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Do you suffer from arachnophobia? Then you may be female, as 50% of women claim this fear, while only 16% of men will admit to it.
Spiders make me nervous if the creepy-crawly in question is big enough and surprises me. But I also know they eat other insects, so I don't like to squish them dead. I will catch them and put them out of the house instead. (Hey, I'm a poet and didn't know it.) Yet this altruistic bit on my part is not so helpful. Most spiders you find inside are adapted to living there. (Source)
Here's a few other tidbits you might not know about spiders:
1. There are 40,000 different types of known spiders. So how many are left to be discovered? Same number.
2. Tensile strength is the greatest stress a material can take before breaking. A spider's silk has a tensile strength greater than bone and half the strength of steel.
3. The bite of the Brazilian Wandering Spider can cause long and painful erections in guys. (Insert your own joke here.)
4. The Goliath Birdeater can weigh up to 6 ounces.
(Material adapted from Live Sciences's 10 Things You Didn't Know About Spiders
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Have you seen any spider movies? I remember seeing Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo and Arachnophobia when I was a kid. Or is Charlotte's Web more to your liking?
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