Spiders on Speed

spider web
Normal spider web

In the 1960s, Dr. Peter Witt gave spiders various kinds of drugs and alcohol to observe the effects on their webs. The results were pretty interesting.
In 1995, NASA scientists seeking to measure toxicity relationships examined the webs of spiders dosed with various chemicals. Their experiments have shown that common house spiders spin their webs in different ways according to the psychotropic drug they have been given. 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.
(Source: Noever, R., J. Cronise, and R. A. Relwani. 1995. Using spider-web patterns to determine toxicity. NASA Tech Briefs 19(4):82. Published in Britain’s New Scientist magazine, 27 April 1995.)

spider speed

* Those on Benzedrine – “speed” – spin their webs “with great gusto, but apparently without much planning leaving large holes”, according to New Scientist magazine.

spider marijuana

* Spiders on marijuana made a reasonable stab at spinning webs but appeared to lose concentration about half-way through.

spider caffeine

* 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.

spider sleeping pills

* On chloral hydrat, an ingredient of sleeping pills, spiders “drop off before they even get started”.

EĆ©n gedachte op “Spiders on Speed

  1. vale

    wow, its intresting and funny together.

    the funniest one ist the thing with speed. looks like helmet with opened protection šŸ˜‰

    sorry 4 my english šŸ˜‰

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