Ten Forward Lounge - Miscellaneous General Chat & Welcome Thread

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  1. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    LOL I think I scared everyone away :rofl:
     
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  2. KimMH

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    Tuesdays are just busy for everyone! Today should see more traffic!
     
  3. rredmond

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    My wife saw an episode of the Original Series when young that scared her, and now she can barely watch it! :shrug::biggrin:
     
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  4. KimMH

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    Show her the DS9 episode about the TOS episode about the Tribbles. Plenty of fun stuff to help her dip her toe into!
     
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  5. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Doing Whatever It Takes Moderator

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    Well, some people are afraid of spiders, so it’s probably just your av! :p

    (In seriousness, this thread is really intermittent anyway. I’m fairly certain the current lull isn’t due to anyone or anything in particular! :) )
     
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  6. rhubarbodendron

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    as a matter of fact I am scared big spiders myself. The one in my avatar is about the size of the Q on a keyboard. At this size I find spiders rather pretty and interesting. The largest one we have here is palm-sized, though, and that's a calibre far beyond my argh-threshold. On the other hand, they are very useful and much wronged critters. Since we tend to protect only animals we find cute, the jumping spider in my av is propably a good ambassador, with his violet eyes and the melancholic expression.
     
  7. rredmond

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    Spiders are generally good members of the outside community. :) But they do have that "oh crap" factor, particularly when a big one crawls out from under the dash when you are driving... [shudder]. but for the millions of good spiders, you've got the ones that bit you with crazy flesh eating poison, or are palm-sized (for real?? :eek:) or whatever. The large size of any bug freaks me out (except dragon flies, man those things are cool), I think a palm-sized lady bug would freak me the heck out! :D
    I went to college at a school in Pittsburgh, PA that had a neato basement tunnel thing that connected some of the dorms. A lot of duct work also went through those tunnels, so up high on the wall would be round ducts traveling through square cement openings, sorta like Jefferies tubes :rofl:. As I was walking with a friend through those tunnels we could hear the pitter patter of what sounded like many little feet. It was weird, the echos through you off, but we kept our heads down expecting to see a big bug skittering about. As we turned a corner, there was one of these openings above us, and a cockroach was running through the duct work tunnel so fast that when it hit the end it kind of flew out of the tunnel, right into my friends hair. She was not thrilled, and the echoing of her screams caused both of us to beat feet through to the other dorm. That story makes me chuckle and cringe all at the same time even in remembering!:klingon:
    --Ron--
     
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  8. rhubarbodendron

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    ^welcome to the board and all its horrors (which fortunately are only 2-legged ;) )

    LOL, I think if that cockroach-encounter had happened to me you'd have heard my screams on the backside of Pluto.

    Yes, we do have palm-sized spiders in Europe, but that measure includes the legs. Wikipedia's pic of the one sitting on a dollar bill is a full-sized male; the female is taller and plumper.
    in a German spider determination key a scientist writes (in earnest!) that a reliable method to overcome fear of spiders is to eat one. However, he adds, in case of this species the infallible remedy failed.
    While biologists as a species are pretty tough and definitely crazy, this particular specimen is one of a kind - or so I dearly hope...
     
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  9. KimMH

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    If I can meet spiders in a controlled way I'm ok but ANY creature that falls upon me will be screamed at in a panic and possibly stomped out of existence. This includes rodents.

    I don't particularly wish to eat any insects esp cockroaches. But if hungry have no doubt that I would.
     
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  10. rhubarbodendron

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    good point. A proverb in my country states that "hunger is the best chef". At my boarding school we starved and would eat pretty much anything non-metal we could lay hands on.
    But no fears! I don't eat newbies :D So once again welcome, @rredmond
     
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  11. rredmond

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    Thank you!
     
  12. Delta Vega

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    I didn't read 48 pages of this but I've stumbled in
    What's going on ?
     
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  13. rredmond

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    A rousing discussion about spiders methinks. :D
     
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    Facebook has a major glitch today and now every Star Trek group is speaking Tamarian
     
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  15. Delta Vega

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    It's snakes who freak me out more than anything, thank god I'm extremely unlikely to confront one
    Spiders are for the watching as well, mind you
     
  16. rhubarbodendron

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    ^ Are there poisonous snakes in your country? Over here we have only 1 (moderately) poisonous species and that one is very shy and peaceful.
     
  17. Delta Vega

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    Only one, not in areas I frequent
     
  18. rhubarbodendron

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    Wise precaution :)
     
  19. Bluenova

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    Okay, I feel really dumb. I've lurked on these boards for some time, more to check up on behind the scenes news and new releases and so on. On more than one ocassion I've seen an interesting thread and thought about opening an account, but never got around to it. Today I thought, I'm gonna take the plunge and join up - only to be told that my email was already registered! Turns out I'd joined up some time ago and somehow totally forgotten :whistle: :lol:

    Anyway, spiders - we have a pet tarantula. He (we think it's a he) is very cute :)
     
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  20. think

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    seems the male spider likes the female legs on them .. the size of the legs IDK I saw a documentary a long long time ago where they had a female and in the shadow they increased a certain part of the ends of her legs and the male spider sorta lost his mind bouncing all over the place. strange I remember that ? but the male dies after mating with spiders and it is something of a puzzle to me not like the praying mantis that eats the males' head but just some kind of thing to die after sex Don't know ...
     
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