food
Burger Bar Will Serve You a Cooked Tarantula if You Really Must

This is about a burger bar in Durham, which is selling cooked tarantulas as burger toppings for the insane, or for people who really, really need something interesting to put on their social media accounts today. As you might be able to guess, it's a Durham in America, not our lovely historic Durham. Read More >>

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Don’t Bother Trying to Outrun This Creepy Spiderbot That Transforms Into a Rolling Wheel

If the only thing more terrifying to you than a spider is a spider chasing you, you’re not going to want to watch this video of Festo’s latest creation. Using eight reconfigurable legs, the BionicWheelBot can creepily crawl along the ground, but then transform into a wheel and roll at an alarming speed. Someone find me a gigantic rolled up newspaper. Read More >>

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These Hawaiian Stick Spiders Have a Profound Case of Evolutionary Déjà Vu

Environments make species. This was the fundamental biology lesson that was drilled into Charles Darwin when he visited the Galápagos Islands back in 1835, a trip that ultimately inspired his theory of natural selection. Nearly 200 years later, scientists in Hawaii have stumbled upon a fascinating evolutionary quirk that would’ve made Darwin proud—the discovery of spiders that are independently and repeatedly evolving the same characteristics over and over again. Read More >>

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Eighteen Species of Tweezer-Faced, Spider-Slaying Pelican Spiders Discovered in Madagascar

Quick: what has eight legs and a face like a pair of hairy salad tongs? If you’re a spider, you know exactly what I’m describing—a beast, which, at least to smaller spiders, is an otherworldly, eldritch terror: the pelican spider. Now, new research published in the journal ZooKeys details the discovery of a whopping 18 new species of pelican spider from Madagascar. Read More >>

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Conservationists Have Called for Action to Protect Welsh Spiders

Nobody likes spiders, and anyone who says they do is either a god damn liar or probably doesn't know what a spider is. They're creepy as fuck, and they hang around houses acting like they pay rent when the reality is they're dirty freeloaders. Well some of them are endangered, and conservationists want to make sure they get protection. Read More >>

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Experts Trigger Spider Invasion Panic

Experts are throwing the nation into a panic again, this time warning that some sort of mass spider invasion is under way. 150 million of them are coming, they say, as they head into houses to have sex with each other in our fruit bowls. That's why your bananas have brown patches on them in the morning. Read More >>

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Tiny Spider Appears to Have Sailed Across an Entire Ocean

Spiders in the family Migidae don’t get out much. Known as “tree trapdoor spiders,” they are unapologetic homebodies, spending nearly their entire lives chilling in a single burrow. Unlike their close, but much more famous relatives the tarantulas, tree trapdoor spiders are teeny, with most species small enough to fit on a fingernail. Just a few meters away from where they originally hatched, they build silk-lined tubes within the bark of trees and hide inside, waiting for prey to come close enough for an ambush attack. Read More >>

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This Thumbnail-Sized Spider Shoots an 80-Foot-Long Web Bridge to Cross Rivers

If Marvel’s Spider-Man always seemed a little too far-fetched, you’re going to have an even harder time wrapping your head around the Darwin’s Bark spider. It’s no bigger than a thumbnail, but it can shoot a web at distances of over 80 feet, allowing it to cross rivers and spin massive traps. Read More >>

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ASDA Banana Spiders Force House Evacuation

That thing about deadly overseas spiders getting in the bananas and coming over here to panic the nation? It's happened again. It's happened to some poor woman in County Durham who had to get out of the house while Spiderbusters came in and nuked the place. Read More >>

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This New Mexican Cave Spider is Ridiculous

Say hello to Califorctenus cacachilensis, a new species of spider found in a remote mountain region of Baja California Sur. This elusive, softball-sized arachnid prefers the dark and cosy confines of caves, which seems entirely appropriate given its gruesome appearance. Also, we are never going into caves ever again. Read More >>

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Adorable Couple Donates Their £8 Million Insect Collection To Science

Lois and Charles O'Brien are both in their 80s. They met at the University of Arizona in the 1950s, "brought together by insects", according to Charles in an interview with The Guardian. They're big on bugs—enough to have collected more than a million insects, a collection worth $10 million (£8 million), according to Nico Franz, an entomologist at Arizona State University, where the insects are now being kept. Read More >>

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How Deadly Spider Venom Might Save Lives

Funnel web spiders are a perplexing bunch. The eight-legged Australian creatures can kill with their venom, but are simultaneously required for creating the antidote. Now, it turns out their venom might have another purpose—protecting the brain from the damaging effects of a stroke. Read More >>

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The Amount of Food Spiders Eat Each Year Will Haunt You for the Rest of Your Life

Spiders are already horrifying, with their eight beady little eyes and spindly legs and sticky webs. They also probably eat more meat than your mind can wrap your head around — more meat than humans eat, even. Read More >>

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Australian Zoo Wants You to Catch Deadly Venomous Spiders 

You probably already know that Australia has some really terrifying spiders (though apparently they aren’t as dangerous as the bees). One of those eight-legged monsters is the Sydney funnel web spider, a potentially deadly arachnid inhabiting a small semicircle on the eastern Australian coast that includes the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales. Manufacturers rely on spider venom supplied from the park to produce a spider bite antidote. Read More >>

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Unfortunate Australian Man Receives Second Spider Bite to the Penis

An Australian man who'd rather we didn't know his surname has suffered a spider bite to the penis, with the extraordinary revelation that this isn't the first time it's happened. It's as if he's putting his penis near spiders on purpose, wanting it to happen. Read More >>