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Mystery Bug Bite Lands Man in Hospital

Arizona's Thomas Jay describes it as a cross between a spider and a scorpion

(Newser) - It was just another night taking the trash to the curb in Chandler, Arizona, until Thomas Jay suddenly felt a pinch followed by the "most excruciating pain" of his life. He swatted off what looked like "a cross between a scorpion and a spider," per Fox 10... More »

Mom Spots Spider, Jumps Out of Moving Car

While her 9-year-old son was still inside

(Newser) - An Indiana mom found a spider on her shoulder at exactly the wrong time—while she was backing out of her driveway on Friday. Authorities say Angela Kipp of Syracuse jumped out of her Dodge Avenger while it was still in gear ... and her 9-year-old son was in the back... More »

The Next Viagra Could Come From ... Spider Venom

One bite known to cause four-hour erections

(Newser) - One bite from the Brazilian wandering spider can cause loss of muscle control, difficulty breathing, and even death. But, good news! It can also cause four-hour-long erections, and that’s the side effect researchers are excited about. One of the toxins found in the spider’s venom causes priapism, “... More »

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