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14 Nov 2006 06:20 PST
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What is the average number of spiders a human eats per year while sleeping?
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From: bowler-ga on 14 Nov 2006 09:57 PST
There are many other websites that corroborate what Tutuzdad-ga has posted: ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=eat+spiders+sleep
From: myoarin-ga on 14 Nov 2006 12:26 PST
Just to assume the myths are correct - despite the conflicting figures - Tutuzdad's link provides a couple of choices of per year averages: Let's assume an 80 year lifetime: 4 per year; one every four years (we can discard the possibility of eating 1/4 spider each year); 250 per year to consume the 20,000 estimated to make one pound of spiders. That is about one a weekday night, which would seem adequate to keep down the spider population in the bedroom - two a night if one has a partner, we are talking about averages for worldwide human consumption of spiders. Let's see: 6 billion persons x 250 spiders ... Hmmm, the WWF should maybe put all spiders on its endangered species list. There are, of course, larger spiders - nice big juicy ones - but eating them in one's sleep would seem even more unlikely and a rather senseless way to forego enjoying such delicacies - don't you agree?
From: steph53-ga on 15 Nov 2006 15:26 PST
My cat, Albert, would eat the spider before it got near me. Steph53
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