Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Overheard in the Hallway:

Wafting from the bathroom, where roomie is getting ready for work:
RX: "That's what those two-tone emergency sirens are actually saying: 'Spi-der! Spi-der!' That's why whenever one goes by, all the little spiders stop what they're doing and look up. And then when it's gone past, they start to bark."

Me: "They what?!?"
Barking spiders? It must be the hairspray fumes or something.

14 comments:

Julie said...

i'll be checking what's in her coffee ...

Anonymous said...

RX uses hairspray?!

It seems too...girly girl for her.

Anonymous said...

Yup spiders bark ! Why else would they name it Darwin's bark spider !!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/photogalleries/100917-darwins-bark-spider-new-species-spider-webs-madagascar-science-pictures-strongest/

BobG said...

Wrong country for barking spiders.

og said...

Spiders bark here all the time. Usually caused by milk, not sirens. Trust me: Bark, worse than bite.

JohnW said...

Holy crap, you mean that there really ARE barking spiders??? (And not Venezuelan, either.)

Douglas Hester said...

That's certainly better than certain other things that could be wafting from the bathroom ;)

Jim said...

Oh, they're real all right. The ones on my last ship used to hold contests to see who could have the loudest and longest bark. It was horrible to behold...

Tennessee Budd said...

Jim. I suspect your ship had the same kind of "barking spiders" that my ships (CV-67, CV-59) had. And their breath is just terrible...

Boris da Bastid said...

Barking spiders also inhabit Army barracks, and are most likey heard after a Friday night party.

Chris said...

"Wafting from the bathroom" unfortunate phrasing there :).

chiefjaybob said...

I believe you are talking about arachna flatula. Many of this genus are know to have a noxious odor as a defense mechanism.

Roberta X said...

I use hairspray. Fat lotta good it does me.

--As for barking spiders, I swear I had no conscious intent to reference the humorous euphemism -- but the image may have been influenced by it due to the room I was in. Mostly it was Tam's fault for leaving a big collection of Charles Addams cartoons in the loo.

FatWhiteMan said...

We had Barking Spiders at Boy Scout Camp in Florida some 30+ years ago.