In a very disturbing, fast breaking development, it has come to my attention there has been a remarkable lack of spider related news on the blog recently. Certainly not because spiders have not been going out of the way to cause problems. They are popping up everywhere, scaring the living bejesus out of people, and causing problems from the UK to the Outback. Well, it might not actually be in the "Outback" proper, but it is in Australia, which is where they Outback is.
Recently, according to the Gympie Times, in Gympie Australia, (located where Mary Valley Road merges with Bruce Highway) redback spiders are becoming so numerous, they "are becoming a nuisance." See for your self.
A Queensland Health spokesman said in 2013 there were 83 snake and spider bites reported to local emergency departments, 42 of those were snake bites, and 41 were spider bites. By contrast in 2012 there were 32 snake bites and 34 spider bites.
Obviously, the spiders are unhappy about losing the lead in the crucial "reported bites" score over the course of a year. It is only natural they are seeking a competitive advantage. But, it may be more than that.
Robert Raven claims that redback spiders can eat anything from a "mouse up to a snake." To recap, these spiders eat snakes. I don't know about you, but that to me is a very disturbing bit of knowledge. The only thing worse is if they started carrying guns.
In essence, these spiders are not just going to be content with recording more bites, they have taken the latest setback personally and are out for revenge. Which may spell big trouble for Australian snakes, and everybody else.
Friday, April 4, 2014
It could be worse, but I don't know how.
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.