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One of my students at one of these in Iraq for .

I like the way the guy in the backgroud says he used to be a nice guy until he joined the Army. Now he "just wants to kill". :shock:
 

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MarkWilliamson said:
Personally, I find the whole video reprehensible.

I've no problem those killing what deserves it, but to pit two animals (regardless of specie) against one another for your sport...
So do I. I hate that our government is pitting our children against theirs as well.

It did not bother me that the spider was fed. It bothers me that they found such enjoyment in the plight of the lizard.
 

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If I were God, spiders would cease to exist. I'm sure they do all sorts of good and eat all sorts of "bad" bugs, but I am just scared to freakin' death of the things. Every girlfriend of mine has seen me scream like a woman and ask her, in a panic, to kill a "huge" spider (usually not as huge as I describe it, but ain't it always that way with us guys?)...I hate the creepy little bastards.
 

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However...."our children" are all adults and all volunteered. Big difference than being thrown into a jar with a big spider.
Well, just because my children want to do something doesn't mean I encourage it if it is negative. These soldiers are barely out of childhood. I wish they were learning something more constructive than destructive.
 

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These claims are all false. Camel spiders (so named because, like camels, they can be found in sandy desert regions, although they aren't technically spiders) grow to be moderately large (about a 5"-6" leg span), but nowhere near as large as dinner plates; they can move very quickly in comparison to other arthropods (a top speed of maybe 10 MPH), but nothing close 25 MPH; they make no noise; and they capture prey without the use of either venom or anesthetic. Camel spiders rely on speed, stealth, and the (non-venomous) bite of powerful jaws to feed on small prey such as other arthropods (e.g., scorpions, crickets, pillbugs), lizards, and possibly mice or birds. They use only three pairs of legs in running; the frontmost pair (called pedipalpa) is held aloft and used in a similar manner to the antennae of insects. Camel spiders shun the sun and generally hide during the day, coming out at night to do their hunting.
 

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i hate spiders with a passion. im scared to death of the things.. last week one was making its way behind this computer desk i tried to get it before but i was too late

im so much of a panzy i got off the comp all night

didnt want it crawlin up my leg or soemthing
 

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Charlie said:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/camelspider.asp

thats definately not something i'd want to run into in the desert :shock:
As I've been to Iraq 3 separate times, that's the least of your worries. Although, they scare the hell out of you when you're living in a tent with no barrier against the night time creatures. They are attracted to LED flashlights when you're playing with the flashlight at night. One other creature of the desert that I fear moreso then the Camel Spider is the Tarantula Wasp...that's a mean SOB that I've had many of unpleasant experiences with. You don't want to get biten by one of those things, trust me. I'd rather get biten by the spider then the wasp.
 
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