If you're arachnophobic, don't read this.
Now, we all know that there are Third World ladies and gentlemen who eat spiders. There are people in the far east who make a meal of platefuls of a black spider about the size of a small orange or tangerine. Yes?
No doubt, too, we've all seen films of Native South Americans who go off into the woods and come back with bagfulls of giant tarantulas. The ones about the size of a small football.
Then they roast them over a fire, then yum them all up, don't they?
Well, this isn't about them.
What it's about is something I heard recently. I'm not sure if it's true.
You see, everyone has about 2000 spiders as guests in their house. Most are in the loft or down in the cellar, with some more outside in the garden.
Well, from time to time, by sheer chance, one of these spiders will get into your bed.
And also by chance, sooner or later one will run across your face when you are fast asleep.
Your physiology works in such a way that if something drops on your lips when you are asleep, your reflex action will be to lick it and draw it into your mouth and swallow it.
Which means that each of us will eat approximately eight spiders at night during our lifetime.
I reckon I must have had about five by now.
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