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10 Myths About Spiders

        Animals | Arachnids

Spiders get a lot of flack, but much of that is due to a complete and utter misunderstanding of our hairy, eight-legged counterparts. jacek_kadaj/Thinkstock
Spiders get a lot of flack, but much of that is due to a complete and utter misunderstanding of our hairy, eight-legged counterparts. jacek_kadaj/Thinkstock

Spiders are just like you and me. That is, they're largely misunderstood. Maybe it's their eight gangly legs and hairy bodies. Or maybe it's those little fangs that inject venom into their prey. Whatever it is, the sight of a spider tends to give folks the willies. Sure, Peter Parker has repeatedly saved the world on the big screen by channeling his inner arachnid, donning a red and blue spider suit and shooting webs at bad guys, but that doesn't seem to have done much for spider awareness.

The fact is that many of us have our "facts" wrong when it comes to spiders. We assume these creepy crawlers spend their time looking for ways to frighten the daylights, bejesus and living poop out of people. Turns out, they're probably as put off by humans as we are by them. They're not likely to bite a person or crawl into your sleeping mouth and they may even prefer spending their days indoors. Some of them don't even spin webs. Let's look at 10 spider myths that don't hold up to scrutiny, starting with the biggest one of all.