Viral Video Captures Spiders 'Raining' on Brazil
Man looks up, sees thousands in the sky
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 6:21 PM CST
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(Newser) – How about glancing up and seeing thousands of spiders swaying and dangling in the sky? That's what Erick Reis, 20, witnessed when leaving an engagement party in the Brazilian town of Santo Antonio da Platina—so he shot a video that has since gone viral, the Examiner reports. Turns out the phenomenon is not uncommon, as the Anelosimus eximius spider likes to build webs big enough to fit thousands. Winds sometimes carry the webs and drop them in new locales in a so-called "spider rain." So, despite appearances, it's really the spiders who are scared. (But see where a mysterious swarm of spiders left two dead.)

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Feb 13, 2013 11:34 AM CST
I think I heard "holy crap" in Portuguese several times.
Feb 12, 2013 2:47 PM CST
It sounds like one of those "mysterious" plagues on the Egyptians by "god" in the Bible, though everything has a natural cause this could be scary to the superstitious.
Feb 12, 2013 1:57 PM CST
"Mama, get Real Kill!"