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#26 2014-03-04 15:05:04

xavie
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Kenan wrote:

Thanks for the nightmares!!!!

Try sleeping after having that loose in your house!

*chants* I do not live in the American desert. I do not live in the American desert. Giant centipedes can't hurt me. They live thousands of kilometers away.

Also, I'm trying to forget that it's only seven months till september, which is spider high season in our garden. I don't have a problem with small spiders (one even lives in the downstairs bathroom, looking all cute and says hello every time I'm visiting.) But when they grow big and heavy, I prefer not to have them in my house.

However, silverfish make me screech.

 

#27 2014-03-04 16:13:16

Genisis X
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

I'm not a big fan of the giant centipedes here, but spiders don't scare me so much. Except, one time, there was this very large, bright green one with red eyes that kind of freaked me out.

That is Just Not Right(tm).

Funnily enough the big things here are the safe ones. The dangerous ones are small. Funnel web spiders, which will kill you until you are dead with a single bite, are tiny. Although, they are positively massive compared to the irukandji which is among the deadliest things in the ocean. One of the many symptoms of Irukandji syndrome is the feeling of impending doom. No, I'm not making that up. And to think, all these foreigners are afraid of the sharks!



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#28 2014-03-09 21:05:59

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Genisis X wrote:

That is Just Not Right(tm).

Funnily enough the big things here are the safe ones. The dangerous ones are small. Funnel web spiders, which will kill you until you are dead with a single bite, are tiny.

It's the same here: the most venomous scorpions are the tiny ones; the larger ones are mainly harmless.

Although, they are positively massive compared to the irukandji which is among the deadliest things in the ocean. One of the many symptoms of Irukandji syndrome is the feeling of impending doom. No, I'm not making that up. And to think, all these foreigners are afraid of the sharks!

Remind me to go nowhere near the water next time I'm in Australia. I already feel impending doom!


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#29 2014-04-13 18:23:12

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Tad posted the other day on FB that ghants were inspired by Coconut crabs, which can grow up to three feet long and have the colorful carapaces described in MS&T.


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#30 2014-06-08 13:16:30

Ad1tu
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

I wonder if the text actually mentions the number of limbs on a ghant?

First off, gahhh the whole ghant nest adventure also gave me the heebie jeebies. And then Tiamak explaining what happened.. Creepy!

Anyway, Miriamele first things they have 4 limbs, but then she notices a 3rd smaller pair tucked in closer to their bodies. So I think they only have 6.


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#31 2014-06-08 13:58:48

Peter
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Re: What do ghants look like?

It probably fits into this topic, that Tad's inspiration for Ghants where coconut crabs. You will have to google them for yourselves, Tad was kind (or evil) enough to do it for us in Stuttgart.

"Oh, you haven't seen *those* horrible pictures yet? Let me show you!"


May the birds who shelter in your branches never poop on the innocent. -Tad

 

#32 2014-06-08 14:13:58

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: What do ghants look like?

I posted that two messages earlier, Peter. ;)


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#33 2014-06-08 14:15:45

Aan`allein
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Re: What do ghants look like?

Peter wrote:

"Oh, you haven't seen *those* horrible pictures yet? Let me show you!"

xkcd ref :)


Mozilla developer comment of the however long it'll be this time:
<Mossop> run for the hills!
<Boriss> i can't, i'm at a local maximum!


Just Imagine...

 

#34 2017-11-09 21:13:31

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: What do ghants look like?


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