31 Oct '13, 1am

Shelob and Aragog – two large spiders undergraduates do remember

I never know which example I will summon during a lecture and I’m not always prepared for it, but it usually works out well as I have a decent memory for incidents and stories. And sometimes, students help. Flu-meds can mess up the spontaneity of recollection and in my drugged state at the recent LSM1103 Biodiversity lecture on arthropods, I decided to call up a giant spider from a popular movie I was pretty sure most undergraduates had seen – Harry Potter. In my fogged mind though, I painted a scene of Harry Potter waving a sword heroically at a large spider. But, really, that was Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings. So there was excitement at my confusion and as I struggled with the spider’s name too, the undergrads helpfully provided that it was Aragog, and not Aragon. After the lecture I shared these clips on the class Facebook page to clarify the confusion I had been ...

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