Mother of God, why?
This is spider country. (photo via Sydney Morning Herald)
Next time you complain about overcast weather, just remember that the skies could be darkened by clouds and clouds of horrifying arachnids. Earlier this month "millions and millions" of baby spiders rained from the skies in southern New South Wales, Australia. Ian Watson, a man from the town of Goldbourn, posted a charmingly understated question on the town's Facebook page, "Anyone else experiencing millions of spiders falling from the sky right now?" He also claimed his house looked like it had been "abandoned and taken over by spiders," which means he probably should have abandoned it and let it be taken over by spiders. Don't be a hero, Ian!
The town of Wagga Wagga (which is a hilarious name for a place besieged by sheer terror) in 2012. (photo via Reuters)
The phenomenon is caused by baby spiders migrating via "ballooning" (like at the end of Charlotte's Web) and/or adult spiders tossing up some silk to escape rising flood waters. It is not caused by a vengeful God plaguing Australia for their oil-can-sized beers and incomprehensible slang.
They're so cute when there aren't millions of them. (via BuzzFeed)
If you would like to further terrify yourself, may I suggest some of these:
- How about thousands of spiders pouring out of the ceiling and falling in clumps? No?
- This is a horrifyingly good reason to never kill a spider.
- OMG WTF UGH: 4-acre spiderweb blankets warehouse with millions of spiders in urban nightmare.
- A spider burrowed into this guy's body and lived under his skin for three days.
- A cyclist found a spider on his bike and went in for a closer look. He shouldn't have.
- Terrifying Australian spider survives multiple toilet flushes.
- The creepiest, most fascinating, and funniest spiders on the Web.