Well, it's October. Time for creepy news! First up is Li Meng, a 25-year-old Chinese woman from Fujian province who went hiking with her boyfriend. She came back with pains and a mysterious "scratching" sound in her ear that kept her up at night. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs failed to ease this noisy pain. After remembering that she had eaten some fruit growing over an ancient burial area (perhaps climbing a tree to do so, depending on the source) on the hike, the somewhat superstitious woman feared she might be host to an "evil spirit." As she told the Central European News agency, "I even went to a temple to pray but it didn’t help.”
Finally, Li went to the Xiamen City Hospital, where ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Chen Zhaoyou discovered that an angry spirit had indeed taken up residence in her ear: a spider. The spider was sitting patiently on her eardrum (hence the scratching noises). It had built a little web inside her ear canal, waiting for some other insect to walk inside Li Meng's ear. But wait, it gets worse!
Initial attempts to remove the arachnid failed, causing the little bugger to freak out and do a painful tap dance in Li Meng's ear. It was only after a sedative syrup was administered into Li's ear canal that the spider calmed down enough to get dragged out with tweezers.* So, the next time you're afraid there's a bug in your ear, just remember: get it drunk first, and it'll probably leave a lot more calmly.