Saturday, September 06, 2008

50-Foot Spider Attacks Liverpool





The biggest spider on Earth was spotted clinging to a Liverpool skyscraper this week. See it in action here.

In related British arachnid news, a supermarket clerk recently discovered a deadly South American spider hiding in a shipment of bananas. Warning to banana lovers: Spider attacks are more common than you'd think!

Here's a gallery of spiders discovered in British banana shipments in the past four years:

Below: A Brazilian Wandering Spider. Found July 2004 in Walsall, April 2005 in Bridgwater (where one bit a pub chef), and September 2008 in Kent. According to an expert, "the deadly arachnid has the largest venom glands of any spider and a very toxic poison." The Guinness Book of World Records has named it the deadliest spider in the world.




Below: A Giant Crab Spider. In June, 2005, a man was bitten by such a spider when he picked up an innocent-looking bunch of bananas. Though it's not venomous, the spider's bite can be quite painful!




Below: A Huntsman Spider. Found April, 2004 in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Not poisonous but really, really scary-looking.




Not terrifying enough for you? Then check out this list of Seven Things You Don't Want to Find While Shopping!

9 Comments:

Anonymous nellie said...

My first thought when I saw the biggie was, "Yeah, right, I bet it's Photo Shopped," but it turns out it's mechanical!!

4:29 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

cool, only i kinda get freaked out by spiders.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Muslim Irregular said...

interesting...

7:50 PM  
Anonymous IDHS (ScarletDevil) said...

The huntsman spider is very interesting, I read about it a few months ago...

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

You WOULD have to post this now, when I'm already lying awake at night, worrying that there's a funnel-web spider in my bed. You have a talent for this sort of thing.

8:42 AM  
Blogger mccincol said...

We have a huge spider that has made it's home outside of my window...it's really effective, it eats a lot...I named it Fiona...

10:37 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Wait a minute, is that giant spider on the skyscraper a robot or is it real? I'm confused...

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Lara said...

my granma lives in liverpool, she told me about the spider thing ages ago.
Thats really cool, though!! i cant remember what building that was...

3:41 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

Wow, that's really cool! But those things people found in their food...... ugh. A HUMAN FINGER?!?!?!? BABY MICE?!?!? eeeeeeeeek...... :(

11:16 AM  

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