that's a lot of fucking spiders

What I want to know is, how someone could, in good conscience, post this story without any pictures. (And second, who thinks "hectare" is a useful unit of measure?)

"Spiders weave huge natural wonder in B.C."

[...] Brian Thair of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George said he saw a silky, white web stretching 60 hectares across a field. "When you see horror movies with spider web festooned from this place to that place and so on, it comes nowhere near approaching what occurred in this field," Thair told CBC Radio's As It Happens.

A typical barbwire fence on wood posts surrounded the field about six kilometres east of McBride in the Robson Valley. Thair said it looked like the whole area was covered with an opaque, white plastic grocery store bag.

The thin, elastic coasting was not soft and fluffy like webs built by individual spiders. There were about two spiders per square centimetre laying the silk. [...]

There were "in the order of tens of millions of spiders running frantically back and forth," but they weren't interacting with each other. [...]

"Or maybe it was an effort collectively by these spiders to try and catch a sheep."

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6 Responses:

  1. ralesk says:

       Well, for the rest of the world that uses the metric system, a hectare is 10k square metres or 100 ares.  Also is 100ha one sq km.  But I guess you know these just dislike metric or something :P

    • jwz says:

      I honestly had no idea "hectare" had anything to do with the metric system; I thought it was one of those goofily arbitrary measures like "furlong" or "acre" or "knot". But "10 square km" sure sounds like a clearer way of expressing it.

      • ralesk says:

           It sure is weird.  Maybe the reason for its existence is that they could make the people of old times accept it better for land measurement than 0.01 km2.

           Similar but kinda the opposite situation how "Pfund" (pound) keeps up at 0.5 kg in German speaking countries (and also in the Netherlands).

  2. Hmmm. Mabe they could make some armor out of all that web.

  3. How the hell do you have a story like that without a picture?

    I want to see some fucking spider handiwork over here.