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    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @DC That is something I could have lived without knowing. *shudder*
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    Ahem, looks like there's a bit of confusion over Daddy Long Legs here.
    The name may refer to;

    Crane Flies, which are entirely harmless and non venomous, though spiders find them unpalatable and will not eat them,

    Spiders of the family Pholcidae, which are venomous and capable of giving a mildly painful bite and

    Harvestmen, which look a bit like long legged spiders but are non venomous and entirely harmless unless you put one down the back of your
    mate's big sister's dress and she punches you one (she was a big lass)

    There's a Wikipedia article on it all here (Daddy Long Legs disambiguation, not getting punched by your mate's big sister)
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    The "Uncle Ben" of "Uncle Ben's Rice" never existed, and the cheerful black gentleman on the logo was fabricated to appeal to a buyer's-brain association between the rice crop and knowledgeable African Slaves who first grew it in America. Despite beign completely made up, he was recently promoted to be Chairman of the Board.

    Yes, and somewhat amusingly, in the big GM rice fuckup when Bayer let modified crops go native, I believe there was some consternation on their part as it would become obvious that a lot of their rice wasn't even from the US...

    Captain Birdseye, on the other hand... Although I suppose he wasn't really a captain of anything.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @DC: I detect a faint scent of BS on that one (not accusing you of bullshitting, just that I think you might have been fed BS), based on this: Who is watching us eat these spiders, and why aren't they telling us?
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @Alan Tyson: It's the gubbamint, man! They're on to us!
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @Morac-I remembered the fact after reading those spider stories by Greasemonkey and Alan Tyson
    @Alan-I just wrote what I remember. Now I'm looking for some answers and it seems it's a recurring myth. Nevertheless, your story kind of adds up to the one about eating spiders without knowing:D
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    Birds can see ultraviolet light.

    Colorblind people are better at spotting camouflaged objects than norms.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @DC: Point.
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    So if you're very pale and you run naked toward a colorblind person on a sunny beach do they just see like sand kicking up?
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    Only if you're martian, and on Mars.
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    Oooh - I'd forgotten this one - those fuck off giant swords Saddam had put in the middle of Baghdad (victory arch) - were cast from bronze in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

    For some reason that amuses me.