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eaglesight
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Legend becomes fact: A few mornings ago I woke up with a stuffy nose. No big surprise since we haven't turned the heat on, just put the space heater in the girls' room. So I tried to sort of give a blast of air to clear my nose up. To my surprise the nostril that felt really plugged was clear. It felt like I had a big dried-up glob stuck to the side of it. I was kind of messing with my nose and giving more air blasts to try and figure it out, and I felt what seemed to be a slow drip feeling. Since I didn't have a tissue handy, I put my finger at the end of the nostril to keep stuff from running all over my face and a SPIDER crawled out onto my finger. The "slow trickling" feeling was actually the spider crawling. I think the spider was trying to find a warm spot away from the cool of the bedroom.

I know better than to think that any eggs were laid or anything. Just weird. This site is the first place I ever heard tell of that legend so when this happened I immediately thought that I had to post about it here.

Has this or something similar happened to anyone else?

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Paul Unwin, Ringworld Technician
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/me faints dead away.
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[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

I am SO not going to go to sleep tonight!

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malarial-moruti
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My students always ask why my pinkie fingernails are so long. I tell them it's because I use them to pick my nose for those "really hard to get at ones." You just gave me another reason to have my pinky nails long.

mo"that was Soooooo TMI" ruti [fish]

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Hawk-ccipatal bone
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Ewwwwwwww! I have never heard of something like that, but again, I must say Ewwwwwww! [Eek!]

Thank heavens you're ok.

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Jay Tea
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I was sleeping in a tent in a field in South Wales (ask me not why) and awoke feeling somewhat itchy, then somewhat nibbled.
I leaped out of my sleeping bag and studied my naked form - upon my body clambered about 25-30 identical spiders about 2cm across and chunky, and the bastards were biting me! Fellow campers must have thought they were being treated to a Naked Irish whirlygig as I flailed and thrashed the buggers away! [Big Grin]

This however pales in comparison with two friends tales of their more exotic travels.

Mate one awoke in a beach hut in Thailand, and found his scalp irritated by a hand-sized wolf spider which was covered in babies - this mate is an arachnaphobe and they found him about 4 miles away scrubbing himself with Thai whisky.

Mate two awoke from a top bunk in South American Amazon jungle and immediately crushed a spider as big as a dinner plate with his bare foot - it sank it's 2cm fangs into the base of his foot which swelled to an enormous size (he has pictures) - fortunately the spider was not overly venomous, the locals told him had it been a nastier local spider that would have been the end of him as they had no anti-venin!

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Morpheus's Nightmare
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I can't match the sheer horror of that, but this is pretty schtoopid

My brother has a slight fear of spiders after one ran across his face one night.
anyway, one day he found a bigish spider (In the UK this is a small spider really) on the net curtains of his room. Now our mum is slightly house proud and these net curtains are hand made german jobbies and they match throughout the house. So instead of capturing it or squashing it like a normal person, he got his deoderant and a light and proceeded to use these as a flamethrower "just so it wouldn't run off" . The spider (poor thing) was frazzled, and the net curtains went up as well and he spent the next month earning enough money to pay for a replacement!

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Jay Tea
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Heh, nice one Morpheus!

Your brother could have taken great steps to overcome his fear by rustling up a steel nerve, reaching out and grabbing the offending spider and releasing it into the garden or what have you.
I have taken this tack with a few phobics in my time, to the point that within a few weeks they can happily gather up those hairy 5 inchers that scuttle across our floors and ceilings at this time of year.

However.

One student of the Jay Tea method wasn’t so lucky – she gathered the small spider and I instructed her to open her hand slowly and watch the timid wee fellow jump off and scuttle to freedom, thankful for it’s life being spared and eager to catch many dirty flies as means of recompense (you can see my psychology here [Wink] ) Trouble was, the little sod shot straight up her arm, under the sleeve and made a bee-line to the armpit – the shrieking was terrible and the spider was mushed. Apparently they expect her to make a full recovery anytime soon! [Wink]

(Actually she was fine, if flustered, and the killing of the spider with her armpit made her realise that anything she could kill with such a part of her anatomy did not have any right to instill fear. She is now fully functional around spiders)

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Syllavus
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea-Cell:
Mate one awoke in a beach hut in Thailand, and found his scalp irritated by a hand-sized wolf spider which was covered in babies - this mate is an arachnaphobe and they found him about 4 miles away scrubbing himself with Thai whisky.

Mate two awoke from a top bunk in South American Amazon jungle and immediately crushed a spider as big as a dinner plate with his bare foot - it sank it's 2cm fangs into the base of his foot which swelled to an enormous size (he has pictures) - fortunately the spider was not overly venomous, the locals told him had it been a nastier local spider that would have been the end of him as they had no anti-venin!

EGADS! It's stories like this that make me glad I live in temperate New England! I mean, I'm no arachnophobe, I actually scoop spiders outside if I find them in the house, but GIANT ones? With fangs? [Eek!]

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jane d'oh
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Hey eaglesight, I have a similar story..

I awoke late one night to a sound like water draining from my ear, a light scratching. It was really itchy, so I went into the bathroom to remove the "water" from my ear. When I removed the cotton swab from my ear, the offending water (which was really a carpenter ant) ran down the side of my face. [Eek!] Of course, then my husband's ears hurt, from the screeeeaaammm!

I think I slept with cotton balls in my ears for 18 months after that... And to this day, whenever my ears feel stuffy I see that carpenter ant running away from the confines of my ear!!

Jane "and where did that sawdust come from?" D'Oh

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Enjal
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Oh man, my nose (and gag reflex for that matter) is tickling just thinking about it. Blech!

I can relate to jane d'oh's story, but not nearly as bad. After building a new camp we were surrounded by carpenter ants. Thinking we had the problem under control, all were sleeping soundly but I woke up to an icky sight. About a dozen of the buggers were walking up my arm. Needless to say, I woke up the rest of the family that morning.

Morutistopheles, you crack me up. My aunt (rest her soul) did the same thing and had the same story. [lol] What a riot!

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anue
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Good (or bad?) stories, everyone.

This summer I was camping out in North Carolina and I was completely in my sleeping bag because it was about 40 degrees outside. I wake up and my left hand itches like crazy. Before taking it out (only my nose is sticking out of the sleeping bag, and I know that I don't want to numb any more of my body!) I scratch it and scratch it and.. feel some lumps. "Mosquito," I think to myself. I want to look at it closer and I see not one, not three, but 120 spider bites on my left hand, all on the top of my hand and the top of my fingers. All 120 of those dots itch like crazy.

Apparently, a tiny little demon had gotten in my sleeping bag, made a home there while I was hiking, and got disturbed when my hand was near his entrance place at night. He proceeded to bite what he could see.. 120 times.

Let's just say that it itched. A lot. I wore gloves for the next week.

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kelliehyphen
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I hate you. I hate you all.

- Scarlett "Scared Stiff Of Awful Arachnids" O'Hara

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Double Latte
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A good friend of mine told me her MIL went to the doctor because she thought she was losing her hearing in one ear. . .

You guessed it: Spider had coccooned itself up deep in her ear canal, beyond the reach of a Q-tip!

Fortunately, the doctor was able to see it outlined against the eardrum through a proper scope, and V-E-R-Y carefully pull it out. ICK!

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dagwood
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Ewww, you guys. Just ewwwwww.

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LittleDuck
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I am very much afraid of spiders of all sizes (my father is too and I think I "inherited" the fear from him, as he is afraid of almost nothing but spiders make him act like a little girl). Anyway, yesterday morning my partner was due to fly to an out of town conference. Her flight was fairly early in the morning and given the extra time needed at airports and the fact I was only driving her to the airport shuttle bus station, I stayed up all night (I never can sleep the night before she goes out of town). Anyway, she finally lay down around 4am to egt an hour's sleep and I was beside her. All the lights were off in the room except the computer screen saver and the TV, which I was watching. Well, this HUGE (to me...it was about 3 inches including legs and kind of skinny) spider dropped down from the ceiling, right above my chest. I didn't want to wake her up so I stifled a scream and swatted it away from me (second instinct after scream was to get it the hell away). The thing crawled across her and between the bed and the wall somewhere. I tried to forget about it. Later in the day, another spider (a bit smaller) came down from the same area. This one I smushed with a tissue. The final, most ironic thing happened late late last night. We have a huge collection of DVDs, most have never been watched so I decided to catch up on some while she is gone. I shouldn't have chosen "Spider-Man." Halfway through the movie (as I sat with the lights out) the big spider from earlier in the day came back. That time, though, I got him. And today I sealed any potential entry points for spiders in that area of the room. Weird.

Little "glad I didn't watch 'The Exorcist'" Duck

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Vivling
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Oh this thread is awful. Awful, awful, awful. I'm scratching at my ears, scalp and nose just thinking about it.

Here's my nasty insect tale: two summers ago I was staying at a friend's beach cottage in Ontario on Lake Huron. There are mosquitos out there like you wouldn't believe . . . coming from a city on the West Coast I was good and freaked. I woke up suddenly one night with an awful buzzing in my ear and swatted at my head for a little bit before realized it was IN MY HEAD! Well, my ear that is.

After a horrible amount of shrill, teenage girl screaming on the part of me and my friend, and batting at my ear, her dad had to drive us into London to an ER so that they could get it out.

lil "I still cover my ears when I hear a buzzing sound while I'm in bed" orphan

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Jay Tea
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>Warning!!<

This is pretty disgusting……

My Old Man told me this one from his days in desert rescue. In North Africa it was a well known drill to check any nook and cranny for creepies before stuffing a body part into the waiting area, I myself have been tagged by a scorpion in the shoe so I know the value of this advice, but it seems little can prepare you for the dangers of what happens when you sleep.

Sleeping off a late stag shift, my old man awoke to find an irritant blocking his sinuses – thinking it was the usual combination of sand, fines and mucus that builds up in dusty areas he prepared to deliver the coup de grace – one finger over one nostril and a hearty blast of air to clear the passages – no joy, and the irritation increased – gathering attention in the mess area, he then tried the opposite tactic, sucking up the blockage to clear via the mouth…

…with snorting and glurking, the blockage was free and immediately flobbed out onto the floor for inspection – the mucus was joined by vomit as soon as inspection revealed about 2 dozen spiderlings and an empty egg sack – my Dad fears he may have swallowed the mother! [Eek!]

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aaaaahhhhck!

I'd have to insist on a stiff shot to wash that down!

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Toxic Pornstar
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A friend of mine said that she'd heard a story of a girl who had a pregant spider in her ear. Not knowing about it the spider gave birth and killed her by getting into her brain [Confused]

I think she made it up, how would it get through the skull??

I had a bug crawl up my nose once, never gone to sleep on the grass again...

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Karmachic
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I know this thread is killing me!!!!!!! I am itchy all over and i currently have 2 spider bites on me that are getting more itchy. I hate spiders so so much!!
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Thera
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I have never regretted reading a thread as much as I do right now.
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Kimberly Blue
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Not a spider...but just the other day, some kind of wasp or something climbed up the leg of my jeans at work and stung me about 17 times before I got it out.

"Kim, are you ok?"
"I think there's something in my pants with me."

It'll be funny as soon as it stops itching and burning.

Kimberly "Buzzzzzzzz" Blue

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