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This just in: Giant Spider Eats Mercury!

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The Messenger spacecraft recently flew past Mercury and took photographs of parts of that planet that we've never before seen. The photo above shows mysterious features stretching hundreds of miles across Caloris Basin. They might be remnants of the impact that created the crater at the center of the features, or their placement might just be coincidental. We'll have to continue studying this strange world to know how they formed.

I suggest that the big hole at the center isn't a crater at all but a nest, and the grooves were formed by whatever hatched in the nest as they crawled away shortly before they took flight across the Solar System, threatening life on the planets (for example, they devoured the civilization on Saturn's moon, Iapetus). Comets? Nonsense! They're Mecurians!




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Jan. 31st, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
WHY, man, WHY? WHY must you post about giant, planet-devouring, space-traveling spiders, which could be on their way to my house even as we speak, right before I go to bed?
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, sorry; "spider" is an inaccurate term, really. They have too many legs to be arachnids....
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

Jan. 31st, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I like to think they're not people-eaters, but rather they're space bees, carrying Pollen Of Life to new, as-yet undeveloped planets. Happy! Friendly! Bringing information for life! Mercury was, after all, a messenger god.
Jan. 31st, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Perchance they are the ones who brought life to Earth, and it is they who are working so hard to create life on Titan.
Jan. 31st, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Just because they look like giant wasps doesn't mean they're evil. They're very gentle souls, really.
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