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The average person swallows eight spiders per year

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by -Rage-, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 71
    Claim: The average person swallows eight spiders per year.
    Status: False.

    Origins: Oh, yuk! It's hard enough to avoid those horrible wriggly things while we're awake, and now we have to worry that they're crawling into our mouths while we sleep? Little Miss Muffett was a piker.

    Fear not. This "statistic" was not only made up out of whole cloth, it was invented as an example of the absurd things people will believe simply because they come across them on the Internet.

    In a 1993 PC Professional article, columnist Lisa Holst wrote about the ubiquitous lists of "facts" that were circulating via e-mail and how readily they were accepted as truthful by gullible recipients. To demonstrate her point, Holst offered her own made-up list of equally ridiculous "facts," among which was the statistic cited above about the average person's swallowing eight spiders per year, which she took from a collection of common misbeliefs printed in a 1954 book on insect folklore. In a delicious irony, Holst's propagation of this false "fact" has spurred it into becoming one of the most widely-circulated bits of misinformation to be found on the Internet

    just be happy it's not this fucker...

  2. shameless self promotion

    shameless self promotion 12oz Legend

    Joined: Mar 7, 2001 Messages: 16,307 Likes Received: 114
    I wondered what the fuck was crunchy last night, i thought i just dozed off high agian with a cheetoh in my mouth..:eek:
  3. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    you and your fucking spiders. You're giving me nightmares, fool:mad:
  4. ASER1NE

    ASER1NE Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 15, 2001 Messages: 7,578 Likes Received: 3
    for some reason im more scared of the smaller spiders than the bigger ones , my friend had a tarantula , and it was fine , but the medium sixe ones that creep along sometimes undetected are freaky .
  5. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 71

    Sorry Dazzle. If it helps you any I'll tell you a little story. My pops was chilling in his couch one night and a beetle flew into his ear. The fucker was buzzing around the whole time. I remember hearing my dad scream from upstairs. It's pretty fucked up to hear your 50+ year old father screaming in fear. Anyways my mom drove him to the hospital...I was paranoid all week about insects.

    The reason it flew in his ear... My dad was asleep and two reading lights were right above his head. The beetle was attracted to the light and somehow found his ear.

    Sweet dreams.
  6. ~KRYLON2~

    ~KRYLON2~ 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 13, 2001 Messages: 10,475 Likes Received: 202
    i fucking hate spiders
  7. ceasoner

    ceasoner Guest

    your a lier..
    its 3 spiders i read it in a bathroom trivia book
  8. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    I don't hate spiders though they do creep me out. Anything big enough that it crunches when I step on it is bad news....I should get a tarantula.
  9. -Rage-

    -Rage- 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 11,276 Likes Received: 71
    that's nasty
  10. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    Man stop creeping me out, i have lots of spiders living in my room, they fucking creep around, i find them in my shoes when i wake up, under clothes on the floor.i creeps me out at night cause i am always thinkning that there is a pretty fucking good chance there is a spiders under my covers....

    REGULATOR Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 6, 2001 Messages: 3,383 Likes Received: 0
    i had taco bell last time, im pretty sure i swallowed at least 5 spiders a taco....is the taco bell meat really that bad though??
  12. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,067 Likes Received: 29
  13. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
  14. seppuku

    seppuku Member

    Joined: May 11, 2000 Messages: 718 Likes Received: 0
    i had the same thing happen to me. except it wasn't a spider. or maybe it was....
  15. iCEBERG

    iCEBERG Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 22, 2001 Messages: 2,039 Likes Received: 0
    spiders are so dope... i admire their patience and planning... they way they get their stuff done...

    dont get me wrong, their disgusting, but their dope too, i envy spiders