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  1. Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Get Back In The Water, Spiders Are Now Eating Fish

    Nature. Staaaaaaahp.

    Go to bed with the lights on and never come out: research published yesterday reveals that a staggering variety of spiders across the globe are semi-aquatic and catch fish on the reg. Obviously a spidernado is now inevitable.

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  2. Newly Discovered Desert Spider Literally Cartwheels Away From Danger

    Can he swing from a web? WHO CARES? He's doing backflips!

    You know how in some action movie sequences, the protagonist somersaults away from their assailant's attacks to show off how strong and agile they are, even though they could have just run away and it might have been faster? Apparently that's not just a stunt gimmick: it happens in nature, too.

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  3. “Spiderless” Arachnophobia Therapy Has Way More Rolling Chairs, Fewer Spiders

    Great, now I have to find someone to pick this chair up and take it outside.

    If you're a chronic arachnophobic who's avoided seeking treatment because you dread the brutality of exposure therapy, it may be possible to cure your fear without meeting millions of creepy crawlies -- but you'll never see tripods the same way again.

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  4. Prepare Your Webshooters, Spider Silk Finally Ready for Commercial Production

    I wonder if the genetically modified bacteria shoot the webs out of their wrists...

    Like just about everyone, you've dreamed of swinging around like Spider-Man on your own webs while trying desperately not to think about how creepy that is. Well, now you... still probably shouldn't, because you don't have any super powers to help you out with it, but spider web may soon be a commercial material, so you're welcome to try.

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  5. Man Gets Hideous Spider Tattoo On His Face To Overcome His Arachnophobia

    Because that's how psychology works, I guess?

    Like many of us--myself included--Eric Rico Ortiz is scared of spiders. Luckily, the 24 year old from Florida (shocker) devised an innovative way to force himself to overcome the common phobia: by getting a massive black widow tattooed on his right cheek.

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  6. Male Black Widows Must Dance For Their Mates To Remind Them They’re Not Food

    It's hard when you have eight left feet.

    If you thought your relationship was grim, a recent study published in Frontiers of Zoology posits that male Black Widows must thrust their ''pelvises" repeatedly to remind their eight-legged mates not to eat them.

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  7. Spider-Man’s Web Slingshot Maneuver Is Used by Real Spiders to Catch Prey, It Seems Way Less Silly Now

    Stan Lee is a scientific pioneer.

    He does everything a spider can! Not to be outdone, spiders can do almost everything a Spider-Man can—including slingshotting themselves by stretching their webs way back. Don't worry; the ones who do this are pretty small and not too scary... for being spiders. To bugs and especially mosquitos, though, they're flying balls of webbed death.

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  8. Monday Cute: Peacock Spiders Really Good at the YMCA

    Awwwwww

    Well, okay they're really good at the 'Y' part. They're working on the rest. Give them some time, they're just teeny little guys. Previously in Monday Cute

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  9. These Itsy-Bitsy Spiders Are Not What They Appear…

    Don't Panic

    Don't worry, those aren't real spiders-- they're the embroidery of artist Catherine Rosselle. They look pretty real, though! Rosselle embroiders creepy crawlies so real you'll be breaking out the bug spray. Want to see some more? Head under the cut!

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  10. Make It Count, Dude: Spider Species Dies After Having Sex

    Male dark fishing spiders have just one roll in the hay in them. After mating, the arachnids immediately curl up and die.

    I know the human dating game can seem rough at times, but the fact of the matter is, we have it pretty good. Don't believe me? Consider if you will the sorry state of Dolomedes tenebrosus, the dark fishing spider. A recent study of the spiders, common around the American midwest, found that males of the species get a grand total of one shot at breeding -- immediately after copulation, their work on this Earth done, the creatures promptly curl up and die.

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