NASA Once Fed Spiders Drugs And Then Watched As The Stoned Bugs Made “Deformed” Webs

A normal web on the left next to a web made by a spider on LSD

NASA once fed spiders drugs like LSD and marijuana and then watched as the stoned bugs made “deformed” webs. The space agency published the results of its bizarre experiment in 1995 – and they were as fascinating as you’d expect.

h/t: thesun, mentalfloss

A web made by a spider on marijuana on the right

You can see the abstract creations below, including webs weaved by spiders high on marijuana, LSD, caffeine and chloral hydrate.

A normal web on the left and a web made by a spider on chloral hydrate (sleeping pills)

“The more toxic the chemical,” wrote the researchers in their paper, “the more deformed a web looks in comparison with a normal web.”

Spiders who’d sampled caffeine made webs with disorganised cells

They then quantified the alterations in each web using statistical tools and image processors to test the impact of different chemicals on spiders.

A spider who’d been given Benzedrine spins a deformed web

Back in 1948, zoologist H.M. Peters had been staying up all night in an effort to research the web-spinning abilities of orb-web spiders. NASA replicated Witt’s original study in 1995 and found similar results. The only difference was the astronomers used house spiders as part of their analysis and modern computing tools to dissect the outcome.

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

A Catlendar To Make You Smile All Year Round In 2016
Pooches Ride on Owners Moped in Indonesia
Upclose And Personal With Woodland Creatures Photographed By Konsta Punkka
Neckties For Cats? That’s Totally A Thing
Meet Pixel, the World’s Shortest and Most Adorable Cat
Squirrel That Wished To Live With A Human Friend
Foo-Chan - Disappointed Cat
"If My Small Dog Was As Big As She Thinks She Is"
A Beautiful Scowling Curly-Haired Cat
Japanese Photographer Snaps Charming Scene Of Cats Playing On Cherry Blossom Tree
Geometric 3D Mammals Crafted with Complex Paper Folding
The Extremely Rare Black Leopard Confirmed In Africa For First Time In 100 Years
Perfect Imperfection: Photographer Documents The Beauty Of Animals With Disabilities
Photographer Set Out To Capture The Personalities Of Animals Who Adapt To Their Damaged Or Different Bodies Without Complaint
Pictures of Animals Posing as Humans by Svetlana Valyiskaya
Failed Animals Panoramic Photos That Are Worse Than You’d Think
Polar Bear Came To Play
Sharon Montrose's Animal Prints On Display
"Animal Soul": Beautiful Portraits Of The Bad-Ass Cats By Robert Bahou
Now In Oregon You Can Have Llamas Dressed As A Bride And Groom Attend Your Wedding
Not Quite Thigh High
Meet The Cutest Fish Vendor In Vietnam Who Is Taking The Internet By Storm With His Adorable Pics
Misbehaving Goats That Were Forced To Wear Pool Noodles & Tennis Balls For Everyone’s Safety
People Spend Quarantine by Making Tiny Crochet Couches For Their Cats
Pussies Galore: Japan’s Cat Island May Have Reached Peak Cat
Lorenzo The Cat by Joann Biondi
Humorous Instagram Account Doodles Adorable Tiny Pug Into Cute Characters
Indonesian Man Best Friends with 28 Stone Bengal Tiger
Meet Nangua, A Very Rare (And Very Adorable) Bright Orange Baby Monkey
With South Africa In Lockdown, The Lions Are Taking It Very Easy