They were interested, so I kept going, describing the odd coloring of the spider, which was green and purple. And, of course, its markings; like some spiders have violins or hearts or whatever, the eagle spider had a sort of bull's-eye target pattern on it. And markings on the bull's eye that resembled numbers; usually odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, but sometimes even numbers, or other patterns of numbers such as 1, 4, 7, 10, 13.
About this time my wife returned from the church with the news that the teens would be staying a bit longer (birthday party or something), so we would run over to Subway to get something to eat and then come back to pick them up. Of course, the boys were very excited to tell their mom about the fantastic new spider they'd just learned. By the time we got into Subway, the youngest, very excited, got to the coloring of the spider: "It's purple and green."
My wife: "Who told you about this?"
Youngest boy: "Dad."
Wife: "He Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiied!"
Now, you had to be there... the boy's face just drew up, slowly dropping to face the ground... I admit, I couldn't stop laughing. (I know, I know; evil father, bad dad... but it was funny!)
The "Eagle Spider" has been a recurring item of conversation ever since.
Now, lo and behold, I come across this article: "Gigantic Spider Webs Made of Silk Tougher Than Kevlar." Of course, I'm thinking, "Eagle Spider... no one's going to believe me when I mention this."
So, tonight, on the way home from seeing Tangled in ridiculously-overpriced-but-phenomenally-amazing-yet-definitely-not-quite-as-phenomenally-amazing-as-Avatar 3d, I mention the spiderwebs. And, of course, there is disbelief, and I can't stop laughing as I explain that I knew that no one would believe me, and the youngest - and my wife - are saying, "You'll have to show us before we believe that."
Well, at least I've taught my children some healthy skepticism, huh?