Friday, April 28, 2006

The camel spider stories began to spread during the 1990-91 Gulf War and has now reemerged and become even more widespread with the return of U.S. troops to Iraq. Most of the stories on the internet are completely untrue. These creatures are not dangerous to humans. But, dangerous or not, these creatures are horrifying to encounter. I pity anyone who encounters one for the first time.

With the internet becoming so much more widely used during this Iraq conflict, rumors are spreading like wildfire. E-mail chain letters with claims, "he/she said his or her friend—or friend of a friend—knew a soldier stationed in Iraq who had said that these camel spider could inject a sleeping soldier with anesthetic, then chew out a chunk of flesh."Webmasters with imagination and flare for the absurd take it to the extreme with claims such as, camel spiders are know to eat dogs or cats.
Most people don't know that the camel spider can also be found in the southwest U.S. and Mexico. While the recent buzz is all about the Middle Eastern camel spider, its North American cousin has no shortage of tall tales. In Mexico, they're known as matevenados, which means "deer killers." The buzz seems to ebb and flow, but before it is over the camel spider will have had is full fifteen minutes and maybe just a little place in history.

Some common Camel Spider Myths:
1. Camel spiders can move at speeds over 30 MPH, screaming while they run.2. Camel spiders can be as large as a frisbee. 3. Camel spiders venom is an anesthetic that numbs their prey. 4. Camel spiders can jump three feet high.5. Camel spiders get there name because they eat the stomachs of camels.

Most of these claims are false or greatly exaggerated.
1. Camel spiders top speed - 10 mph.
2. Size: Up to 6 inches
3. They have no venom.
4. They don't jump.
5. Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
They actually aren't spiders at all, they're solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class

I've searched some other websites besides the one where i got the information above, most of them confirmed some of the mythes, like they do scream when they run. and if provoked they will attack a human. camel spiders are also nocturnal so they find shady places during the day. if you move something thats shading a camel spider, the camel spider will go for your shadow. if you run away, it will chase you screaming while it runs. if you trip and fall it will go under your body to hide from the sun.
if you put camel spider eggs in water, they will hatch. camel spiders are also canabalistic, they will attack eachother and eat eachother if they are provoked.

Friday, March 17, 2006

This is pretty cool, because all of what im going to tell you right now is accualy coming from my noggin, i didnt look any of this up. and i hope i have my facts right. Ever wonder who the mysterious indian with her child came from on the back of the one dollar coins? her name is sacagawea. i'm going to tell you the whole story, so you can undertsand more about her. it all starts in 1803 when president thomas jefferson made the louisiana purchase from Napolean bonepart for 15 million. Jefferson though it was unconstitutional to purchase it at the time but ended up doing it anyway. lousiana at the time was populated mostly by indians. Jefferson sent for captain meryweather lewis and william clark and 31 other men to go on an expidition across lousiana fallowing the missouri river. during the winter they stayed with the indian sioux tribe.
there they found a young 16 year old indian who could help them on there expedition. her name was sacagawea, she was also pregnant. sacagawea was not originally from the sioux tribe. when she was about 11 years old she was kidnapped by the sioux. she was from the shoshone tribe. during that winter she gave birth to her baby and was forced to bring her child with her on the expedition.carrying him on a cradleboard on her back. eventually they ran into the shoshone indians, hoping they could tarde for some horses sacagawea found out the leader of the shoshone indians was her brother and they where able to get the things they needed. other than that she also did alot more to help the expedition. so she is remembered, on the back of the one dollar coins we keep hidden in our back pockets.

St. Patrick's day

Well, contrary to popular belief, i do alot of thinking.
it may not show. but i do. and i've been thinking about
St. Patricks day. so who was st. patrick? St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland
st. patrick was born in britain into a rich family. he died march 17, 460 a.d.
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate, they where moved to ireland where they spent six years in captivity. while in captivity he worked as a sheperd. he worked away from people.he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice—which he believed to be God's—spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland. Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission—to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish.

NO, all of that did not come from my noggin, i looked it up! pssh, yea but i did write it in my own words if that helps!

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This is my second blog, what is it about? well its about my brain!
Not my brain literally but what goes on in my head i guess. yet another
method to cure myself of extreme boredom! so i guess whenever i think of something interesting or something that makes me wonder, or something thats
on my mind i'll be sure to post it. it's not like anyone cares what i think, so what the heck, lets just see how many people say what i think is accualy interesting!