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Old 26th August 2007, 09:40 PM
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I hate Spiders!

This happened last year but thought I would share it so it doesn't happen to others. On doing a service On the wifes TDI disco, I casually opened up the airbox to replace the airfilter and the what do I find. THE BIGGEST HARIEST 8 LEGGED (8 LEGS!! thats way too many!) Huntsman hanging on to the airfilter. #$%#$@ Well that was flung down the paddock pretty quickly. Bugger must of crawled down the Snorkel. The mesh ontop of the snorkel is way too big to let something the size of a small dog down there! THOSE WITH SNORKELS BEWARE.
They never used to worry me and I used to be able to pick them. It's just when they catch you unawares. Like the time I was driving in the dark in Melbourne and felt one walking up the back of my head! ( I had short Short hair) Taking a deep breath checking mirrors and then smaking myself around, only to realise that I dind't know where it went and it would be annoyed now! I caught its outline on the driver window passing a street light and squashed it with my elbow.
And then there is the time last year whilst cutting a big blue gum. Every year I attack this fallen blue gum tree and everyyear I stop cutting when I see the first huntsmen. My Third year cutting up this tree I remember the previous years and wonder if they have moved their nest. After 15 minutes on the Chainsaw I saw big MOMMA strutting around and that was it. Off with the saw and start walking back to the ute. Carrying the saw in one hand some long grass tickled the top of that hand. I just caught myself in time before I almost threw the chainsaw into the scrub!
I have had them crawl over my shirt whilst cutting wood only to brush them off and not worry.
Last month I got home to find the mother of all huntsmens. This thing was huge. and it was in the hallway. Worse still I had to get passed it. My wife wouldn't let me get the 12 guage. I was quite happy to patch the holes later and repaint. Anyway from memory I think I got a shoe and squashed it. I don't rememember screaming like a girl at all.
An old guy once stopped me in a supermarket to tell me about his motorbike, ( I had a mbike helmet under my arm at the time). It used to have a side car and he kept it in the shed where he would take his helmet off and throw it in the side car till next time. One time he took off only to have a huntsmen crawl down his visor on the inside of the helmet. URghhh. Today I donned the skid lid to go and round up some sheep and was just about to throw it on my head when I thought of this story and pulled up short and checked inside the helmet. TO find, Nothing. but the day I don't check no doubt you will all hear me scream as I throw the helmet down the paddock to join the air filter!
Theres gotta be some funny stories out there. Let s hear them.
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Old 26th August 2007, 10:13 PM
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mate you have creeped me out!!!!!!!
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Old 26th August 2007, 10:23 PM
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An acquaintance of mine has a small farm outside of Canberra and he drives a small MG Midget. He parks the car in his farm shed and doesn't close the windows.

He hadn't driven the car for a while and decided to drive it too work. As he drove he turned into the morning sun so had to pull the sunvisor down and a whole nest of huntsman's fell down from behind the sunvisor into his lap - luckily it had been raining and the dirt bank on the side of the road was soft and didn't do much damage to the car when he ran into it more worried about where the huntsman's were going than where he was going.

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Old 26th August 2007, 10:23 PM
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One of my uncles is averse to spiders, he stepped of a motorbike at a fair pace in the scrub when one crawled up the inside of his visor...
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Old 26th August 2007, 10:50 PM
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Gillie, I had the twin sister of your BIG MOMMA walking across the windscreen while driving one day, thought I'd show her the way off with a swipe of the windscreen wiper, off she went and straight in my drivers window and plopped right in the middle of my chest. I bravely beat it to death with a few deft punches, I had bruises on my chest for a week, I didn't really think I could punch that hard, bugger, Regards Frank.
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One of my uncles is averse to spiders, he stepped of a motorbike at a fair pace in the scrub when one crawled up the inside of his visor...
A friend of mine is absolutely Paranoid about Spiders and bugs, he was driving his ute when he dipped the sun visor and a large Wolf spider dropped on his lap, it was dead but he didn't hang around (well in a way he did) to check it's pulse. he unbuckled his seat belt, opened the door and bailed out, well almost, in his panic he got his arm and head tangled in the belt (non retractable). So he got dragged by the neck along the road beside his driverless ute at about 50klms/hour till the ute smacked into a light pole, had a few scratches, though I believe the coppers had a good laugh when they booked him for Neg. driving, Regards Frank.
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Old 27th August 2007, 12:07 AM
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i hate it when you know theres one on the roof of your car but not sure exactly where. it took me a lot of courage to quickly get of the car and slam the door shut, before the bastard could get it.
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Old 27th August 2007, 12:33 AM
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When my mum was in school (coupla years back now) she found a nest of huntsman's, so she took them to school and put one in everybody's desk, but got found out coz she forgot to put one in her own!
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Old 27th August 2007, 09:06 AM
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Spider stories, there are good and bad, mostly bad.
I can't stand them but have learnt to live with them up here in paradise.
I used to spray the veranda each season with all forms of toxic waste, till somebody pointed out they catch and eat things that eat things you are growing, so now i use a cobweb brush and have the outer end of the veranda as their 'zone'. So when i see spider webs all through the orchard i now see it as a good sign as they eat the 'bad' bugs, especially because i do not spray.Then there is the bitting spiders that get me every year, usually in autumn. But thats another story.

Have had the things crawl over my hands at night while driving, mainly huntsmans. but the funniest story was an ex neighbour from when i lived in the shire, she was driving to work and a large huntsman crawled over the outside of her windscreen, she freaked, stopped ( in a line of traffic) and proceeded to belt the daylights out of the spider with a large umbrella, her car a brand new toyota echo, spider disappered, was left with dents on the bonnet, roof and doors from the umbrella. And this from a person that kept snakes and rats as pets.



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Old 27th August 2007, 09:47 AM
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but it has something to do with the joys of rural living.
i can catch the huntsmans now with a broom and release them outside. took ages to get it right, I figure they eat big bugs so they serve a purpose.


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