today i learned – weds 28th june 2017

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?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #timegoestoofast.

anyhew, to business! todayโ€™s fact is possibly one to be avoided by anyone who suffers from spider based fears ๐Ÿ•ท.

#tdil that there is an old wives tale that says spiders are scared of conkers ๐Ÿค” (i also learned the correct spelling of conkers ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚).

just how does this old wives tale go? well, itโ€™s pretty much what it says on the tin: apparently spiders are scared of conkers and therefore wonโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป.

if iโ€™m honest, i donโ€™t find spiders all that annoying … i mean, all they do is pitch up in a corner and eat flies. itโ€™s not like theyโ€™re eating all of the food and taking up lots of space ๐Ÿ™ƒ.

that said, if youโ€™re deathly afraid of spiders then this fact probably comes as quite the relief ๐Ÿ˜… unfortunately, iโ€™m about to cruelly take it away from you ๐Ÿ˜ณ #sozza – turns out that it isnโ€™t true …

even worse, it was proven to be not true by a class of primary school children ๐Ÿ˜‚. the kids, who were in years five and six ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป, 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 werenโ€™t fussed about the conkers at all ๐Ÿ™ˆ like, they were just chillinโ€™ – 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 ๐Ÿ˜ณ) with the option of escaping via either a conker bridge or a stone bridge … most chose the conker bridge ๐Ÿ™ˆ #awks.

so yeah, i kind of dangled that one in front of you and then took it away … at least the kids won ยฃ300? ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. for those of you who donโ€™t enjoy spiders, i guess youโ€™ll just have to take piece of mind in knowing that … erm … all those spiders you eat whilst asleep give you extra protein ๐Ÿ’ช.

on that rather mean note, i think itโ€™s actually time for me to sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด.

catch ya tomozza ๐Ÿ˜˜ #tdil

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worried about sleeping now because you might eat a spider? ๐Ÿ•ท no bother, just go –>here<– and read some more useless gubbins ๐Ÿ˜€

(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 ๐Ÿ™Š just look at those eyes! license is –>here<–)

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