Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice — On Acid!

By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

NASA researchers wondered what would happen to spiders if treated to a variety of mind altering substances. The drugs chosen were LSD, Speed, Marijuana, and Caffeine. To test their faculties the researchers administered the drugs then let spiders be spiders and build their webs. Here are the results:

There was some overlap in arachnid versus human performance. “According to the researchers, the spider that was high on marijuana did a fair job weaving, but then got bored or distracted and didn’t finish. The one on speed went really fast, but without much awareness of the overall picture: It left large gaps. The acid-tripping spider wove a psychedelic, symmetrical web that was very pretty but not great at catching bugs.”

Makes you wonder about that second cup of coffee this morning.

Source: NASA via Life’s Little Mysteries

~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

41 thoughts on “Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice — On Acid!”

  1. I have been a caffeine addict since I was 18. I started because I learned, first year at college, that I could stay up later and do more if I took caffeine, but not liking the taste of coffee, I’d buy caffeine tablets, “like the truckers use,” and I took up to 1800 mg. per day, not knowing, at that time (way long ago) that there was such a thing as caffeine addiction. When I was told by a physician to stop taking caffeine I did so cold turkey and it nearly killed me. Again, nobody mentioned withdrawal. Since then I have still taken caffeine tablets (much lower doses) except when I was pregnant or nursing. (I got this hyped up baby anyway, just imagine if he were on caffeine how it would have been, Lord NO!)

    And I’m a garbage artist. And when I looked at those webs, the one that SPOKE TO ME was the caffeinated spider. (Of course, I never tried the other stuff and just can’t do “normal” so I have no control group.)

    It’s a revelation! Caffeine is my inspiration!

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