Visit the Cellar!

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: bright folks talking about everything. The Cellar is the original coffeeshop with no coffee and no shop. Founded in 1990, The Cellar is one of the oldest communities on the net. Join us at the table if you like!

 
What's IotD?

The interesting, amazing, or mind-boggling images of our days.

IotD Stuff

ARCHIVES - over 13 years of IotD!
About IotD
RSS2
XML

Permalink Latest Image

May 24th, 2017: International Cryptozoology Museum

Recent Images

May 23rd, 2017: Sutro Baths
May 22nd, 2017: Ivy Oak
May 21st, 2017: Micro-Art
May 20th, 2017: Mr Rogers' Cardigans
May 19th, 2017: Ol Doinyo Lengai
May, 18th, 2017: Art Installation Milan
May 17th, 2017: Coffin Club New Zealand

The CELLAR Tip Mug
Some folks who have noticed IotD

Neatorama
Worth1000
Mental Floss
Boing Boing
Switched
W3streams
GruntDoc's Blog
No Quarters
Making Light
darrenbarefoot.com
GromBlog
b3ta
Church of the Whale Penis
UniqueDaily.com
Sailor Coruscant
Projectionist

Link to us and we will try to find you after many months!

Common image haunts

Astro Pic of the Day
Earth Sci Pic of the Day
We Make Money Not Art
Spluch
ochevidec.net
Strange New Products
Geisha Asobi Blog
Cute animals blog (in Russian)
20minutos.es
Yahoo Most Emailed

Please avoid copyrighted images (or get permission) when posting!

Advertising

Philadelphia Pawn Shop
The best real estate agent in Montgomery County
The best T.38 Fax provider
Epps Beverages and Beer, Limerick, PA
Sal's Pizza, Elkins Park
Burholme Auto Body, Philadelphia
Coles Tobacco, Pottstown
ERM Auto Service, Glenside
Glenside Collision
Moorehead Catering, Trappe
Salon 153, Bala
Dominicks Auto Body, Phoenixville

   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 14 12:31 AM

Oct 14, 2009: Rare Silk

Look at this beautiful, 11ft by 4ft, rare silk textile, on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.



It's not old, it's brand new, although it took a bunch of people 4 years to create.
It's rare because the silk came from these guys...



Each Golden Orb spider, in Madagascar, donated about 80ft of filament per 'milking' (my term), and it takes them a couple weeks to recover.

Quote:
Peers came up with the idea of weaving spider silk after learning about the French missionary Jacob Paul Camboué, who worked with spiders in Madagascar during the 1880s and 1890s. Camboué built a small, hand-driven machine to extract silk from up to 24 spiders at once, without harming them.

“Simon managed to build a replica of this 24-spider-silking machine that was used at the turn of the century,” said Nicholas Godley, who co-led the project with Peers. As an experiment, the pair collected an initial batch of about 20 spiders. “When we stuck them in the machine and started turning it, lo and behold, this beautiful gold-colored silk started coming out,” Godley said.
The textile weighs 2.6 pounds, and it takes about 14,000 spiders to produce 1oz of thread, which means... Oww, my head hurts.
But of course, some spiders were caught and 'milked' more than once, over the years.

Quote:
Unlike silk worms, which are easy to raise in captivity, spiders have a habit of chomping off each other’s heads when housed together.
To get as much silk as they needed, Godley and Peers began hiring dozens of spider handlers to collect wild arachnids and carefully harness them to the silk-extraction machine. “We had to find people who were willing to work with spiders,” Godley said, “because they bite.”
Oh, and they only produce silk during the rainy season, October to June.
Hey , the season is just starting, anybody want a job?

link


ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 14 03:43 AM

As well as beautiful, it is three times stronger than kevlar, and can stretch by 40%. Imagine the outfit you could make from that stuff; the ultimate spiderman suit.

Different link (AMNH)



capnhowdy  Wednesday Oct 14 08:05 AM

Careful! That's bug abuse.



spudcon  Wednesday Oct 14 08:29 AM

Spider abuse! Oh, the humanity! Call PETA! Call Hollywood!



birdclaw  Wednesday Oct 14 10:04 AM

Really that's the best use we could come up with for spider silk? Well I guess we could start outfitting our soldiers and policemen in lovely blankets.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 14 11:11 AM

Picture NSFA

(not safe for arachnophobes)



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 14 11:46 AM

I wonder if those Golden Orb spiders, produce gold thread in other parts of the world?



Slothboy  Wednesday Oct 14 12:10 PM

HELL.
NO.

Don't want to look at that, touch the finished product, go near the spiders, or hav anything further to do with this whole affair. Good day!

I SAID GOOD DAY!



Cloud  Wednesday Oct 14 03:45 PM

(shudder)

BTW, silk worms are pretty ugly, too. But at least they don't bite. ack! or, make that, eek!



newtimer  Wednesday Oct 14 05:17 PM

"...French missionary Jacob Paul Camboué, who worked with spiders in Madagascar during the 1880s and 1890s."

Ah, the good old days, when missionaries worked for a living and invented neat stuff. That would be a good position to be in.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Oct 14 05:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slothboy View Post
HELL.
NO.

Don't want to look at that, touch the finished product, go near the spiders, or hav anything further to do with this whole affair. Good day!

I SAID GOOD DAY!
I snorted out loud!


spudcon  Wednesday Oct 14 05:55 PM

I agree with Slothboy. Squash all those yucky little cannibals.



ZenGum  Wednesday Oct 14 07:35 PM

I sneer disdainfully at you spider haters.

Okay, you have some irrational fear of them, fine, but that is your problem and is best dealt with by you avoiding spiders.

Spiders are perfectly okay in their own right, perform many useful functions for the rest of the world (keeping flies down, eg) and, IMHO can be very beautiful and fascinating.


[/rant]



jinx  Wednesday Oct 14 08:29 PM

Quote:
Spiders are perfectly okay in their own right, perform many useful functions for the rest of the world (keeping flies down, eg) and, IMHO can be very beautiful and fascinating.
Yeah, but not in my house - because I squish the nasty bastards.


dar512  Wednesday Oct 14 09:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post
Yeah, but not in my house - because I squish the nasty bastards.
I have a treaty (that they don't always honor). If they stay out of the house and away from me, I don't squish 'em. If they wander into my territory, I unleash the deadly stomp on 'em.

And then I waterboard 'em for good measure.


newtimer  Wednesday Oct 14 10:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
If they wander into my territory, I unleash the deadly stomp on 'em.
Ah. So that explains the buzzing hordes of disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies that hang out at dar512's place. The poor kid never quite grasped this whole "food chain" concept.


dar512  Wednesday Oct 14 10:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
Ah. So that explains the buzzing hordes of disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies that hang out at dar512's place. The poor kid never quite grasped this whole "food chain" concept.
They get the same deal as the spiders. If they can't stay outside, their life is forfeit. I am deadly with a magazine.

So you've got spiders eating flies for you, huh? How's that working out for you? Don't the webs get in the way?


TheMercenary  Wednesday Oct 14 10:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Spider abuse! Oh, the humanity! Call PETA! Call Hollywood!
Beat me to it.


spudcon  Wednesday Oct 14 11:39 PM

You wanna get rid of flying insects? Keep snakes and toads around the house. They don't leave filthy webs around, and can eat more bugs in one night than a whole army of spiders. (Especially if I'm squishing the spiders.)



floatingk  Wednesday Oct 14 11:56 PM

does that guy have a huge right finger or what? that was pretty much the first thing I saw when the page loaded. And these guys make awesome golden webs in costa rica....catching hummingbirds and huge grasshoppers!



Tulip  Thursday Oct 15 03:23 AM

Wow, that's really pretty. And that yellow color is natural?



ZenGum  Thursday Oct 15 06:15 AM

That's what she said.



Pie  Thursday Oct 15 10:41 AM

I would have volunteered for that work. I love spiders. I had one I named Boris (obviously!) spinning the most fantastic webs on my office window last month. Huge, lovely symmetric webs, about 20" across.



TheDaVinciChode  Thursday Oct 15 06:10 PM

I usually try and save spiders, if they're in my house...

HOWEVER, if they reject my hand of friendship, and back away from me?

Well... Let's just say that I deal with rejection... badly.

SPLAT! POW! BAM! WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME?! BAM! POW! SPLAT!



treehugger  Thursday Oct 15 07:03 PM

very clever i think im going to cry



queenb  Friday Oct 16 10:40 PM

I leave the basement spiders alone. There's one or two down there big enough to take me.
But the ones upstairs in the bathtub? Sorry, down the drain you go! I just take my glasses off and pretend I didn't see them.



Sundae  Saturday Oct 17 06:08 AM

I would love to touch that cloth (NO jokes pur-lease!)
I bet it feels gorgeous.

I'm not fussed by spiders.
I think because my Mum and sister were, and I was always trying to emulate my Dad rather than them. In fact now Dad's in his 70th year I'm pretty much fulfilling manly duties such as opening jars (I have a strong grip boys) and evacuating insects.

Yes, I evacuate them. Whereas Dad, too old for the chase, squashes, smacks or (HORROR!) sprays them to death. Poor spiders. I don't care much about the woodlice though.



Spexxvet  Saturday Oct 17 09:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by queenb View Post
I leave the basement spiders alone. There's one or two down there big enough to take me.
But the ones upstairs in the bathtub? Sorry, down the drain you go! I just take my glasses off and pretend I didn't see them.
Warning: they can crawl back up out of drains.


capnhowdy  Sunday Oct 18 09:18 AM

They're pretty good at water spouts too. Even if they're itsy bitsy.



Cicero  Monday Oct 19 12:55 AM

There's this spider that likes to hang out next to my keyboard, and mouse. We had to have a little talk. I think he was listening because there's no sign of him/it anymore....



Gravdigr  Saturday Oct 24 06:03 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slothboy View Post
HELL.
NO.

Don't want to look at that, touch the finished product, go near the spiders, or hav anything further to do with this whole affair. Good day!

I SAID GOOD DAY!
Ditto.

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy View Post
They're pretty good at water spouts too. Even if they're itsy bitsy.



observer  Saturday Oct 24 08:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
"...French missionary Jacob Paul Camboué, who worked with spiders in Madagascar during the 1880s and 1890s."

Ah, the good old days, when missionaries worked for a living and invented neat stuff. That would be a good position to be in.
Yeah, the missionary position is not bad, I suppose...


treehugger  Wednesday Nov 25 05:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
There's this spider that likes to hang out next to my keyboard, and mouse. We had to have a little talk. I think he was listening because there's no sign of him/it anymore....



DanaC  Wednesday Nov 25 06:36 PM

As long as they are not visible in my bedroom, I leave them to do their own thing. Anywhere else in the house (unless Mum's visiting), I don't mind them being there.



toranokaze  Friday Dec 11 06:05 PM

We have a subspecies of golden orb spiders down here, or at least I think they are, that weave a three foot web across the front of my place.

It is truly amazing what one can do with spider silk, and we are working on synthetic spider silk.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Dec 12 01:58 AM

They've been working on synthetic spider silk, for a very long time, and last I read, not making much progress. It's devilishly complicated, and spiders produce something like 6 or 8 different types of silk, for different applications.

Oh, and the spider turning the liquid into thread is a mechanical, not chemical, process.



Your reply here?

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: a bunch of interesting folks talking about everything. Add your two cents to IotD by joining the Cellar.