Cute Overload :D
Friendly little guy
With a big smile on his face
Knows Peter Parker
Look at his wittle hair spikes! Squeee!
NSFW! I nearly screamed and jumped out of my chair when I opened the page. My apologies to spiders but I do not think they are ever cute. :(
This is the best close up of a creepy critter ever!!
What a cutie! Maybe crawling across my desk, not so much, but all tucked up in picture form…adorabuls to the max.
This is so cute that even when I had a full-blown phobia I might have stopped and looked at it.
10000000000000% agreement with LunaChickFringe… an S-word (yup, can’t even type it) popping up on screen unexpextedly makes the whole day suck… oh man… kudos to the folks who can look past his s-wordeyness to see cuteness – I’d love to be able to, but my brain says no (while it spikes my heartrate, dumps adrenaline into my bloodstream, and makes me produce embarassingly childish squeeking noises)
Unfortunately, this one is Photoshopped. Most of a “frowny” arc was turned upside-down; you can still see the ends in their original positions. (Yes, I have seen the unedited version. I still think it’s cute, but I’m unusual that way. It definitely lacks the anthropomorphic quality.)
I think I know him!
It is Garrison Kieller
from Lake Web-begon
AAAAAK! Spider! Where’s the magazine/rolled-up newspaper/shoe to…oh, look at the cute smile and caption. There, I’m okay now.
I love spiders! I think this picture is adorable. So glad they’re sometimes featured on cuteoverload! :)
I am conflicted
Spiders give me the willies
His smile makes me smile
I had to scroll really fast past the picture. I have such severe arachnophobia that I once called my dad 4 hours away to come kill a spider in my bathroom. At 10:30 at night. He didn’t do it. I still love him anyway. ;-) (I sucked it up in the vacuum and then threw the vacuum away outside.)
But there needs to be a BIG warning above these pictures for those of us who have big reactions to these terrible creatures so we can avoid the possible throwing of laptops across the room in the future. K? Thanks!
FYI: the smile is photoshopped. In the original it’s a frown. Doesn’t affect the cuteness I just don’t anyone to say “Ooh I want to see other cute happy spiders!” go running to Google, then be disappointed.
I hear you Liz. I definitely had some heart poundy-ness going on. The fear is deep and instinctual. Textbook amygdala hijacking.
It really helps that
only two eyes are showing.
Reduces the eek.
I’m both scared of spiders in real life but fascinated to learn about them. And THANK YOU for bringing back the dancing peacock spiders! That video makes me laugh out loud!
Spiders are fascinating and one of God’s creatures. At least little spiders, I’d be reluctant to run into a big one like a tarantula or black widow. But this is a wonderful, clever, amusing video of an interesting creature who is quite tiny and harmless (to people) in real life.
I love spiders! More arms to hug! But I definitely feel bad for the folks who get creeped out.
I used to have a terrible spider phobia – I would just stomp them or spray them – but one night I had a dream that I was very sick (as I had been in real life) and all the animals came to take care of me – including spiders. Poof, no more phobia. Now I love them.
We need the header to be the anatomy of a spider chart – Nope!
Michelle – you threw a whole vacuum away because of one spider!?
I don’t want any BIG spiders on my person … their undersides creep me out. Little guys are fine. And anything that eats mosquitoes is OK in my book!
Sorry, guys, this is a Photoshop job. He’s actually got a few more eyes, and his smile? It’s a flipped-over frown. It’s cute now, but it’s not real.
I recognize that this is a unique and interesting critter, but it’s still revolting. Michelle, I might have done something like that in my younger days (I’ve gotten a little tougher since then). And Smartypants, what a wonderful dream!
Michelle, I’m with you all the way! A warning please…
@simulflow: That’s what a phobia does. It trips you directly into NO NO IT’S GOING TO EAT MY ARM IT’S GOING TO EAT MY FACE IT’S GOING TO EAT MY BRAIN I AM GOING TO DIE BURNING ACID TOOTHY DEATH, for absolutely no reason. The phobia reaction is the thing that saves your life by making you leap backward the instant you see the rattlesnake under the boulder, but turned up to eleven, and short-circuited to trip at the weirdest possible stimulus. Some people have a phobia of balloons, for crying out loud. Paper. Cats. There doesn’t have to be an originating incident because it’s a glitch in your brain meat. Luckily, most people can use extinction therapy to get rid of it. I used to be a full-blown throw-away-the-vacuum arachnophobe; now I just really, really don’t like spiders anywhere near me. Ten years ago I would have stayed away from CO for a solid month to give this post time to really definitely move way down in the queue, so I wouldn’t risk seeing it again. Phobic reactions are not pleasant, is what I’m saying, but there is hope.
No. Just NO. I am so afraid of spiders. Cute Overload has always been my safe place. Not anymore.
D’awww! I LOVE JUMPING SPIDERS. They’re so freaking cute. Seriously, when I’m feeling blue I Google pictures of jumping spiders and it never fails to brighten my day. So fuzzy and adorable. <3
And boo to all you 'nuffers who say otherwise.
Science fact about phobias: part of how they work is a feedback loop. Just like Pavlov’s dog drooling when he heard the bell, you can be conditioned to experience a fear response. Because the experience of fear is itself unpleasant, being afraid *reinforces the fear.* This sort of conditioning totally bypasses the rational part of your brain and goes right to the part that knows for darn sure the big bad wolf is very, very real. This is why exposure therapy works even when it’s done using virtual reality with no actual spiders/snakes/airplanes/whatever.
Anyway, the point is that exposure to spiders or spider *images* that for whatever reason you don’t find particular threatening may be your gateway to breaking the feedback loop. You have the power!
Like Heaven above me
The spider who loved me
Keeps my secrets safe
Seeing your sweet smile
Is melting away
I think spiders are cute, even when they’re not Photoshopped :)
This is my absolute favourite spider video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLw-9dpHtcU
NOOOOOO!!!! DO NOT WANT!!!
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