Friday, March 20, 2009

Beware the Spider . . .

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Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.

We don't know what kind of spider spooked Miss Muffet but it probably wasn't a Brazilian Wandering Spider.

Banana's are good for you but don't eat the spider.

A Brazilian Wandering Spider was found on a stalk of banana's at Whole Foods in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fortunately a worker spotted the spider and trapped it before it could do any harm.
The spider was given to University of Tulsa Animal Facilities director Terry Childs who said this type of spider kills more people than any other.

Childs said a bite will kill a person in about 25 minutes and while there is an antidote he doesn't know of any in the Tulsa area.

Most bite related trips to the Emergency Room in the U.S. are for dog bites, but they also get their share of insect bites.
Oddly, the Brazilian spider delivers more than a painful bite that sends most victims to the hospital. Researchers have found its venom also stimulates an hours-long erection in men.

Patients not only experience overall pain and an increase in blood pressure, they also sport an uncomfortable erection.

Good to know . . . if I am ever in Brazil . . .
In Brazil, emergency room staff can immediately spot the victims of a bite.

Just a wag, but it is probably easier to spot the bite on male patients.

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