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Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Python, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Python

    Python Arachnolord Old Timer

    I've been reading the boards for a little while now and I keep seeing the term OBT. What does that stand for? I tried the search function but it was no help
  2. wolfpak

    wolfpak Arachnobaron Old Timer

    orange baboon tarantula. i think :?
  3. becca81

    becca81 Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    or... "Orange Bitey Thing"

    This should really be in big letters across the top of the forum. That, or have a "find out what OBT means" button on the search page. :rolleyes:
  4. cloud711

    cloud711 Arachnobaron Old Timer

    obt= orange baboon tarantula
  5. Snipes

    Snipes Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I think its for orange baboon tarantula, but most people go with "orange bitey thing"
  6. Python

    Python Arachnolord Old Timer

    Thanks for the really fast resposes
  7. SpiderDork

    SpiderDork Arachnosquire Old Timer

    OBT is an acronym for Orange Bitey Thing a nickname that has been bestowed on th P. murinus (Usambar Baboon). They are renown for their quickness and defensive natures.
  8. Henry Kane

    Henry Kane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    That or people just start calling them by their correct name.

  9. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    As my dad always said, "Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets full first." ;)

    In general I am complete agreement, but even I find myself typing OBT out of laziness sometimes.
  10. defour

    defour Arachnobaron Old Timer

    It sometimes stands for "orange baboon tarantula"? I'd always thought it was an "orange bitey thing" exclusive acronym, maybe because "orange baboon tarantula" is such a bad common name.

    Funny you should mention that particular bit of fatherly wisdom. I'd never heard it until my old boss said it. I could only stare in bewilderment as I tried to figure out what it could possibly mean. I eventually got it, but it's never really clicked for me, which is one reason I like using it in conversation. I don't really pay any attention to whether or not it makes sense in context, which has the fun side effect of causing OTHER people to look bewildered. It's sort of like a more satisfying version of the "random acts of kindness" thing. You can't keep it if you don't give it away. ;)

  11. tarantulakeeper

    tarantulakeeper Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I don't have any saved emails or correspondence to back up my 'older' memory, but if I am remembering correctly OBT originated from an early 1998/99 email list or from discussions on Doug's Bulletin Board. It meant "orange bitey thing" at that time. This was prior to this forum, the ATS yahoo group, Spidertalk,Petbugs, etc. Mark Kent, Mike "Troll" Dame, and numerous others I can't remember were active at that time. John
  12. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Orange Bitey Thing is the original as best I know as well. What is more interesting is why it overtook Pterror for the bastardised common name for the Usambara. I remember that Pterrors used to be the most frequently used "common name" and then all of a sudden somebody realised Orange Bitey Thing was more attractive. It's one of those knowledge as virus type things that fascinate me.
  13. brigebane

    brigebane Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Funny Orange bastard tarantula always came to thought :p I suppose orange bitey thing works as well but I do prefer P. murinus
  14. caligulathegod

    caligulathegod Arachnodeity Old Timer

    Just for S&G's, I did a search to find the earliest use of the term "Orange Bitey Thing" on this site (back to 2002) and guess who came up? ;)



    Now, it might have been used before on an earlier version of the site, and I couldn't search "OBT", but I thought it was kind of funny.
  15. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Not that I wouldn't want credit for something that became so wide spread, but I can't take credit for something that I was just parrotting myself.
  16. rgfx

    rgfx Arachnoknight

    I think pterror is a MUCH better common name than OBT.
  17. tarantulakeeper

    tarantulakeeper Arachnoknight Old Timer

    a little history..

    In February, 2001, Jay Stotzky merged two yahoo groups, Arachnids and Strictly_tarantulas, into arachnid_world. The first reference I found using the search feature for "orange bitey thing" was Mark Kent's messasge 3977.

    This was posted on May 26, 2001.
    <<em how about an orange bitey thing (pt species)much more exciting
    than an acic first thing in a morning when you are half asleep or
    still half cut (drunk).
    bye mark

    I think the term had been thrown around for a while on the other two lists. The archived messages from the two merged groups are no longer available. John
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2005
  18. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    OBT is easier to type and spell (heh) has been my best guess for why Pterror was superceded.
  19. Immortal_sin

    Immortal_sin Arachnotemptress Old Timer

    However, I think we CAN credit the King of Kicking Nads to it's use here on AB ;)
  20. defour

    defour Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Plus, you can use it in spoken conversation, avoiding the confusion of the presumably silent 'P'. Incidentally, I used one of those in 'presumably', just in case anyone is reading this to their cat. 'Terror' is a pain to say anyway. Something about those double r's irrrrritates me.