While filming 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017), Michael Keaton would whisper 'I'm Batman' to Tom Holland during fight scenes. "We have a fight in the movie and I punch him. He turns around and says [in a deep voice], β€˜I’m Batman.’ He kept doing Batman quotes on set” Holland said. batman-news.com/2017/01/1…
Robert Downey Jr. was paid $10M for only 8 minutes of screen time in β€˜Spider-Man: Homecoming’. He got paid over $1 million per minute he's in the movie. syfy.com/syfywire/report-…
A concerned person walked by a house and heard a man shouting "why won't you die?" with a child screaming inside. The police were called. This triggered a full police response. It turned out he was trying to kill a spider. theguardian.com/environme…
Scientists managed to mix goats with spider silk genes and now they can produce spider silk in their milk. bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
In the late 1990's Michael Jackson nearly bought Marvel Comics so he could star as Spider-Man in the first movie. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee were going to buy the company together. When the deal fell through, he also attempted to play Professor X in the first X-Men movie cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned of the Japanese spider crab. They have the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 12.1 feet from claw to claw, and can weigh up to 42 pounds. It is reported to have a gentle disposition despite its ferocious appearance. wikipedia.org/wiki/Japane…
Some male Black Widow spiders have discovered a way to mate with juvenile females by using their fangs to β€œunseal” the genitals. This protects the male from being cannibalized. api.nationalgeographic.co…
James Cameron was originally hired to write the first Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star. In his script, Spider-Man accidentally kills a child, calls Electro a "motherfucker", and binds Mary Jane to the Brooklyn Bridge with his webs, before having sex with her. screenrant.com/spider-man…
"daddy longlegs" are actually NOT the most venomous spider on earth. In fact they are neither venomous nor spiders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opi…
A German company developed a pane glass for windows that replicates the way birds see spiders' webs so they will avoid flying into them, thus greatly reducing the high avian death rate caused by collision with building windows phys.org/news/2010-08-bir…
Spider-man received a Japanese live-action adaption in 1978, in which he piloted a giant robot. This use of giant robots subsequently became its own franchise, which, in turn, is adapted back in the US as Power Rangers ign.com/articles/2018/08/…
Spider-Man's trademark web-swinging technique in "The Amazing Spider-Man" was done using practical effects instead of the cgi used in the previous films. They built a giant rig that allowed a stuntman to swing from a thin cable attached to a winch over and through the real streets of NYC. ew.com/article/2012/07/04…
"mother spiders let their young eat them. Though they die in the process, this sacrifice is not suicide, but rather an extreme act of parental care. The mother spiders provide their own bodies as a vital first nutritious meal that ensures their offspring's survival." bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Daddy long legs are not the most venomous spider and actually belong to the order of opiliones. Although they are arachnids they are more closely related to scorpions then spiders and do not have any venemous glands sciencedirect.com/topics/…
The mites that live on your face are related to ticks and spiders. They eat the oil from your skin, hide in your pores, have sex on your face while you sleep, and can tell researchers where your ancestors came from. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Spiders do not sleep, instead they lower their metabolic rate during periods of inactivity to conserve energy. Nor do they blink. tepapa.govt.nz/discover-c…
Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders at University of Wyoming. These goats had a gene transplanted in them. The transplanted gene meant the goats produced milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
Contrary to popular belief not a single death due to a bite from a Black Widow spider has been reported in the US since 1983, and the cannibalism frequently attributed to these spider is actually rare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
The most expensive marketing campaign ever done for a film was for Spider-Man: Far from Home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The oldest known spider lived for 43 years (1974-2016), and did not die of old age, but was instead killed by a parasitic wasp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
The worst record in MLB history belongs to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, for losses (134) and winning percentage (.130). They were so bad that opponents refused to visit their park, forcing Cleveland to play 112 of 154 games on the road, leading to an impossible-to-break record of 101 road losses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/189…
A study was performed testing the survivability of Spiders when sucked up by vacuum cleaners scielo.br/scielo.php?scri…
Sony reportedly fired Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and nearly replaced him with Jake Gyllenhaal because they suspected Tobey of faking an injury to negotiate bigger pay. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
In 2015 two new species of Peacock spiders were discovered named Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus. Skeletorus has white markings on a black background that looks like a skeleton, and Sparklemuffin is a vibrant red and blue. Both are known for their flashy mating dances. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In Toy Story 4 instead of creating all of the individual cobwebs by hand, Pixer created AI spiders that were programmed to spin the webs wherever the cobwebs needed to be. kottke.org/19/09/pixars-a…
Two men led a team of 80 people to collect over 1.2 million golden orb spiders, milk them for their silk, and create the rarest textile on earth: a golden silk cape mymodernmet.com/simon-pee…
Two species of African spider are named after the film and main character of the Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges): Anelosimus biglebowski and Anelosimus dude en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
β€œthe ancient Greeks used spider web clusters to stop bleeding in soldiers. They combined honey and vinegar to clean out the wounds. Then a wad of spider webs would be placed on top and held until the bleeding reduced.” interestingengineering.co…
Most "spider bites" may actually be misdiagnosed MRSA infections sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Among those on the design team for lower Manhattan's innovative 2015 merry-go-round was a stage designer who worked on some LaScala operas, the Sochi Olympics, & Broadway's "Spider Man." The SeaGlass Carousel has no center pole and the 30 giant fish that kids ride have color-changing lighting. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
It rains spiders in Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
There's a spider that can bridge lines over a river spanning up to 25 metres (82 ft). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Tom Holland, who played the eponymous character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, actually attended The Bronx High School of Science, which Peter Parker's school was based on, for a few days to prepare for his role as Spider-Man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Hummingbirds, due to their size, are preyed upon by a number of unusual animals, including spiders and praying mantis. hummingbirdsociety.org/pr…
Nobody's done the intricate calculations to find the average distance between a human and a spider. burkemuseum.org/collectio…
Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient times. bestlifeonline.com/weird-…
The director of the 1969 "Spider-Man" movie shot the wall-climbing scenes by turning the camera sideways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
There is a beetle and a spider named after Leonardo DiCaprio to acknowledge his work in promoting environmental awareness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The concept for Spider-Man's black costume came from a fan named Randy Schueller, who was paid $220 in 1982 for the idea by then-Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. Schueller conceived a black stealth version with a dark red spider chest emblem made by Reed Richards with unstable molecules. screencrush.com/venom-cre…
Mud or β€œdirt” daubers are harmless wasps that rarely attack humans, females prey on spiders to feed their young sometimes fitting up to 25 in a single cell, and when their larvae reach maturity the new adult burrows their way out. Blue dirt daubers prefer black widows. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
'Tarantula' is derived from the name of the Italian town Taranto, home of the dance called the tarentella. During the Middle Ages the tarentella was thought to be the way to cure the bite of a particular spider. The symptoms included exhibitionism, melancholia and delirium. australian.museum/learn/a…
Wealthier urban and suburban neighborhoods are associated with larger and more fertile spiders due to the higher quality of food and green spaces. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
There is a spider species, Bagheera kiplingi, that is mostly herbivorous, even actively avoiding confrontation with other insects while foraging for food. They sometimes rarely steal ant larvae or cannibalize during dry season, when the plant they prefer would be unavailable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
No one has died from a spider bite in Australia since 1979 australianmuseum.net.au/l…
In 2007, a group of researchers tried treating Arachnophobia without the use of any spiders, but by showing arachnophobes images with spider-like features. After the treatment, some test subjects were comfortable petting a tarantula in a terrarium. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
South Carolina is the only state with an official spider- The Carolina Wolf Spider southcarolinaparks.com/se…
For decades, cartographers have made secret illustrations on Switzerland’s official topographical maps such as a spider, a naked woman, and a marmot, eluding the Swiss Federal Office of Topography for years before removal. The naked woman reclined for nearly 60 yrs in the municipality of Egg. eyeondesign.aiga.org/for-…
Some spiders are considered a constitution of our atmosphere expandedenvironment.org/c…
A fossil of a spider with an erection exists nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In the 1990s, an issue of the popular The Amazing Spider-Man that sold around 70,000 would be considered a failure. These days, what counts as a successful superhero book is anything that can sell a regular 40-60,000 copies. Most sell quite a bit less. theatlantic.com/entertain…
In the 1975 film, The Giant Spider Invasion, β€œTo motivate the screenwriter, who was told to write 10 to 15 pages a day, Rebane (the director/producer )locked him in a cabin and told him to finish the daily task or he would not be fed.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The famous Spider-Man quote "With great power comes great responsibility" is NOT said by Uncle Ben, but originally appears in a narrative caption of the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
That spiders can regrow limbs assuming they have at least one molt cycle left in their life time. The limb starts smaller then its other limbs but can grow bigger, until normal size, after each molt. This can however come at a cost of the overall size of the spider. nrcresearchpress.com/doi/…
There is a spider called Dolophones conifera, known as the "wrap-around spider". So called due to it's ability to flatten themselves perfectly for camouflage around the surface of a branch. australiangeographic.com.…
Horseshoe crab has 10 eyes. Some detect both visible & UV light and some help find mates during the spawning season.. The eyes are a million times more sensitive to light at night than day. They've been around for 450 million years, are not crabs actually and more related to spiders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Military scientists belive spider silk can be used to make body armor. businessinsider.com/milit…
The idea we eat 8 spiders in our sleep each year being a myth created by Lisa Birgit Holst (anagram of this is a big troll) of PC Professional magazine as a show of myth spreading ease is itself a myth as neither the writer nor the issue in question ever existed historymatters.group.shef…
There's a kind of beetle named after Stephen Colbert. Colbert had previously asked scientists to name something "cooler than a spider" after him. The scientist that discovered the beetle then named it after Colbert, because "beetles are way cooler than a spider any day". expertsure.com/2009/05/07…
N95 masks work like spider webs by using inter-molecular forces and electrostatic attraction to stick particles to the fibers. youtube.com/watch?v=eAdan…
Spiders don't have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders' legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Spiders can use Earth Electric Field to fly "hundreds of miles"; Spiders have been found 2.5 miles up in the air, and 1,000 miles out in the sea. theatlantic.com/science/a…
A house in Kansas had over 2,000 brown recluse spiders removed without a single bite, leading researchers to conclude that bites were unlikely unless humans come in skin contact with the recluse. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
In 1998 Sony had the chance to buy the rights to almost every Marvel character for 25 million. They opted to only buy the rights to Spider-Man for just 7 million, stating, "Nobody gives a shit about the other Marvel characters." cinemablend.com/news/2312…
The story of how the Daddy Long Legs is one of the most venomous spiders in the world, but that it lacks big enough fangs to bite is false three times. It’s fangs are as long as a recluse, they lack venom, and they are Harvestmen, not even spiders. backyardnature.net/longle…
In 1995 NASA updated an original study by Peter N Witt on the effects of various drugs on spiders and found similar results. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
The bite of a Brazilian Wandering Spider can cause a long lasting, painful erection in Humans. webmd.com/erectile-dysfun…
There is a species of velvet spider where the mothers liquefy their internal organs to regurgitate for their spiderlings to eat. Once the mother is no longer able to regurgitate, the young eat her. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The bite of the Brazilian Wandering Spider can cause priapism (a long lasting and often painful erection) in men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Despite having a reputation for deadly wildlife there has only been one confirmed death by spider bite in Australia since 1979 telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
Spiders can fly through still air for miles using earth's electric fields. The process is initiated by "Trichobothria", a particular kind of hair growing amidst many others on spider's bodies. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
Hummingbirds use spider silk to build nests. The unique properties of the silk allow the nest to expand as the young hummingbirds grow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
There's a spider in Malaysia scientifically named after Bowie, the "Heteropoda davidbowie". nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The Hobo spider probably utilized trains to colonize the Danish artificial island of Peberholm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
A Norman army of 500 men abandoned their encampment due to being "tormented by tarantula spiders" penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
Spiders can sense electrical currents in the air and use them to launch themselves upward, traveling up to hundreds of miles. Occasionally a β€œmass ballooning” occurs, where so many spiders descend from the sky it looks like snow nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Bolas spiders are able to mimic the pheromones produced by insects like the cecropia moth. Male moths then follow the scent of the pheromones and end up becoming the spider’s next meal. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
Nicolas Cage is the first actor to play both Superman (Teen Titans Go! to the movies) and Spider-Man (Into the Spiderverse), both in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned of Arachne, a master weaver who challenged and beat Athena in a weaving competition, only to be turned into the first spider by Athena herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
A single species of spiders reproduces by a process known as β€œtraumatic insemination”, in which the male sedates the female and proceeds to pierce her abdomen with one of its two penises to directly deposit sperm on its ovaries. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
An unknown species of spider constructs Stonehenge-like structures out of silk nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about the Tarantula Hawk, A Spider Wasp That Preys on Tarantulas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The world’s oldest spider lived to be 43 before a wasp’s sting did her in wtkr.com/2018/04/30/the-w…
Stan Lee, had a contract awarding him 10% of the net profits of anything based on his characters. The film Spider-Man (2002) made more than $800 million, but the producers claim that it did not make any profit as defined in Lee's contract en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Some spiders engage in oral sex en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Some spiders create beautiful patterns in their webs of spirals, disc shapes or vertical lines; although there are several theories it’s not certain why they do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web…
Chimney Swifts are among the most aerial and high-flying of all birds. These birds eat, drink, mate, and even sleep on the wing, but they alight to raise young.Their diet is mostly aerial plankton consisting of minute insects and newborn spiders. Pilots have reported seeing them at 7300 ft high. abcbirds.org/bird/chimney…
In the 1931 movie Dracula, the studio had to censor the groaning of the Count after he is killed and the screams of Renfield as he dies. Other scenes that were censored overseas included the bug coming out of the coffin, Dracula’s brides, and Renfield’s pleas to eat spiders and bugs. screenrant.com/dracula-be…
In 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' the camera is animated at 24 fps but all characters except for the Spider-Men are animated at 12 fps. Miles Morales starts at 12 fps but becomes 24 fps throughout the movie as he learns to become Spider-Man youtube.com/watch?v=5PiYG…
Today I learned about the crab spider which can change colour to match the flower it waits on to ambush its prey. uksafari.com/crabspider.h…
Hummingbirds use spider silk when making their nests. youtu.be/MVOZ8tXl5Nc
Spiders make Stonehenge like structures with their webs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
There are several real species and genera which were named after characters or creatures of the Harry Potter universe, including several spiders, two genera of stink bugs and even a dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Ballooning is a process by which spiderlings and even some species of adult spiders move through the air by releasing one or more gossamer threads from their spinnerets to catch the wind becoming airborne sometimes for long distances and great heights at the mercy of air and electric currents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned of Cerbalus aravaensis, a beautiful huntsman spider whose remaining habitat consists of just 1.2 square miles of land (3km sq) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
There is a genus of velvet spiders who live underground, named Loureedia - After Lou Reed, guitairst and singer for The Velvet Underground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned about Kukulcania arizonica, aka the β€œArizona black hole spider.” They ensnare insects by creating a velcro-like netting, inside a crevice, often on the wall of a building. blog.travelmarx.com/2013/…
Today I learned about Sea Spiders. There are over 1,000 species, and they have a leg span ranging from 1 mm to nearly 3 ft. As they age, their exoskeleton becomes riddled with small holes – enabling them to slowly grow in size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
, the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula is the largest spider in the world by mass and size, nearly 6oz. and 12" long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The Ogre Faced Spider's eyes are more sensitive than both a cat's and an owls, but every day at dawn the photosensitive portion of it's eyes are destroyed by the sun, and the arachnid has to regrow this portion each and every evening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
Jumping spiders can not only see the moon, but also enjoy chasing laser pointers. theatlantic.com/science/a…

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