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Insect Aircraft


This 1906 article is the lone reference I can find on the internet to this craft, and I suspect it never existed except on paper.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 08, 2015 | Comments (17)
Category: Insects, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1900's, Europe

Tarantula on a plane

The crew of a Delta Airlines flight from Baltimore to Atlanta decided that everyone had to switch to a new plane when they learned that a baboon tarantula was loose on board. The tarantula had somehow escaped from its cargo shipment container.

The tarantula was later found. It had never made its way into the passenger compartment. But still, a good decision to switch planes. I can imagine passengers would have freaked out if they had been surprised by a baboon tarantula crawling down the aisle. []

Check out the video below to see a baboon tarantula in action.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Sep 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Insects, Air Travel and Airlines


Mom of the year saw a spider on her shoulder so she jumped out of her moving car (yes she was driving) with her 9 year old son in the back seat. The boy climbed over the seat and tried to get the vehicle stopped. Unfortunately he hit the gas by mistake and rammed a school bus.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Sep 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Insects, Can't Possibly Be True

Insect Art

If you've seen an insect in a movie, there's a good chance it was a prop made by insect artist Graham Owen. He specializes in the "design and fabrication of intricate life-size insect replicas" that are frequently used in movies and TV shows. His most famous insect might be the fly that tormented Walter White in an episode of Breaking Bad.

A recent article about him offers more details about his art and career. And the article included this piece of info, which was new to me:

While the nature of real insects makes them difficult to use, there is another reason Owen’s replicas are in high demand: American Humane Association guidelines prohibit dead insects from being filmed, he said.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Sep 04, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Insects, Movies

Creepy Crawlers

For every young girl or boy who aspires to become Dr. Phibes.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 26, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Animals, Insects, Toys, 1960's

Anty Gin

We have explored the idea of eating insects here on WU. Well, how about drinking them? Anty Gin is gin infused with the essence of wood ants. So, wood alcohol bad, wood ant alcohol good(?).
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Insects, Alcohol

Spider Rain

Watch it if you dare......

And we're all moving to Australia!
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Tue May 19, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Horror, Insects

In-home lice removal

This company has found an odd, but apparently profitable, niche: "personalized and discreet head lice removal services" in the comfort of your own home.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 18, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Insects, Jobs and Occupations

The Entopod

Perhaps you weren't eating bugs because it wasn't easy enough to prepare them. Well, now there's the Entopod. Designed by Edinburgh student Courtney Yule, the Entopod is a "starter kit" for eating bugs. It includes a grinder for making insect flour, detachable containers for heating the insecto-food in the oven, and more! She hopes it will encourage people to experiment with "entomophagy." More info at BBC News.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Food, Insects

Gene Vincent’s FLEA BRAIN

"If she wasn't good-looking, she'd be better off dead."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Insects, Music, 1950's, Brain Damage
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