Are you one who loves spiders, and visits Arachnoboards or other spider-lovers forums? Do you own a tarantula, or other species of spider? Not everyone enjoys arachnids, but there are some who see beauty in their shape and form. If you’re one of those — and even if you’re not — you’ll enjoy these spider myths to liven your Halloween.
Spiders can burrow in and live under your skin
According to Snopes.com, this myth tells of a video that supposedly existed, showing a hole in a girl’s side and the spider living in it. The whole thing was designed to draw users into taking a survey that in some cases led to a hardcore porn site. Certainly not something spider owners — or even little Miss Muffet — would endorse!
There’s a deadly spider lurking under public toilet seats
Known as the Arachnius gluteus, legend has it that several women were bitten in a restaurant bathroom by this spider. The spider’s name should give a clue … or at least arouse suspicion. We’re thinking the women were supposedly bit on the — where else? — gluteus maximus. This hoax varied the species of spider over time.
People swallow eight spiders a year
Some people think this might actually be a double hoax. Yeah, seriously! Snopes.com claims Lisa Holst wrote an article in 1993 for the magazine, “PC Professional.” In it she talked about how “facts” that aren’t really facts circulate through email. And she made up the fact that people swallow eight spiders a year. All of which sounds plausible. However, Techques, and other sites have been unable to validate the magazine, or author. Is “PC Professional” a real magazine? Or is Snopes.com perpetrating a hoax of their own? Perhaps Snopes is hoping to catch those copying the article without permission and violating copyright. Spider owners aren’t about to open their mouths one way or the other … because, after all … they might like spiders, but they’d hate for one to run in.
Bubble Yum (bubble gum) contains spider eggs
According to OldTimeCandy.com, this hoax was started because some people (kids?) thought it explained why the gum was so soft. LifeSavers, the parent company, even sent out a press release to squash the rumor. If you’re a macho spider owner who would still like to believe that your Bubble Yum has spider eggs in it, that’s up to you. Apparently, though, a young Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t concerned about it — he did a commercial for Bubble Yum.
By now, even if you do love spiders, one of these spider myths is sure to give you chills down your spine. And just in case you were wondering, that was our aim. After all, it’s only fitting that you have the whim-whams to liven your Halloween.
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