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 ๐Ÿ˜

#tdil that there is an old wives tale that says spiders are scared of conkers ๐Ÿค”

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 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.

catch ya tomozza ๐Ÿ˜˜ #tdil


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

(image time! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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