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Freaky Iraq insect

June 17, 2004

Apparently, US soldiers found this freakish-looking giant insect in the Iraqi desert. What a nightmarish, facehugger-out-of-alien-looking thing! Spotted via Idleworm.

Cliff Pickover, the author of the page say that he believes the photo to be real. Well, maybe in the sense that it hasn't been photoshopped he could be right, but I don't think for one minute that it's a real giant insect. Insects have six legs. This thing appears to have over a dozen (it's difficult to tell from the photo, but there're definitely more than six).

Later on the page, Cliff compares the creature to a camel spider and that's when I think I figured out what I was looking at. Does it look to anyone else like one very big spider hanging off the arse of another big spider by its mandibles?

I'll still be seeing that thing in my sleep though ...

Posted by Jonah at June 17, 2004 2:22 PM


It's a hoax. Apparently.

Posted by: robbie at June 22, 2004 1:23 PM

Ah, good old snopes. I tell you what though, I didn't need the image of a 12 inch legspan spider running at 25 mph and screaming though, hoax or not.


Posted by: Jonah at June 23, 2004 12:16 PM

Me either. My initial reaction was to buy an axe, but then that's my reaction to most things. I think playing too many computer games has warped my mind.

Posted by: Robbie at June 23, 2004 12:26 PM

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