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Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/11/2014 10:41:42 AM
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Good point, a.saji--some spiders, usually the tinier ones, are lethally poisonous.



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Ann R. Thryft   2/11/2014 10:36:07 AM
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etmax, I understand your wife's phobia. I don't have that one, but I used to be terrified of heights. You won't find me sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon or driving a couple of inches from the edge of a narrow mountain road next to a cliff. For some reason, though, the fear is now a lot less intense than it used to be. Phobias can be really tough to deal with.

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a.saji   2/11/2014 12:08:02 AM
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@Ann: Yes they are scary indeed. Some do have very dangerous side effects where as some do look scary for their size itself.  

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etmax   2/10/2014 11:47:39 PM
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Thanks, I do appreciate the difficulty people have with phobias, they are at a deeply subconscious level and I understand that you might be paralysed by those fears, I feel for those that can't control it. My GLW (that's good lady wife :-)  and I went on a cruise to Vanuatu and decided to do a bit of scuba diving (neither of us had tried it before) and she had to give it up because she couldn't overcome the fear of drowning when she went down. I felt bad for her because she so wanted to do it. Never mind, we are all lucky enough to be able choose a living location that avoids our fears.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/10/2014 10:24:04 PM
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etmax, no need to apologize for your sense of humore. But you and I live on very different planets when it comes to spiders. Like others with arachnophobia, I have the same response to spiders, especially big ones, that I would to a venomous snake, and it's entirely outside my control.

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etmax   2/7/2014 7:25:30 PM
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Of course, I do understand that and would not have thought differntlty of you. I merely meant that I give them a lot of leeway because of that, and control my natural fear. I'm sure my heartrate increases when I pick up a 4" spider and put it outside after it's been hanging above my head for a few days, but it's a measured response and I am getting more used to it. I still remember the first time when my brother told me as a kid that I should treat them gently and put them out and I let one walk on my hand and it ran up my arm towards my neck but then stopped. Real scary moment, but I held my cool. I must apologise for my larrikin nature, I enjoy freaking people out with creepy crawly stories, but they are all true.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2014 11:26:34 AM
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William, I'd forgotten about the Hounds in F451--probably on purpose. I do remember them now and think they were much scarier back then when we didn't have the imagery we do now to inspire our reading, before the high-quality SFX we get now in sci-fi movies. I'm very grateful they're not actualized!



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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2014 11:25:14 AM
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etmax, I am just fine with spiders outdoors: I'm well aware of their importance in the ecosystem. Same goes for all other bugs. I just don't want them inside my house.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/7/2014 11:24:19 AM
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Daniyal_Ali, thanks for the updated info. I think I read about the interfaced cockroaches in 2012, but hadn't seen anything since. Creepy, yes (both the bugs and the idea of interfacing to them) but also fascinating.

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William K.   2/6/2014 8:56:01 PM
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Ann, Consider the "hound" robots in the book, and the movie, I guess, "Fahrenheight 451".Every bit of that technology is available today, but fortunately for all of us it is not put into that kind of package. We should b very greatful for that.

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