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    Sagan's Avatar Carl Sagan
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    Face-Sized Spiders Discovered in Sri Lanka

    By Matt Peckham
    April 04, 2013



    Some thing may forever haunt our dreams. Like the words “spider” and “face-sized” used in a sentence together.

    And yet here those words are, straight from northern Sri Lanka, where scientists say they’ve discovered a new type of giant tarantula with a leg span of up to eight inches. Grab your rulers and mirrors, because yep, that’s about the average length of a human noggin.

    As if that weren’t frightening enough (or cool enough — you pick), this particular spider was found living in trees. Anyone who’s ever walked beneath a tree and wound up brushing away a tiny spider knows that some arachnids enjoy an arboreal life, dangling from silken threads to surprise unsuspecting trail-walkers. Now imagine one the size of a volleyball landing on you like one of the facehuggers from Alien.

    And in case you were thinking they probably look far worse than they are, this one’s actually quite venomous. Oh, and fast — because of course it is. So now imagine being chased by a poisonous, sprinting, face-sized spider.



    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/04/...-in-sri-lanka/
    http://youtu.be/zSgiXGELjbc

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    "Face-sized"

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    It's so beautiful. I told my mom about this today and she freaked out. xD I knew she would because she hates spiders. That's kind of why I told her. :3 I love spiders, though. Especially tarantulas.

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