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The convenient package contains everything you need
- a can full of spiders
- a chemical that attracts spiders to the frame of the
Release the spiders, and few hours later, you have a a
beautiful, functional spider web screen. Also great for
know it's not precise, but it's sure fun watching all those
damn mosquitoes get eaten.
[ixnaum, Jun 28 2010]
Note the extremely small gaps between strands.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 28 2010]
Similar and earlier Idea
[Vernon, Jun 28 2010]
30 April 2002
Found, ironically enough, on the World Wide Web ... [8th of 7, Jun 28 2010]
Spiders on drugs funny
[zeno, Jun 29 2010]
Spiders on drugs for real
All the drugs tested reduced web regularity except for small doses (0.1-0.3 µg) of LSD, which resulted in more ordered webs [zeno, Jun 29 2010]
||... sorry forgot to mention that these are social spiders (see link)
||I still have found that spiderwebs DO catch some bugs!! so [+]
||This could be deployed inside of a house, in a simple wooden square, rather than having to replace an existing window screen. The square could be moved around the house, depending on where you might have mosquito problems. It would catch fruit flies too.
||"The employment of spiders to solve global issues in
recent years has sparked a new paradigm amongst
scientist and buisnessman alike. The information age is
quickly being usurped by the arachnid age, a time
amongst people characterized by the pervasive use of
spiders to solve everyday problems such as taking out
the trash and bathing your children. The exact point at
which all this started is mostly uncertain, but some
analysts point to the famous and infamously tongue-
twistingly titled "spider web mosquito screens" as the
single most important entity in facilitating the
human/arachnid coexistence that so dominantly shapes
our lives today." New Scientist, 'What ever happened to
the Apocalypse?', July 2020, pp. 86-94.
||// The exact point at which all this started is mostly uncertain //
||30 April 2002, to be precise.
||Is someone still appraising these ideas based on pragmatic criteria?
||21 Quest - I like that caffeinated spider web link ... if
caffeine can have that effect, what about other
substances? Maybe the spiders can create other
patters beside spider webs if given the right