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Giant spider in Manchester?
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:20:21 AM »
Posted just now on Facebook:




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THIS was actually found this morning in a house in Manchester, , Fire Brigade were apparently shit scared and handed it over to a spider specialist. Family fled screaming from their home, , think Id do same its like something from a horror movie.

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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 01:23:41 AM »
Impossible to tell how big it is, even if its not fake...
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 01:56:41 AM »
Living in Australia, I wouldn't be completely surprised to find a huntsman spider that big in the house.

Even if you allow that the window recess is 4 inches (unlikely, far more likely that the groove is about 1 inch and the total recess 3 inches max), that spider wouldn't be 10 inches diameter.
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 07:35:30 AM »
Living in Australia, I wouldn't be completely surprised to find a huntsman spider that big in the house.

Even if you allow that the window recess is 4 inches (unlikely, far more likely that the groove is about 1 inch and the total recess 3 inches max), that spider wouldn't be 10 inches diameter.

This is why I couldn't live in Australia (or any other place that had spiders as big as that). I honestly don't know what I would do if there was a spider that big in my house. I would probably literally shoot it if I had a gun in my hand. I hate nature  >:(
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 12:12:17 PM »
Ooooooooo laaaaaaaa. It's one of the martians from war of the worlds.
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 05:50:10 PM »
Living in Australia, I wouldn't be completely surprised to find a huntsman spider that big in the house.

Even if you allow that the window recess is 4 inches (unlikely, far more likely that the groove is about 1 inch and the total recess 3 inches max), that spider wouldn't be 10 inches diameter.

This is why I couldn't live in Australia (or any other place that had spiders as big as that). I honestly don't know what I would do if there was a spider that big in my house. I would probably literally shoot it if I had a gun in my hand. I hate nature  >:(


Meh, they aren't a problem in the house (although my wife tends to disagree).

They do, however, scare shit out of you when the are driving along at night and you suddenly discover one on the driver's side window. You only see a silhouette of a spider that's bigger than you hand and something in the primeval brain screams "It's going to kill you" (This isn't uncommon* for people living in my area, possibly once or twice a year**).


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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 06:05:23 PM »
I can't see anything.  :(

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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 12:37:15 AM »
Spiders that size are reasonably common in my house (West Australia)
It’s especially unpleasant when you pull on a shirt and feel one scrabbling up your back.

A smaller Huntsman I caught a while back (space marine for scale :P)


Did they really call the fire brigade for a spider....
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2012, 01:18:28 AM »
Spiders that size are reasonably common in my house (West Australia)
It’s especially unpleasant when you pull on a shirt and feel one scrabbling up your back.

A smaller Huntsman I caught a while back (space marine for scale :P )


Did they really call the fire brigade for a spider....


Clearly us Aussies are made of tougher stuff.
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2012, 01:23:31 AM »
You should see what I found in my bedroom when I lived in Africa...

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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2012, 09:18:19 AM »
gross
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2012, 10:34:55 AM »
Ooooooooo laaaaaaaa. It's one of the martians from war of the worlds.

John Carpenter's The Thing came to my mind.

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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 10:57:13 AM »
We have Huntsman spiders in Florida. Heard they came into Miami with bananas years ago. I've had many near and in my house, they are a little disconcerting because of their size, but otherwise no problem. I got bit by one because I was messing with it and trying to get it out of the house, the bite didn't hurt too bad and they aren't poisonous.  They call them Housekeeping spiders in the country. Apparently, they keep all other bugs out of a house.
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 11:24:56 AM »
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/giant-spider-manchester.shtml

btw here is the exact same photo from April 2011.

http://helablog.com/2011/04/i-believe-what-we-have-here-is-a-mexican-standoff/

Yeah my skepti-sense went off right away. It is likely (according to the article) that the spider is indeed real. However, since the photo is much older than claimed by the FB poster, it was likely a hoax to increase fear in people...probably for fun.
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Re: Giant spider in Manchester?
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012, 11:29:08 AM »
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/giant-spider-manchester.shtml

btw here is the exact same photo from April 2011.

http://helablog.com/2011/04/i-believe-what-we-have-here-is-a-mexican-standoff/

Yeah my skepti-sense went off right away. It is likely (according to the article) that the spider is indeed real. However, since the photo is much older than claimed by the FB poster, it was likely a hoax to increase fear in people...probably for fun.


Darn, you beat me to it

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