Saturday, March 21, 2009

50 Foot Spider Attacks Liverpool, England

This has got to be the coolest thing I have ever heard. In early September 2008, a mechanical spider dubbed 'La Princesse', walked through the city of Liverpool. Among other things, it shot flames, smoke, 'flung' people into the air, and spayed the public with water and snow. La Princesse weighs 50 tons, is made of metal and wood, is operated by 12 people and powered by complex hydraulics.

The fictional story behind the spider is that scientists arrived to investigate and transported it to their 'research base' to perform experiments. En route it escaped and terrorized the city. Pyrotechnics were required to prevent the spider from entering Liverpool's new concert stadium, Echo Arena. Music was played to try to calm the giant spider and finally, it nested at a derelict building, the Concourse Tower.

[ Source : Boston Globe ]

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