today i learned – sat 22nd dec 2018

ever seen an old wives tale and thought, is that actually true? well, this is one of those facts 😏

#tdil that there is an old wives tale that says spiders are scared of conkers πŸ€”

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 πŸ‘πŸ».

if you’re deathly afraid of spiders then this fact probably comes as quite the relief πŸ˜… 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 πŸ˜‚. the kids, who were in years five and six πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ», 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 πŸ™ˆ 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 πŸ™ˆ #awks.

catch ya tomozza 😘 #tdil

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feel a need to get some none-spider goodness in your brain? just take a look ->here<-

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