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There are enough spiders to eat all of us in one year

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There are enough spiders on earth to eat us all in one year. Yup, you read that correctly. If all the spiders on earth unionized, we’d be gone before 2018. There are enough spiders on earth to eat us all in one year. Yup, you read that correctly. If all the spiders on earth unionized, we’d be gone before 2018.

(MEREDITH) –  How was your sleep last night? Sleep well? Good, because after you read this, you won’t.

There are enough spiders on earth to eat us all in one year. Yup, you read that correctly. If all the spiders on earth unionized, we’d be gone before 2018.

But don’t worry. That’s not going to happen…probably. After all, spiders are everywhere. And we mean EVERYWHERE. 

In a recent study, it was discovered the spiders were found in 100 percent of homes in North Carolina. And if the study was conducted elsewhere, we're pretty sure the results would be the same. 

That probably doesn’t help eliminate your fear of spiders, but we do have some facts that can help you be grateful for them. Think of spiders as nature’s garbage cans. They eat mostly insects, but some species snack on animals as large as birds and lizards.

If you were to add up all the food spiders eat in one year and all the food we eat in one year, spiders eat almost double what we do. This means of the 400 million tons of food we eat per year, spiders eat between that and 800 million tons, more than the entire adult human population (287 million tons).

We could offer our children to our soon-to-be spider overlords, but that would only add about 70 million tons, not enough to satiate our 8-legged masters.

So how close are you to a spider right now? Probably pretty close. Studies have shown that there are about 131 spiders per square meter. So if that’s how many there are around us, how much do they all weigh together?

Well, let’s take all the spiders on earth and put them on a large scale (under a glass dome guarded by flamethrowers, sharks, and animals that eat spiders) and weigh them. The grand total? 25 million tons. To put that in perspective, that's 25 million brown bears, or 125,000 blue whales, the largest animal ever known to exist.

So next time you decided to stomp on a spider, you might want to look behind you. There's probably hundreds of them waiting to take their revenge. 

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