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Title text: SPIDER PSYCHOLOGY (21st Ed.) is a comprehensive overview of arachnoneurology, neuro-arachnology, forensic arachnology, neuro-arachnoneurology (the study of the brains of spider neurology experts), and arachnoarachnology (the study of too many spiders).
Beret Guy uses spider psychology in the comic to engineer a forked object in such a way that spiders will weave a silk shirt around it. Usually extracting spider silk is a complicated process and getting enough to weave a shirt would take very long (and be very expensive).
The title text sums up some more non-existent, increasingly far-fetched fields of science related to spiders, which may as well exist if spider psychology has such a big standard work. The prefix arachno- means "(related to) spiders", for example as in arachnophobia.
- [Beret Guy holding a protractor and handling a fork-like stand with black knobbly protrusions. On the table is a book titled Spider Psychology, some sticks, a set square and a ruler.]
- [Beret Guy places his creation in a cobwebbed corner.]
- [Spiders weave webs around Beret Guy's creation.]
- Six weeks later:
- [Beret Guy pulls a shirt made of spider silk away from his creation.]
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Somehow, I don't believe that ANY object would make the spiders to weave something so thick as a usable shirt. -- Hkmaly (talk) 09:26, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
- Maybe he arranged the fork thing so that broken and falling spiderwebs would fall in just the right way to form a shirt. It's possible. Davidy22(talk) 09:38, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
- It's beret guy. The same guy with endless wings. What do you expect? 22.214.171.124 13:46, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
However, something similar is used by Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck to persuade bees to create art on forms. An example here: http://inspiration-of-the-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Aganetha-Dyck-bee-art.jpg Noni Mausa 126.96.36.199 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
It looks more like a sweater to me. J-beda (talk) 14:16, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
I came across the Effect of psychoactive drugs on animals once while researching caffeine and now is the PERFECT time to share. Spiders are right up front. DanB (talk) 16:49, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
- That's super interesting! Thanks for sharing! It's interesting that the article suggests that in contrast to the other drugs, LSD actually caused the spiders to build even more ordered webs than before. Erenan (talk) 16:39, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
I would think that arachnoarachnology would be the study of how spiders study spiders. Or the study of spiders by spiders. Bugefun (talk) 04:50, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
Bugefun: That puzzled me too--does "arachno" have some alternate meaning there, or is he just implying that the study of spiders by spiders involves far too many spiders? 188.8.131.52 12:33, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
arachnoarachnology = aarrrrch nooo arachnology I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 17:41, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
A few years ago I saw a tapestry made from spider silk and there is an article about it on Wired: [http://www.wired.com/2009/09/spider-silk/]
Read the article and you will see that what Beret Guy attempts is possible, though not as simply or quickly as the comic implies.184.108.40.206
03:48, 14 June 2015 (UTC)