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   monster  Wednesday Sep 3 07:06 PM

September 3, 2008: Scary Scouse Spider



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It was not a good day to be an arachnophobe in Liverpool. As part of the city's Capital of Culture celebrations, this scary 50ft mechanical spider was suspended from a building near Lime Street station.

Even worse, La Princess, as the creature is known, is to move around the city at speeds of up to 2mph before it escapes down the Mersey Tunnel on Sunday.

The steel and wood spider has sophisticated hydraulics which allow the dozen engineers strapped to its frame to operate its eyes, legs and abdomen
There's a better AP picture here from the Daily Mail


HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Sep 3 08:56 PM

I'd like to know more about the dozen engineers strapped to the spider. I can't see them in the picture.



monster  Wednesday Sep 3 08:58 PM

I think they're not there yet.



classicman  Wednesday Sep 3 09:10 PM

Is that where tw was hiding?



ZenGum  Wednesday Sep 3 09:14 PM

I would love to be one of the engineers riding/driving that beast!

Bwahahahaahaaa! Kneel before me, puny human! Hey, wait, don't run so fast! Come back!



Elspode  Wednesday Sep 3 09:38 PM

This must be the same dudes with the giant fairytale puppets.

Looks really steampunk to me.



monster  Wednesday Sep 3 09:41 PM

Maybe this is the beast responsible for the world wide web?



footfootfoot  Wednesday Sep 3 09:53 PM

...pranged his car...

I love that word, prang.



DanaC  Wednesday Sep 3 10:15 PM

Quote:
Maybe this is the beast responsible for the world wide web?

Genius.


newtimer  Thursday Sep 4 04:23 AM

Why is the spider's booty sticking up like that? Is there a giant bull in the area?



Sundae  Thursday Sep 4 04:59 AM

Aha! I've been getting promo emails for weeks about the arrival of La Machine. Good to know what it actually is. Can't wait to see pictures of it in action.

Of course the hate Mail has to add in the comment from the Taxpayer's Alliance. How we ever get to host the European City of Culture is beyond me.



Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 09:29 AM

That effer better stay the hell away from my tuffet!

Um, what's a tuffet?



dar512  Thursday Sep 4 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
That effer better stay the hell away from my tuffet!

Um, what's a tuffet?
A short seat with covered legs - like an ottoman or hassock.


Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 10:30 AM

Ahhhh...think we called those "footstools."



Sundae  Thursday Sep 4 10:33 AM

I thought it was a tuft of grass..?
Which is why the pictures in nursery rhymes books always have her outside



Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 10:35 AM

Maybe it has something to do with the Kurds, and their ways.



dar512  Thursday Sep 4 10:38 AM

Curds and whey = cottage cheese.

I have a great capacity for useless trivia. It's everything else I have trouble remembering.



Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 10:40 AM

That reminds me, I remember seeing a sign at a Long John Silvers or something for Cheese Curds. Now that just doesn't sound good.



dar512  Thursday Sep 4 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
I thought it was a tuft of grass..?
Which is why the pictures in nursery rhymes books always have her outside
Ah. You may be right. Just looked it up.

Note that: "The names tuffet and hassock are both derived from English names for a small grassy hillock or clump of grass, in use since at least the sixteenth century."


Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 10:53 AM

I really didn't know that! Learned something new today.



wolf  Thursday Sep 4 10:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
I thought it was a tuft of grass..?
Which is why the pictures in nursery rhymes books always have her outside
I think that's a tussock.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
That reminds me, I remember seeing a sign at a Long John Silvers or something for Cheese Curds. Now that just doesn't sound good.
Actually, it is. It's a kind of pre-cheese. Soft and yummy. And if they're properly fresh, they squeak when you eat them. I can't vouch for fast food ones, though. They'll probably screw them up somehow.


wolf  Thursday Sep 4 11:01 AM

A young female child with the surname "Muffett"
Was sitting on a small stool, eating cottage cheese.
She suffered from extreme arachnophobia,
and fled when she observed a nearby spider.

Takes some of the fun out of it, really.



Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 11:02 AM



Perfect!



glatt  Thursday Sep 4 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
Curds and whey = cottage cheese.
Similar, but not equal, to cottage cheese. I had curds and whey once at some dairy store in Wisconsin, they were more like fresh mozzarella in water (but smaller.) As wolf mentions, they are squeaky when you eat them.


Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 11:42 AM

pssst...I was kidding about the Kurds, and their ways.



dar512  Thursday Sep 4 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
pssst...I was kidding about the Kurds, and their ways.
We knew that. This is thread drift.


dar512  Thursday Sep 4 12:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Similar, but not equal, to cottage cheese. I had curds and whey once at some dairy store in Wisconsin, they were more like fresh mozzarella in water (but smaller.) As wolf mentions, they are squeaky when you eat them.
Depends on how precise you want to be, I guess.


sweetwater  Thursday Sep 4 12:54 PM

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they are squeaky when you eat them.

That would end it for me. I dread the first popcorn that squeaks because that is the end of it for me. I don't know how cats eat squeaky things, I swear I don't!


Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 01:01 PM

I'm not sure about squeaky food, either. Then again, Wheat Nuts squeak, and I luvvvvvv Wheat Nuts.



Elspode  Thursday Sep 4 02:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Ahhhh...think we called those "footstools."
"Little Miss Muffet, sat on her footstool..."

Nah.


Elspode  Thursday Sep 4 02:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
I'm not sure about squeaky food, either. Then again, Wheat Nuts squeak, and I luvvvvvv Wheat Nuts.
Those things are like heroin to me.


BigV  Thursday Sep 4 03:32 PM

Squeaky Cheese.

Yum!

eta:
From here.

Quote:
Weird food: why is squeaky cheese squeaky?

If you're not from Wisconsin or thereabouts, you may never have heard of the tasty treat squeaky cheese. But you should give it a try.

If you live in the upper Midwest of the United States or the corresponding region in Canada (or anywhere near a cheesemaker) you probably know all about squeaky cheese. But it’s an oddity to much of the nation, where cheese only comes from supermarkets.

The process of making cheese combines a bit of art and science, but to break it down quickly: cheese generally starts with some kind of milk (cow, goat, soy, etc.) to which a coagulant such as rennet or a natural souring culture is added. This forms first soft curds, then harder curds when the whey (liquid) is removed. Then salt and other seasonings are added, the cheese is molded, pressed, banded and aged however long is required for that kind of cheese. Of course there’s much more to it than that, but all we need to know is that the process of cheesemaking results in these little nubby curds after the whey is released and before the cheese is pressed into a block or wheel shape like you see in the grocery store.

Squeaky cheese is simply a bit of the curd taken out before the rest of the batch is aged. It is very fresh (cheesemakers say it is best still warm out of the vat, but can be eaten a couple of days out of the vat) and most often seen made from cheddar cheese. It has a kind of strange texture, a little like silly putty, but it tastes like cheese. The cheese squeaks because it has not been aged at all, thus the texture is squeaky rather than the normal firm aged cheddar that does not squeak. Cheddar cheese is usually aged from two months to four years before being sold.



Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 4 03:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
"Little Miss Muffet, sat on her footstool..."

Nah.
Too bad her name wasn't Mootsfool.


ZenGum  Thursday Sep 4 08:19 PM

I've heard Miss Muffett was a real person - her father was head of the Birtish Museum or somesuch, hence her hanging about near spiders.

Truth value unknown.



Cloud  Thursday Sep 4 08:29 PM

I know what a tuffet is . . . but not a "scouse"



footfootfoot  Thursday Sep 4 09:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Ahhhh...think we called those "footstools."
Potty mouth.


DanaC  Thursday Sep 4 09:57 PM

"Scouse" is a description applied to people who live in Liverpool (scousers) and to their particular accent and dialect. It comes, originally from a kind of sea food broth which was, I believe brought by the vikings...


...obviously not the actual broth brought by the vikings, that'd be past it's use by date....



wolf  Thursday Sep 4 11:05 PM

Well, that helps explain the Monkees song.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Sep 5 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Of course the hate Mail has to add in the comment from the Taxpayer's Alliance.
Well, over $3million USD is a sizable hunk of taxes to spend on one weekend show, no matter how good it is. Think of the orgy they could have sponsored with $3million worth of free beer.


Shawnee123  Friday Sep 5 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Potty mouth.
lol! footfootfootstools!


Beest  Friday Sep 5 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by BigV View Post
here comes the science....

Quote:
The cheese squeaks because it has not been aged at all, thus the texture is squeaky rather than the normal firm aged cheddar that does not squeak.
the cheese squeaks becasue it's squeaky and not not squeaky cheese.

>Insert Fast show squeezy cheesy peas skit here<


sweetwater  Friday Sep 5 02:07 PM

::shivering with horror at all the squeaky cheese / food posts::



TheMercenary  Friday Sep 5 06:19 PM

This thread goes to prove you guys are one crazy lot. I spewed coffee on my key board.



DanaC  Friday Sep 5 08:02 PM

You call them crazy, but you're the one who brought coffee into a Cellar thread...that's just askin for trouble



deadbeater  Monday Sep 8 12:29 AM

We have found our 2012 Olympics mascot.



Sundae  Monday Sep 8 03:27 AM

Some additional pictures from here, La Machines's website.
All photographs are copyrighted to Matthew Andrews.
The first shows the engineers. Or in French, le manipulateurs!
The second shows the slightly cheaty way the spider moves. Hang on, real spiders don't have wheels!



Sundae  Monday Sep 8 03:29 AM

Despite rotten weather La Princesse drew huge crowds.
The snow is one of the special effects, but the rain is just September in Britain.



Sundae  Monday Sep 8 03:40 AM

Personally, I think it is worth occasionally spending large amounts of money for large spectacle.

This was part of the City of Culture events, which have been very successful across Europe - it made a huge difference last time it was in the UK (Glasgow) and seems to be working its magic this time too.

Liverpool is a city with a lot to offer, and pictures of this event will be seen around the world. Not only is it an advert fir the city, but the inhabitents got to see a huge piece of street theatre and enjoy the show. It's something you will remember for a long time - a 50 foot spider in your city.

It's not "free" of course. Nothing is free. The National Opera is subsidised, English Heritage is government funded, the British Museum, the Queen herself, the war in Iraq. We all pay somewhere along the line. You just focus on the spending you agree with and accept the rest as part of living in society.

I like the spider and I applaud Liverpool for having the vision to spend the money. I accept YMMV.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 8 11:03 AM

At least the taxpayers can go and see the show for free, unlike here, where the taxpayers are soaked millions building sports stadiums for professional teams, then have to pay again to see the show.



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