Recently, the British media has been in a frenzy (when are they ever not?), over the apparent surge in the UK population of the false widow spider. Several newspapers, particularly the Daily Star have been running stories about the spiders attacking and severely injuring unsuspecting citizens. Typically, people up and down the country are now petrified of this new frontier of deadly arachnids, because quite simply, they're being sold a bunch of striking lies.
Here's what the media has been saying about the false widow spider and with it, the truth;
- "The false widow spiders can kill humans"
- "The false widows have recently landed in the UK"
- "They are extremely venomous"
- "They are engulfing the entire nation"
- "Now the winter is here, the false widows are coming in to our houses"
In honesty, this pandemic really is nothing to worry about. It's just the media's way of selling papers, by preying on an already common fear in arachnophobia. Has anyone noticed that they never report that twelve people are actually killed by bees and wasps every year? That's because people aren't usually fearful of bees. Maybe, when the entire nation recovers from the swine flu we all contracted back in 2009, we can focus on this 'killer' spider problem, that's assuming we're all not wiped out by yet another 'killer' freeze this winter...
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