the last 28 years.
my dad feels the same way. he does, however, extoll the virtues of underwear when horseback riding. it's a painful story even for me to hear and i'm a chick.

oh, guess i better confess to something. well, i confess to drooling over a hottie today who was WAYYY too young for me.

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Post by antron » Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:32 pm

smileytoes wrote:i confess to drooling over a hottie today who was WAYYY too young for me.
i confess that as i get older, the acceptable age-range and body-types of people that i am attracted to gets wider...far wider

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Post by antron » Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:37 pm

Flux wrote:I detest underwear, and have only worn it under duress for the last 28 years.
the thing about wearing underwear under your duress is you get these panty lines...

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Post by Spokes » Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:37 pm

I think it is just about this time in the reproductive cycle when the male pipa toad starts thinking other male pipa toads are looking pretty hot.

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