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Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:03 AM

This is the most frightening spider statistic ever: spiders walk across our faces as we sleep!

The thought of being in the same room as a spider gives most of us the creeps - so imagine finding out they also walk across our faces as we sleep!

“Huntsmen can walk across you and you wouldn’t know,” Michael Tate from NSW’s Central Coast Australian Reptile Park told 2UE radio.

“By the time you’re 35 years old, and if you’re living in Sydney, several huntsmen will have walked across your face during your sleep,” Tate said, who is more commonly known as ‘Ranger Mick’.

You’re not alone if hearing this makes you want to jump out of your skin and sleep wrapped in bubble wrap!

“It’s very likely that someone may have had prey caught on their face by a huntsman. Bushy eyebrows are the perfect hunting ground for a spider,” he said."

But it gets worse...


"according to arachnid curator Rod Crawford of Seattle’s Burke Museum, we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep, he told Scientific American."


https://au.be.yahoo.com/lifestyle/real-life/a/32563209/this-is-the-most-frightening-spider-statistic-ever/#page1

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Reply This is the most frightening spider statistic ever: spiders walk across our faces as we sleep! (Original post)
NWCorona Sep 2016 OP
jberryhill Sep 2016 #1
NWCorona Sep 2016 #2
RockaFowler Sep 2016 #3
Krytan11c Sep 2016 #15
longship Sep 2016 #18
tymorial Sep 2016 #4
NWCorona Sep 2016 #6
pintobean Sep 2016 #17
tymorial Sep 2016 #35
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2016 #29
geek tragedy Sep 2016 #5
NWCorona Sep 2016 #8
geek tragedy Sep 2016 #10
NWCorona Sep 2016 #12
geek tragedy Sep 2016 #16
A HERETIC I AM Sep 2016 #22
Eleanors38 Sep 2016 #32
hunter Sep 2016 #39
Skinner Sep 2016 #9
MowCowWhoHow III Sep 2016 #7
NWCorona Sep 2016 #13
KittyWampus Sep 2016 #11
NWCorona Sep 2016 #14
woodsprite Sep 2016 #19
Laffy Kat Sep 2016 #25
woodsprite Sep 2016 #30
Laffy Kat Sep 2016 #38
lame54 Sep 2016 #20
yeoman6987 Sep 2016 #26
randome Sep 2016 #21
A HERETIC I AM Sep 2016 #23
Eleanors38 Sep 2016 #33
Laffy Kat Sep 2016 #24
relayerbob Sep 2016 #27
eissa Sep 2016 #28
Nuclear Unicorn Sep 2016 #31
HuckleB Sep 2016 #34
canetoad Sep 2016 #36
Initech Sep 2016 #37

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:10 AM

1. "we swallow eight spiders a year"

 


Well, duh, how else are we supposed to catch the flies?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:11 AM

2. Lol!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:15 AM

3. Now that song will be an earworm for the day

Thanks a lot!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:36 AM

15. Perhaps we'll die.

I heard it happened to an old lady once.

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Response to Krytan11c (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:46 AM

18. The King, the Mice and the Cheese!

Read it. Great for all ages.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:16 AM

4. I could have sworn that the swallowing spider myth

Was just that. An urban legend. How does one even measure that statistic?

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Response to tymorial (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:20 AM

6. Truthfully. I don't want to know how they find that out. nt

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Response to tymorial (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:45 AM

17. How often do you dream about eating crab?

 

I do about eight times a year.

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Response to pintobean (Reply #17)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 02:30 PM

35. I am more of a lobster man myself

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Response to tymorial (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:17 PM

29. Yep, it is a complete and total bullshit myth.

Here's the link to the Snopes article: http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.asp

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:24 AM

8. Yes. It's Australia but still.... Spiders still do the same here in the states

Just not as frequently as down under

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Response to NWCorona (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:27 AM

10. Huntsmen spiders are unusual spiders and are rarely encountered in the USA nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:31 AM

12. I'm talking spiders in general not huntsmen in particular.

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Response to NWCorona (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:37 AM

16. Regular spiders would have no reason to crawl on a human being

 

They are stationary hunters

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #16)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 11:58 AM

22. What if it's a man about town spider.?

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #16)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 02:20 PM

32. Regular spiders can't stand the geyser of bad breath that bellows up in their journeys.

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 04:04 PM

39. I see them here in California, occasionally in our house.

Them, and tarantulas do not get to live in our house, I put them outside and usually don't see them again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider

The tarantulas are easy to catch, the huntsmen are wickedly fast, you've got to sneak up on them or get them cornered somewhere.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:25 AM

9. Thanks.

I was skeptical.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:23 AM

7. N.O.P.E.

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Response to MowCowWhoHow III (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:31 AM

13. Hell no!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:29 AM

11. What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

 

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FINDING HALF A WORM IN YOUR APPLE.


I have a huge veggie garden and fruit tree/bushes. Occasionally realizing you just ate an aphid or whatever doesn't phase me.

Especially when you turn over a grub and realize they look pretty much like the shrimp you had last night.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 09:32 AM

14. Definitely worse!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 10:22 AM

19. I find spiders fascinating, but I do have a phobia of them.

Walked out on our porch last night and walked smack dab into a web that stretched from the porch ceiling to the floor. The diameter of the woven area was about 24". Somehow I managed to avoid the spider when I ran into it. Good thing too, because she was about 2" counting her legs. Thankfully she wasn't sitting in the center, but off to the side - otherwise, spider in the face.

I felt creepy the rest of the night.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #19)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:25 PM

25. Probably an orb weaver.

They build giant webs at night and love porches and door frames. I had one for weeks outside my side porch last year. She would spend an entire night building these enormous, perfect, beautiful webs and then tear them down and built another. I could only see her at night and I got really attached to her. I was so proud of her I would always bring my house guests out to see her work. Unfortunately this year, nothing.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #25)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:53 PM

30. Charlotte's Web was always my favorite book when I was growing up.

The one I almost ran into last night was what I call a "Charlotte" - light brown and darker brown with stripy legs. We live in the woods and see tons of wolf spiders and grass spiders, but it's not often we see a large orb weaver. Boy, did she make a large shadow on our ceiling! I've seen the garden orb weavers (pretty black and yellow) but the ones I've seen around our house have been tiny (1/4" to 1/2" body). There was a huge one (body about 1.5" long) happily captive inside a large light fixture by our church. It was awesome, my family would just sit there and watch her wrap up her latest conquest. I guess meals would fly into the fixture attracted by the light and get trapped, then as they were bouncing around trying to get out, they would be caught in her web.

The oddest spider I've ever seen was what I called a "spikey butt spider" when I was a kid (over 40 yrs ago). Now that we're in the woods, I see quite a few of them. Always in the same spot -- building webs between my hosta plants.

Oh, and my daughter was out with the dog one night and got really excited because she saw (and photographed) a trap door spider in our front yard. I didn't even think we had those in Delaware, but a Google search proved me wrong.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #30)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 03:17 PM

38. They are fascinating. Creepy, but fascinating.

When I was in the fifth grade I got be Charlotte in our class play!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 11:42 AM

20. Still better than vegemite

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Response to lame54 (Reply #20)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:30 PM

26. 100 percent correct!

 

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 11:44 AM

21. Best to keep a gun under the pillow, then.

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Everything is a satellite to some other thing.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to randome (Reply #21)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:00 PM

23. Careful you don't blow your nose off n/t

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Response to randome (Reply #21)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 02:22 PM

33. That 's a myth.Thirty-eights are for Florida cock roaches.

 

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:20 PM

24. I remember eating a spider in my sleep.

Didn't know that's what it was at the time. I remember dreaming that I was chewing something that tasted strange and awful and the taste stayed with me after I woke up, like ALL DAY. At the time I was renting an apartment in a darling old Victorian that had a lot of spiders. Figured it out years later and now I'm certain.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 12:59 PM

27. Spiders are our friends

Without spiders, we'd be overrun by really nasty critters.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:10 PM

28. Happened to me

I was in my teens. Woke up one morning to get ready for school, walked into the bathroom and noticed a weird face in the mirror. My upper lip was gone and my face looked like a blowfish. Doctor said it was most likely a spider bite while I slept. Had to take antibiotics to get my face back to normal, but that took several days, and my mom still made me go to school looking like that. I was mortified!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 01:55 PM

31. Because the clowns hiding under our beds aren't bad enough.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 02:27 PM

34. Sounds like some reassuring information.

In other words, we should stop being so fearful of spiders.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 02:54 PM

36. I'm pretty fond of huntsmen

or huntswomen, as most of them are, and usually have one or more living around the cornices.

They are pretty amazing creatures. Being big, juicy targets for birds, humans and reptiles and having virtually no defences, they have evolved to be able to flatten themselves to 1 or 2 mm thick. Their leg joints can swivel both up and down and sideways, like a crab, enabling them to hide under bark, wallpaper, car sun visors - anywhere there is a tiny flat space.

You can tell a male from female - the males generally have smaller bodies and longer legs than the females who appear to be 'chunkier'. When a hunstperson appears in my house, it usually stays up high for a week or so, but if you are patient, they nearly always come down to eye level where they can be caught with a (large) glass and piece of card and re-homed outside.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Fri Sep 9, 2016, 03:10 PM

37. Hasn't this been proven false like 1,000,000 times now?

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