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EveningGoddess
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2009 09:16:28 PM »

ahhhh!!!!
seriously!!it just made me all itchy!!
great job!
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2009 09:28:41 PM »

Ugh. Those creep  me out so much. I would find them in my room because I lived in the basement, that looks frightengly realistic.
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2009 06:06:35 AM »

Ah I just left Kingston last year; graduated from Queens. And your very realistic painting brings back some memories. Some terrible, terrible memories.

For instance, if you throw a flip flop from across the room (and hit your target), their legs seem to fly off its body. And you better hope your aim is true, otherwise your paranoia is matched only by your grip on said flip flop.

Fantastic painting, seriously, it's so realistic it required a double-take.
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2009 07:04:50 AM »

I thought it was real! All the little hairs are standing up on my body. I hate those things with the passion of a thousand suns, but yours is really good and really realistic. Nice job. I really hope I don't see any today. I freakin hate bugs.  Cry
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2009 07:35:18 AM »

Oh ick - I went to Queen's and remember these things with horror. I actually saw the thumbnail and though of the time one crawled out of my sink - while I was brushing my teeth. *shudder*

You're painting is incredibly realistic!
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Malica
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2009 08:00:49 AM »

Ew! Ew! Ew! This is far too realistic for my liking. I'm generally not squeemish at all when it bugs, but these things are nasty. I swear the 3 or 4 I've seen in my life have seemed to be "hairier" (which is where I draw the line on bugs -- I'm perfectly fine until they're large enough to be hairy), and when trying to explain what I saw to others I often tell them it looks like they had legs coming out of its back in all directions! I suppose it's a small consolation that because of this thread I now know what they're called. I'm still completely grossed out though. It's very realistic, and well painted. And Eeeeeew!
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« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2009 08:06:59 AM »

while this is wonderful and disturbingly realistic, I can't look at it too long for just that reason.  I thought it was a real bug!!!!!!  I absolutely HATE those things.  they freak me out to no end, especially when I see one speeding across my living room floor.  *shudder*

you still did a wonderful job nonetheless.   Smiley

and as far as some saying get rid of the dampness, you'll get rid of these things, I don't necessarily find that to be true.  our basement is as dry as Death Valley (though not as hot thankfully) and we still get them.  I found myself spraying Windex at one crawling on the basement wall just last summer.  it fell, I don't know where it went, but I haven't seen any crawling around since...so far.  maybe it lived long enough to tell all its buddies to look out for the human that sprays poison liquid.

and now I'm paranoid!!!!!!!!!!!  thank you very much!!!!!!   Cry Cry Cry  where's that Windex...
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2009 08:39:08 AM »

I can almost anticipate the crunch of it under my shoe.  If you need some more for models, I know I have some hiding in my basement. (Peterborough).  Good job!
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2009 08:43:41 AM »

I LOVE hearing stories about these guys!  Keep them coming!

I have 3 kingston bug related stories to share:

the first: not so gross.  I was lying in bed and saw one on our ceiling (we have SUPER high ceilings in our apartment) and I felt like it was holding me hostage.  I called for my boyfriend to come and save me, and he had to get a super long pole with a flat thing on the end (for cleaning the shower) and he stood on the bed and crunched at it.  The remains are still there.  But it was hard, because he would smack it with the pole, and it would just keep crawling--faster and faster!  Eventually he mashed it really good... it died.

Another time I stepped one one by accident and it felt like a pile of dried leaves... and the mo-fo JUMPED! and ran away!! (I was just looking online, and apparently these brats can run 16 inches per second!).  I never found it again.

The third is the most gross story.  Before my boyfriend (now fiance) moved in with me, he was visiting my old apartment.  He called from the bathroom, stating that there was something floating in the toilet and that he didn't know what it was.  Horrified (did I forget to flush a "feminine" product before jumping into the shower?) I ran in to take a look.  It was (no lie) a 7 inch centipede, floating in the toilet, with its body submerged, and its head sticking out of the water, wriggling about!  After getting a mad case of the jiblies (when you feel all creepy crawly and gross and have to jump around to feel better), I flushed it.

Oh!  Now I have the jibblies all over again!


Here is the framed painting (the ONLY place I feel comfortable looking at a centipede)



And here is the original photograph I worked from (wikipedia)



To make everyone who has encountered these creatures feel better, you should know that centipedes eat other bugs, like spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, ants and silverfish (from Wikipedia).  So they're actually kind of helpful in that way.

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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2009 08:49:47 AM »

Those are the "Satan Bugs"! We had one once in our house in Northern California, I'm not a sqeamish person and I'm never freaked out by insects but that one is so wicked fast and freaky looking it had me jumping up on my sofa and standing there screaming until one of the guys squashed it. (It appeared during a home church meeting in our living room.)
My friend who lived in a basement for awhile said she spent a good part of her evening performing genocide on these things and making sure her bed was cleared of them before she went to bed. ICK!

Great job, too realistic!
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