Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Friday, October 05, 2007

Toilet Spiders -Take Deux

So I did the debunking of the toilet spider urban myth gig. Turns out, I was interviewed by host Don Wildman for the webcast portion of The History Channel's Cities of the Underworld. The piece will not be posted on The History Channel's website until January or February. I'll post a link when it becomes available. The interview was a lot of fun- very different than anything I've done before. We did multiple takes of things (a large number in some cases). Don was great to work with. He has a great self-deprecating sense of humor. At one point between filming, he was joking about the difficulty in maintaining his very deliberate unshaven look. My response: "nice scruff."

In addition to the debunking, we looked at some of the other creepier critters that we have. I hope that the stuff with the hissing cockroaches gets in because the host was definitely grossed out by them. It was pretty funny.

Some days I particularly love my job.

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At 17:35, Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...

OH MY!!!! I love your job too.

At 13:12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hissing cockroaches rule!!!, but N refuses to let me keep any.

At 02:14, Blogger Ur-spo said...

what about the barking spiders?

At 13:06, Blogger rodger said...

So you spent the day with scruffy Don in the toilet? Toe-tapper. ;)

At 17:11, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Steve- well, someone's got to do it.

rcw- when the piece finally gets posted, you may see me saying that hissers are not my favorite critter. Plus, they're kinda stinky.

spo- everything you would like to know about barking spiders (including lots of pictures, because I care) can be found here

rodger- Perhaps Sen. Craig should have tried that as his defense. "Your honor, it wasn't really my wide stance. I was just trying to kill a highly venomous toilet spider."


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