from Emily Bryan . . .
Did you hear about this? It seems a Brazilian Wandering Spider (whose bite is not only deadly but has some curious side effects) was supposedly found hitchhiking in a bunch of bananas in a Tulsa WholeFoods. The stock boy killed it. (My hero! Anything caught indoors with more than 4 legs deserves to die.) Then later a university type said the spider was merely a Huntsman spider, not harmful, and should not have been destroyed. (Killjoy. I really like not sharing my interior spaces with multi-legged beasties.)
And yet, the article went on to say, the deadly variety of spider has a potential gift to give mankind. It seems in Brazil, victims of this spider's bite are easy to recognize in the emergency room. They're the ones sporting a very substantial erection that will last for hours (provided the spider bite doesn't kill them in 25 minutes). So researchers are hopeful that studying the venom will lead to new drugs for erectile dysfunction. (Will they actually find volunteers for that initial human testing?)
So the strawberry in the situation is: The spider bite will kill you, but you'll go out smiling?
This story just sort of pegged out my "weird-stuff-o-meter." What have you seen in the news lately that made you go "Huh?"