A German company developed a pane glass for windows that replicates the way birds see spiders' webs so they will avoid flying into them, thus greatly reducing the high avian death rate caused by collision with building windows phys.org/news/2010-08-bir…
β€œthe ancient Greeks used spider web clusters to stop bleeding in soldiers. They combined honey and vinegar to clean out the wounds. Then a wad of spider webs would be placed on top and held until the bleeding reduced.” interestingengineering.co…
In Toy Story 4 instead of creating all of the individual cobwebs by hand, Pixer created AI spiders that were programmed to spin the webs wherever the cobwebs needed to be. kottke.org/19/09/pixars-a…
N95 masks work like spider webs by using inter-molecular forces and electrostatic attraction to stick particles to the fibers. youtube.com/watch?v=eAdan…
Some spiders create beautiful patterns in their webs of spirals, disc shapes or vertical lines; although there are several theories it’s not certain why they do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web…
Spiders make Stonehenge like structures with their webs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Fishermen use kites and spiders' webs to catch needlefish (Solomon Islands) youtube.com/watch?v=N-hmH…
White-crested helmetshrikes (Prionops plumatus) are native to sub-Saharan Africa. They build their nests collectively with bits of bark stripped off of trees binding them together with spider webs.The birds acquire these webs by flying through spider webs using their flared crests as collectors. theflacks.co.za/birds/whi…
Spiders are incapable of constructing anything resembling a normal logical web that would be of any functional use when given caffeine, even relative to other potent drugs tested (LSD, Speed and Marijuana) ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?…
Spiders recycle their webs popsci.com/blog-network/e…
Spiders change their web day to day, which can be explained by bees' ability to remember web patterns. Bees are able to associate a certain pattern with a spatial location, meaning the spider must spin a new pattern regularly or suffer diminishing prey capture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agg…
There's only one spider web farm in the world where the owners make wooden frames for orb-weaver spiders, then take the webs to preserve them and turn them into works of arthropod art. More than 16,000 webs have been collected since 1977! atlasobscura.com/places/k…
A mother black lace-weaver spider will drum on her web to call her babies to come and eat her alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Today I learned about Dr. Peter N Witt, who tested drugs on spiders causing them to weave different types of webs based on which drug they were exposed to (LSD, Marijuana, Caffeine, etc). drpeterwitt.com/spider-we…
The Legend of the Christmas Spider is an Eastern European folktale explaining tinsel on Christmas trees. A poor widow could not afford to decorate her tree. A spider covered it in cobwebs overnight. Morning sunlight turned the webs into gold and silver. They never lived in poverty again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Leaf curling spiders behave in two exceptionally remarkable ways: they use their "web" to bend leaves and form a closed shelter for their offspring, and in some species even sacrifice themselves as food for their children! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The web of a black widow spider is stronger than high tensile steel by weight. newsweek.com/black-widow-…
Despite being no larger than 4cm, the female Darwin's Bark Spider can create a web bridge spanning up to 75 feet across rivers by releasing several strands of silk which the wind carries to the other side. She then reinforces it, allowing her to hunt for insects flying over the river. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
A promotional sequence for the first Spider-man (2001) movie featured bad guys in a chopper trapped by a web made by Spider-man in between the two World Trade Centers. It was considered one of the most successful pieces of visual marketing since "Terminator 2." It was pulled after 9/11. youtube.com/watch?v=bjtXU…
It is common for spiders to eat their own web to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus recycled, and as the web loses its stickiness the longer it hangs, a newly constructed web is most effective for catching spider food! smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
In 17th-century Poland, wet bread mixed with spider webs was used to cure wounds. It may sound stupid, but it work, as the bread contained fungal spores, including penicillin and naturally produced antibiotic substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Spiders build different webs while on drugs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
Mazda had to recall 52k cars due to a species of spider loving the smell of gasoline so much it chose to build its web in the cars emission systems. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
In 2009 workers at a Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant called for help to deal with a community of over 100 million Orb-Weaver Spiders which created a web that covered approximately four acres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb…
The funnel-web spiders venom is extremely toxic to primates, but mostly harmless to many other animals. There are no primates in Australia, apart from humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
The Hymenoepimecis Argyraphaga is a wasp that paralyzes a spider to lay an egg in its abdomen. The resulting larva will then use a mind-altering chemical to modify the spider's web building behavior in order to make a web strong enough to support the larva's cocoon. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Australia has spider drop off points where you can leave your spare funnel-web and red-black spiders. reptilepark.com.au/venom-…
Australian Funnel-Web spider fangs can penetrate fingernails and shoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
During eclipses, spiders can be seen to dismantle their own webs. academia.edu/20993501/Beh…
Spider webs can be used for blood clotting in case of an injury. remedygrove.com/remedies/…
Madame Web in Spider-Man: The Animated Series was voiced by Stan Lee's wife, Joan Lee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
NASA gave drugs to spiders and studied their resulting webs, allegedly as a test to compare toxicity. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Spiders use the breeze to start spinning a web between two trees that are feet apart. The thread that is produced is not sticky or gluey, but is still able to stick to trees and other surfaces. earthsky.org/earth/how-do…
Spiders are often Omniverous, using their web to catch pollen, which can make up 25% of their diet. journals.plos.org/plosone…
There a male spiders called β€œnursery web spiders” that bondage their partners before and during sex. news.nationalgeographic.c…
WWII bomb sights were originally made using the web of black widow spiders commons.wikimedia.org/wik…
The last time someone was killed by a spider in australia was in 2016, the second last time was in 1979, a total of 37 years. this was due to an anti-venom being made in 1980 for funnel web spiders. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
Australian funnel web spiders are accidentally toxic given the fact the venom appears to be fairly harmless to many other animals except primates and no primates are native to Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
It is common for spiders to eat their own web daily to reuse the silk proteins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The Sydney Funnel-web spider has fangs larger than a brown snake that can pierce leather and toenails, like to live in suburban conditions, their males like to 'wander' in the wet season, and whose poison can kill a human in 15 minutes. australiangeographic.com.…
A 4 acre spiderweb was located at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2009; the web was home to 107 million spiders of various species. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
There is a tiny spider that builds large, fake spiders in their web out of debris to serve as decoys. voices.nationalgeographic…
In 1973 NASA sent two spiders known as Arabella and Anita into space to see if the could spin a web without gravity. It took the spiders a couple days to figure out, but they eventually ended up making webs that were finer and more complex than their earth counterparts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
There is a spider that builds larger fake spiders and hangs them in its web wired.com/2012/12/spider-…
107 million spiders invaded a factory and covered every surface with heavy sheets of web. wired.com/2014/10/4-acre-…
The deadly Australian funnel-web spider has strong enough fangs to penetrate toenails and soft shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
A single spider can produce 7 different types of silk, which they utilize for constructing different parts of the web, egg sacs, and capturing/wrapping prey (infographic including in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
In 2012, floodwaters in Wagga Wagga, Australia drove millions of spiders to find higher ground, swathing the landscape in a silky and silvery web. abc.net.au/news/2012-03-0…
Spiders exposed to LSD create "very complex three-dimensional webs" that appear psychedelic. theguardian.com/science/2…
There is a 4-acre spider web engulfing an entire building in Baltimore, with an estimated 107 million spiders wired.com/2014/10/4-acre-…
Spiders like listening to classical music, according to research at Miami University. When listening to techno and rap, they made their webs as far away from the speaker as possible, but when listening to Bach, they made their webs as near to the speaker as possible jrscience.wcp.miamioh.edu…
Hummingbirds use spiders' webs to glue their nests together. hummingbirdsociety.org/in…
Today I learned of the Spitting Spider which instead of using a web, spits a fluid that congeals on contact into a venomous and sticky mass. spiderid.com/spider/scyto…
The male orb-web spider has detachable genitalia such that he can flee while simultaneously finishing intercourse so that his mate won't eat him. msnbc.msn.com/id/46212301…
Spiders build webs by spinning a thread into the wind which sticks to a random spot, it then becomes a tightrope to spin the rest of the web from. earthsky.org/earth/how-do…
Over 107 million spiders made a communal 4 acre web in a wastewater treatment plant in Baltimore inhabitat.com/107-million…
It is common for spiders to eat their own web daily to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus recycled. wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider…
A community of monks in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century invented a method of painting on canvas made from spider webs, and today less than 100 known examples exist. auxfilsdelart.com/histoir…
Spiders tune each strand of their web to a specific frequency by making some strans tighter than others so that when something is caught in it, the spider can easily pinpoint where it is. This is also used for determining whether what cause the sound is a food or a potential mate. npr.org/2014/06/10/319179…
In order to try an avoid being eaten by its mate, the male orb-web spider has detachable genitals that keep pumping after it's run away. livescience.com/18227-can…
Spiders and spider webs are a traditional Christmas tree decoration in Ukraine. vancouverchristmasmarket.…
, that Golden Age comic book character Spider Queen was the first character to have wrist-mounted web shooters, predating Spider-Man by two decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
A noted fetish artist lived with "Spider-Man" co-creator Steve Ditko, and once said "I think I added the business about the webs coming out of his hands." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned of different species of social spiders that live together on webs made by all of the residents allowing them to take much bigger prey than if they were solitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The original teaser trailer for Sam Raimi`s 2002 Spider-Man film contained a scene where Spider-Man spins a web between the Twin Towers to trap bank robbers escaping in a helicopter. The trailer was pulled following the attacks of 9/11. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The function of stabilimenta (intricate web-decorations) made by orb-weaver spiders may be to attract ultra-violet sensitive insect prey. Their purpose is still subject to debate in the scientific community. Suggestions include bird scarers, mating signs, sun shades, camouflage & stabilisers. bbc.co.uk/nature/19639387
The Sydney Funnel-web spider has fangs larger than a brown snake's. australiangeographic.com.…
The spider web with the "stickiest silk on record belongs to Hyptiotes, a spider that spins a bizarre triangular web, which it stretches taut with one leg. When an insect flies into it, Hyptiotes releases its web, which springs back and envelops the insect." [Watch The Video] blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Giving psychoactive drugs to spiders causes them to weave differently-patterned webs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
There is a spider web farm in Vermont (closed until summer due to fire) spiderwebfarm.com/
The spider of Charlotte's Web, Charlotte A. Cavatica, is named such after the scientific name of the barn spider, Araneus cavaticus. npr.org/2008/08/04/932634…
If you give a spider different types of drugs, each drug will effect the way the web looks differently. sciencealert.com/spider-o…
In 2009, a wastewater treatment plant experienced an "extreme spider situation", wherein over one hundred million spiders spun sheets of webs covering most of the interior of the plant. entsoc.org/PDF/2010/Orb-w…
The Portia spider is the smartest spider in the world. It hunts web-spinning spiders, and not only is it is born knowing how to thwart all kinds of web layouts and detection methods, but it can learn new ones by trial and error. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
In 1995, a NASA research team experimented on the effect of caffeine, benzedrine, marijuana and chloral hydrate on European garden spiders. Their experiments have shown that common house spiders spin their webs in different ways according to the psychotropic drug they have been given. kscience.co.uk/resources/…
Suzuki recalled 19k sedans in U.S. as spider webs could block gas vents reuters.com/article/us-au…
There was a Peanuts/Spider-Man Crossover comic strip, in which, Spider-Man helps Charlie Brown kick the football by trapping Lucy in a web. scans-daily.dreamwidth.or…
Nursery web spider variety when mating gives wrapped gifts to female spiders, if rejected they will play dead and repeat the process. motherboard.vice.com/2011…
Spiders can fly by shooting long strands of web into the air and riding the string like a sail. Some have been spotted at altitudes of 4 kilometers. youtu.be/1GL09bXxbi4?t=3m…
There are only two kinds of Australian spiders that you actually need to worry about, the Funnel-Web and the Mouse Spider. And nobody has killed by a spider since 1979. stjohn.org.au/assets/uplo…
The "spitting spider" is not only the only spider that can "shoot web" at its prey at speeds too fast for the human eye, but the web has actually been evolved to contract and tighten around it's prey; rendering it immobile. youtube.com/watch?v=1GL09…
A zoologist and NASA scientists gave spiders marijuana, LSD, and other drugs to see how they built their webs under the influence and to test drug toxicity. Caffeine was the worst. priceonomics.com/a-brief-…
The Sydney funnel web spider has not been blamed for any reported deaths since the anti-venom programme started in 1981 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd…
The longest spider web weaved was by the Darwin's bark spider, whose web can reach up to 82 feet. better-find.com/9-scaries…
In the first trailer for Spider-Man(2002), Tobey Maguire had mechanical web shooters! worstpreviews.com/headlin…
SE Asian orb web male spiders purposely castrate themselves after mating. They amputate their 2 pedipalps (appendages for having sex), leaving them inside the female; this plugs up the female, preventing another male from impregnating her. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The New Zealand tunnel web spider was described by Peter Jackson as the inspiration for Shelob in his The Lord of the Rings films. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Before the use of gauze, people used to put spider webs on wounds. thenakedscientists.com/ar…
Spiders can be found flying on webs at 14,000 feet high, and that as many as 3 Billion insects can be above you at any 1 time in a 0.6x0.6 mile square youtube.com/watch?v=-QxfO…
Spider web silk was once used for crosshairs in rifles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Spider webs are used by hummingbirds to lash their nests together. wildbirdsonline.com/artic…
The idea of seeing how drugs effect spiders' web building was stumbled upon by a zoologist who just wanted to watch them build their webs at a time other than 2:00 AM. vice.com/read/have-scient…
Spiders avoid getting tangled in their own webs by spinning sticky and non-sticky silk. They avoid walking on the sticky silk. In addition, spiders have moveable claws on their feet that grip and release the web’s threads as they walk. loc.gov/rr/scitech/myster…
The Diving Bell Spider lives almost it's entire life in a web that can (in oxygen rich water) replenish it's oxygen supply by acting as a gill, drawing oxygen from the water itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
The width of a strand of spider web silk is roughly the same as the diameter of a typical bacterium, yeast cell, and human blood cell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_m…
Today I learned of a spider species that's attracted to the smell of petroleum and has caused problems by weaving webs inside the canister vent of particular models of Mazda vehicles. Mazda issued a voluntary recall of Mazda 6 models to fit them with software which would alert drivers if problems developed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Nasa tested drugs on spiders, and observed how they built their webs on the different drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
Spider-Man's web shooters are close to reality, and the design is close to that of what comic book writers created over 50 years ago. gmanetwork.com/news/story…
Spiders have difficulty spinning webs when exposed to Marijuana, and even greater difficulty from Caffeine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…

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