It has to be said that the frivolous Simpsons-related title of this post has absolutely nothing to do with the content, except for a very vague spider link … but hopefully it made you look !
The Brigade vulcaniser (big hydraulic press that turns raw silicon disks into finished moulds with application of lots of pressure and heat) lives in Phil’s garage. Like lots of garages it’s none-too-tidy, being used for storage of all sorts of domestic overflow that has nowhere else to live and playing host to various wildlife that likes the warm, dark corners – mice (don’t talk to us about mice), spiders and so on.
One spider decided to make its home between the plates of the vulcaniser while it was inactive for a few days. Not expecting there to be anything inside, when Phil came to make a new mould he didn’t exactly do a thorough sweep for foreign objects. Now spiders aren’t the most robust of creatures, and several tons of pressure at 80°C isn’t the best thing for their constitution, as this chap found out:
Phil assures me that the ‘Poo’ isn’t really that, it’s just dirt/dust/rust. I’m not convinced …