A woman jumped from a moving car after seeing a spider on her shoulder. The 9 year old passenger attempted to stop the car, hit the gas, and collided with a school bus. The boy had minor injuries and no one else was hurt.
Scientists estimate that if spider silk could be faithfully reproduced with the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a large jet plane in flight.
An episode of Peppa Pig had to be banned in Australia because it showed Peppa being friendly to spiders, which was not considered safe for kids due to the toxicity of many Australian species.
An episode of ‘Peppa Pig’ had to be banned in Australia because it taught children that spiders aren’t that scary. It was considered too dangerous to teach Australian kids that spiders are not to be feared.
Spiders can use Earth’s electrostatic field to propel themselves up to 2.5 miles into the atmosphere.
A Missouri family sued the previous owners of a house that they had just bought after Brown Recluse Spiders “started bleeding out of the walls.” An expert came in and estimated that the house was infested with 4,000 – 5,000 of the spiders.
One million golden orb-weaver spiders lent their silk to create a shimmering, golden textile. Each spider had to be caught and “milked” by hand.
All the drugs tested on spiders reduced web regularity except for small doses of LSD, which resulted in more ordered webs.
Some spiders build its own lifelike decoys from leaves, debris and dead insects to confuse or distract predators.