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For Nerds: Results of experiments with Spiders and Drugs

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by GamblersGrin, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16

    as i said, this is a for nerds thread. amazing nasa experimentations of spiders high on mescaline, lsd, caffeine, sleeping pills, marijuana, and speed. there are pics of the webs the spider created while on each drug. quite interesting. heres the article...

    Scientists at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have turned their attention from the mysteries of the cosmos to a more esoteric area of research: what happens when you get a spider stoned.
    Their experiments have shown that common house spiders spin their webs in different ways according to the psychotropic drug they have been given. Spiders on marijuana made a reasonable stab at spinning webs but appeared to lose concentration about half-way through. Those on Benzedrine - "speed" - spin their webs "with great gusto, but apparently without much planning leaving large holes", according to New Scientist magazine.

    Caffeine, one of the most common drugs consumed by Britons in soft drinks, tea and coffee, makes spiders incapable of spinning anything better than a few threads strung together at random. On chloral hydrat, an ingredient of sleeping pills, spiders "drop off before they even get started".

    Nasa scientists believe the research demonstrates that web-spinning spiders can be used to test drugs because the more toxic the chemical, the more deformed was the web.

    The scientists believe their previous work on the goemetry of crystals will help them to devise computer programs that can analyse web-building objectively in order to predict the toxicity of new medicines. "It appears that one of the most telling measures of toxicity is a decrease, in comparison with a normal web, of the numbers of completed sides [of a web]; the greater the toxicity, the more sides the spider fails to complete", the scientists say.

    Paul Hillard, spider specialist at the Natural History Museum in London, said researchers first discovered the effects of psychotropic drugs on spiders during experiments at the end of 1960s. The researchers fed caffeine to spiders in hope of making them spin webs in the late evening rather than the early dawn. The result was eccentric webs rather than earlier spinning, he said.

    Article and research by Steve Connor
  2. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    uhm....great....where's the web link?

    oh...never mind

    eeewww....creepy shit
  3. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    "wanna try cure cancer today?"


    "what about aids?"


    "how bout we get some spiders smashed?"

  4. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
    yeah...government dollars at work
  5. Boring Bastard

    Boring Bastard Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 1, 2001 Messages: 3,784 Likes Received: 1
    Some of those webs look like they were made using publisher paintshop or whatever you call it.......I don't know if this is real.......whatever!
  6. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    Amazing...The LSD web looks the best in my opinion..Tiiight...heh
  7. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 3,575 Likes Received: 0
    How many ghetto kids could that money have fed? Oh yeah, who cares.

    KING BLING Guest

  9. adderall

    adderall Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003 Messages: 2,921 Likes Received: 1
    i saw this a long time ago

    still interesting
  10. bigpoppa.k

    bigpoppa.k Elite Member

    Joined: May 2, 2001 Messages: 3,152 Likes Received: 18
    the peyote one looks pretty good.. does that mean we should all be rockin Peyote and Mescaline?

    i'm down.
  11. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    ^ Your styles are just fine. But if you really want to puke for the first day before you do a piece, haha, I’d like to see that.
  12. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    i like the peyote web. and i really hope this is fake.
  13. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 10
    It's not fake, it was done in like 1960's by NASA
    researchers or something in that vein...

    They still do this to this very day in college
    Bio classes.... goddamn, I hope you guys
    don't actually think this was somehow a
    multi-million/billion dollar experiment. Chill
    on the Anarcho 'how many brown people
    could that have fed' tip. Pick your battles.


    Edit: This is all off the top of my head, but it's in Time Science 1975.
  14. eseLokE1uno

    eseLokE1uno Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2002 Messages: 1,280 Likes Received: 0

    looks like a headshot
  15. The big mystery is how the fuck did they get the drugs into the spiders in the first place.