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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:09:43 AM EDT
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/19/amazon-spider-discovered-making-decoys-of-itself-to-ward-off-predators/

Interesting.

Not only was it building decoys, but it sounds like it was manipulating one like a puppet on strings. Very cool.

"Then we got closer and realized it wasn’t a spider at all,” he said. "We looked behind the decoy and lo and behold, we saw this little spider guy shaking [his web] back and forth trying to act all tough. We realized then that this is really something special.”


Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:11:29 AM EDT
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:12:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Blackfire:
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.


Me too...I thought this was about a web bot...
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:13:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By raysheen:
Originally Posted By Blackfire:
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.


Me too...I thought this was about a web bot...
Oh, how far we have fallen.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:16:01 AM EDT
Shelob developed a holoduke?

Yet another reason to burn it all to the ground.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:17:31 AM EDT
should name him Zardoz.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:17:33 AM EDT
A insect using tools of it own fabrication. Wow!
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:17:43 AM EDT
Wait.



Spider is making decoys so when we nuke from orbit we will miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:23:17 AM EDT
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:23:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Blackfire:
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.


I was hoping it was PRIME elligible.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:26:26 AM EDT
That's pretty crazy.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:27:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.

I know. I read that in the comments and it really got me thinking. Is it possible that this is just a fluke or are the spiders going all "Planet of the Apes" on us?

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:29:02 AM EDT
Why is this place still there? I'm sure it would make lovely farm land.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:29:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.
Can't be used for payment.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:29:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RedDogSoldier:

Originally Posted By raysheen:
Originally Posted By Blackfire:
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.


Me too...I thought this was about a web bot...
Oh, how far we have fallen.



Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:31:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:34:27 AM EDT
That's pretty impressive. Constructing it and moving it to act as a decoy isn't something I'd have thought a spider would be "smart" enough to do.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:35:14 AM EDT
GLG-20


Official Decoy
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:45:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ZW17:
That is really cool.

Maybe someday we will be able to have a cup of coffee and talk politics with intelligent spiders.





God I hope not.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:46:45 AM EDT
Spiders are alot smarter than some give credit for.
There was another spider that actually plucked on spiders webs to get the spider to run out and then it would attack.
Very smart.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:47:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:51:26 AM EDT
"Then we got closer and realized it wasn’t a spider at all,” he said. "We looked behind the decoy and lo and behold, we saw this little spider guy shaking [his web] back and forth trying to act all tough. We realized then that this is really something special.”



Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:51:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.


Spiders that can count?













I, for one, welcome our new amazonian spider overlords.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:55:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:56:44 AM EDT
I am somewhat frightened by the fact that spiders can be this smart. What's next?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:57:07 AM EDT
really cool
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:59:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ZW17:
That is really cool.

Maybe someday we will be able to have a cup of coffee and talk politics with intelligent spiders.



If they get that intelligent, I don't think that we'll be around to discuss anything anymore.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:00:31 AM EDT
How can spiders me this smart and politicians be so dumb
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:09:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ZW17:
That is really cool.

Maybe someday we will be able to have a cup of coffee and talk politics with intelligent spiders.



Yeah, sure.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:12:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AshesToAshes:
How can spiders me this smart and politicians be so dumb


Politicians don't have any predators to worry about anymore. No danger of getting booted, means no reason to change.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:16:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By sdailey5:
I am somewhat frightened by the fact that spiders can be this smart. What's next?




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Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:18:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By sixnine:
Originally Posted By sdailey5:
I am somewhat frightened by the fact that spiders can be this smart. What's next?




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+1. When they start cross breeding with flying scorpions I'm outa here.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:19:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By joker1:
Originally Posted By sixnine:
Originally Posted By sdailey5:
I am somewhat frightened by the fact that spiders can be this smart. What's next?




Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile



+1. When they start cross breeding with flying scorpions I'm outa here.
I think you just wrote the plot for the next SciFi original movie.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:00:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By Blackfire:
When I read Amazon I was thinking amazon.com.


I was hoping it was PRIME elligible.


I'm going to be epicly pissed if one of you fuckers ships one of these to my house.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:45:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:47:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 11:49:57 AM EDT by Lohe]

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:49:11 AM EDT
Deckard: She's a replicant, isn't she?
Tyrell: I'm impressed. How many questions does it usually take to spot them?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:51:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RedDogSoldier:

Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.

I know. I read that in the comments and it really got me thinking. Is it possible that this is just a fluke or are the spiders going all "Planet of the Apes" on us?



NOVA said spiders will be the next master race of earth once humans go extinct.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:57:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 12:20:18 PM EDT
My spidey sense is tingling.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 12:28:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.


This....this is very scary.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 12:34:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sdailey5:
I am somewhat frightened by the fact that spiders can be this smart. What's next?


It's worse than that- this is proof that spiders have been watching Total Recall
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 12:39:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ARch556:
Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.


This....this is very scary.


pretty wild...I remember reading a Nat Geo article about elephants' self-realization ability by testing them in front of mirrors with an X marked on their face...some would touch the mark on the mirror, the smart ones would touch the mark on their forehead. Not a lot of creatures can do that.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:03:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
GLG-20


Official Decoy




Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:10:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:15:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AshesToAshes:
How can spiders me this smart and politicians be so dumb


Because humans have created an environment where the weak and dumb can thrive. Spiders on the other hand live and die by Darwinism.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:22:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RedDogSoldier:

Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
What's scary is that it has the correct number of legs on the decoy.

I know. I read that in the comments and it really got me thinking. Is it possible that this is just a fluke or are the spiders going all "Planet of the Apes" on us?



That's what struck me too. They talk about it not being a form of self-realization, but it's interesting that the legs are correct. Makes me wonder.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:26:24 PM EDT
They are evolving.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:47:26 PM EDT
8 legged FREAKS
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:01:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AU_DOT:
Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
GLG-20


Official Decoy


http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff422/bahowington/what-you-did-there-i-see-itthumbnail_zps5e33714a.jpg



In my top 10 favorite movies.
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