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The 1990 cinematic triumph “Arachnophobia” is becoming a reality.

As if we didn’t have enough horror in the world, scientists have to show up and give us the very upsetting news that global warming is causing spiders to become faster, larger and more numerous. With warmer climate, spiders become more limber, breed more… READ MORE »


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Convinced I still have some PTSD from what I call “ArachNOPEphobia 2014,” a.k.a. the massive spider infestation in my room this summer, imagine my anxiety to learn that there are puppy-sized spiders in the world. Yes, I said puppy-sized.

A scientist named Piotr Naskrecki was recently taking a nighttime stroll through the Guyana… READ MORE »


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With Halloween approaching, The Frisky ladies have been trying to figure out what Amelia’s dog Lucca should wear this year — and then we saw this. Sylwester Wardega of Poland decided to dress up his dog as a giant spider, complete with furry, dangling legs, and scare the crap out of random, unsuspecting strangers. The prankster… READ MORE »


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UPDATE, 7/13, 5p.m.:  THANK GOD, this was only a hoax! [New York Post]

Brooklyn is on the hunt for Penelope, a pregnant Mexican Red Rump tarantula, who is apparently someone’s beloved pet. She escaped from her owner’s home, and flyers have turned up in the neighborhood with this plea for help:
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I am known for being cool, calm and collected under duress. But that all goes out the window when duress involves a spider. Especially a big spiders. Growing up, sometimes you’d open a closet and there’d be a big one with long hairy legs staring right back at you. So I have to say these… READ MORE »


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Somewhere in a lab far, far away, scientists fed spiders flies injected with LSD, mescaline, hashish, and caffeine. These are their webs. [ICNT4GIVE] … READ MORE »


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Scientists in Austria are looking to torture study little girls who are afraid of spiders by examining their brainwaves as they’re shown photographs of the arachnids. The University of Granz is looking for girls ages 8 through 13 for the study and hope their results will find a cure for phobias. It seems to me… READ MORE »


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Turkish hosiery brand VOG just launched an e-commerce site and apparently decided to celebrate by turning women into spiders. We don’t hate those pink tights, but we’re also not ready to sign on for extra appendages in order to wear more of them, either. [Copyranter] … READ MORE »


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Not everyone enjoys dressing in costume for Halloween, but that doesn’t you need to be a total Debbie Downer and wear your normal clothes on Saturday, either. Jewelry of the spider, bat, or vampire varieties is the easiest way to acknowledge it’s Oct. 31 without donning a full-on costume.

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Scared of spiders? Me, too. A study by David Rakison, a developmental psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University, suggests us females might actually be genetically predisposed to fear creepy-crawlies and dangerous animals. He showed 10 baby girls and boys pictures of spiders and found that the girls associated fear with spiders more quickly than boys did. READ MORE »


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Sure, dressing up for Halloween is fun and all, but buying a costume that you’ll wear for one night seems like a waste of money. We suggest you put together an ensemble from your own closet, then splurge on a little piece of jewelry that invokes that spirit of the season but can be worn… READ MORE »


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Thousands of German policewomen have received “bulletproof bras.” Basically, they’re just bras that say “Polizei” (police) and don’t have metal parts, which could impale the wearer if hit by a bullet. [Reuters]

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Ever had sex with a guy who just lies there? Well, it’s booooorrrrrrring! Who wants a lazy lover? Well, actually, female spiders do. According to researchers at the University of Aaarhus in Denmark, arachnid females are sorta natural necrophiliacs. Technically, if their male suitor just plays dead, they are twice as likely to get laid… READ MORE »


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Male spiders who play dead double their chances of getting lucky, according to a study in Behavioral Ecology. The spiders studied all tried attracting partners by offering food held in their mouths, but the ones who laid flat and motionless were in a better position for sex, literally. This is the first time researchers have… READ MORE »