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Spider on Caffeine

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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In 1995, NASA scientists studied the effects of various common drugs on the weaving abilities of spiders.They thought it might be possible to analyze the periodic structure (or lack thereof) of the drug-spun spiderwebs as a means of determining the relative toxicity levels of the drugs.

ccording to the researchers, the spider that was high on marijuana did a fair job weaving, but then got bored or distracted and didn't finish. The one on speed went really fast, but without much awareness of the overall picture: It left large gaps. The acid-tripping spider wove a psychedelic, symmetrical web that was very pretty but not great at catching bugs.

That brings us to caffeine. Looking at the picture, clearly the caffeinated spider did horribly, and this might point to the gulf that exists between humans and arachnids. If I were a web-weaving spider, that picture would definitely correspond to pre-coffee weaving, not post. 




http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/6-craziest-animal-experiments-1899/2

(although I wouldn't recommend reading the article, because many are just cruel)


Here is the video! (special thanks to  Trixi.VonLace for the suggestion!)

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by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

 lol, interesting =0)

minimom11107
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

 I believe it, they probably dosed the spider with more than we would consume (proportion wise) and since it had most likely never had caffiene before it was probably a major shock to the spiders system. *goes to read the article*

sweetnsassymami
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:32 PM
cool..that's very interesting!
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minimom11107
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:32 PM

 That. poor. dog. OMG.

LCG83
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Lmao poor caffeine spider I feel his pain.
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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

 

Quoting minimom11107:

 That. poor. dog. OMG.

 Dog?

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Night_Roane
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I did warn you. I wanted to vomit when I read that. I think they have regulations against that now.

Quoting minimom11107:

 That. poor. dog. OMG.


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Night_Roane
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM

She read the full article from my link. (odd animal experiments) I swear I went there because it was linked on something I read about teaching monkeys to play rock paper scissors.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

 

Quoting minimom11107:

 That. poor. dog. OMG.

 Dog?


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Trixi.VonLace
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM
Have You seen the you tube video? Freaking comedy!
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Night_Roane
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

No I haven't. I'll search it and link it if I find it

Quoting Trixi.VonLace:

Have You seen the you tube video? Freaking comedy!


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