Pop Rocks: Deadly Spider Bananas Go Viral, Haunt My Dreams
Since the dawn of the Internet, certain stories were tailor-made for the online world. They combined some odd mix of cute, odd, scary, funny, weird, ironic and/or nerdy. These are the sorts of stories that used to be relegated to the "News of the Weird" sections of print publications or, more obscurely, urban legends passed around by teenagers and college kids. Now, they proliferate throughout the web and go viral, sometimes rapidly.
They also love bananas.
Case in point this story about a British woman who found some of the most deadly spiders in the world on bananas she bought at the grocery store. Tiny, baby spiders leapt off her fresh bananas and began careening around her kitchen. After showing the picture of them to an expert, it turns out they are the most toxic spiders in the world.
This is fantastic. Now, I'm afraid to throw away the moldy bananas on my counter or, you know, EVER BuY BANANAS AGAIN!
It's wonderful that the Internet informs us in such a way to make us smarter, but it also reveals some scary stuff that I don't really ever want to know. It's a tradeoff, the likes of which no one of the pre-digital era ever faced unless they kept their noses buried in the Guinness Book of World Records and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Even then, you mostly didn't have to see photos of the most terrifying animals on the planet , but you also would never learn the inspiring story of the families who built a monument to plane crash victims you can see from orbit.
So, for every story of deadly spiders invading your house via produce, there is the story of lions who remember the people who saved them and literally millions of pictures of cute cats, dogs and now giraffes.
It is the miracle of the Internet or maybe the horror. I guess it really depends on your perspective. But, what makes this particular story so compelling is the combination of terrors.