first of all, can we all just take a second to recognise that it is already almost the end of june?! what the actual futon?! 😱 #timegoestoofast.
anyhew, to business! today’s fact is possibly one to be avoided by anyone who suffers from spider based fears 🕷.
#tdil that there is an old wives tale that says spiders are scared of conkers 🤔 (i also learned the correct spelling of conkers 🙈😂).
just how does this old wives tale go? well, it’s pretty much what it says on the tin: apparently spiders are scared of conkers and therefore won’t go near them – story goes that it must be something to do with chemicals that the conkers put out … that said, no one really knows why.
anyway, due to this spider-conker based fear, folklore says that you should put them near your doors or on window ledges to stop those pesky arachnids from entering your home 👍🏻.
if i’m honest, i don’t find spiders all that annoying … i mean, all they do is pitch up in a corner and eat flies. it’s not like they’re eating all of the food and taking up lots of space 🙃.
that said, if you’re deathly afraid of spiders then this fact probably comes as quite the relief 😅 unfortunately, i’m about to cruelly take it away from you 😳 #sozza – turns out that it isn’t true …
even worse, it was proven to be not true by a class of primary school children 😂. the kids, who were in years five and six 👧🏻👦🏻, took up the challenge to prove the wives tale wrong after the royal society of chemistry (rsc) started a nationwide competition to finally prove or disprove the myth once and for all.
they may have just been young whipper snappers, but their tests were pretty darn watertight (not the term i wanted to use but brain forgot how to brain). firstly, the kids put a number of different spiders in two tubs (individually), one tub had lots of conkers in it and the other stones.
their test found that the spiders just weren’t fussed about the conkers at all 🙈 like, they were just chillin’ – a number of them even climbed on the conkers. damning the myth even further, they then put the spiders in a water tank (not filled 😳) with the option of escaping via either a conker bridge or a stone bridge … most chose the conker bridge 🙈 #awks.
so yeah, i kind of dangled that one in front of you and then took it away … at least the kids won £300? 💰🙌🏻. for those of you who don’t enjoy spiders, i guess you’ll just have to take piece of mind in knowing that … erm … all those spiders you eat whilst asleep give you extra protein 💪.
on that rather mean note, i think it’s actually time for me to sleep 😴.
catch ya tomozza 😘 #tdil
worried about sleeping now because you might eat a spider? 🕷 no bother, just go –>here<– and read some more useless gubbins 😀
(strangely, there are no free-to-use images of spiders and conkers … so instead i’ve gone with the one i’ve gone with. it helps that i actually find him/her pretty cute 🙊 just look at those eyes! license is –>here<–)