Like something out of the B movie, Tarantula — this week some new scientific evidence laid claim that spiders could overtake the planet — if they wanted to. All it would take is for them to band together. So the next time you’re ready to lay off and wallop that pesky arachnid crafting a web on your porch, think twice — because his 'spidey' brethren might just take to retaliating . . . in a most devastating manner.
Band of Brothers
A new study published in Science of Nature theorized that if all of the world’s spiders banded together in a consolidated effort, they could wipe out the entire human race in a single year.
Apparently en masse, spiders consume between 400 and 800 million tons of prey every year. And if you were to compare the total adult human biomass on Earth — estimated at 278 million tons — you can see that the math is not working in our favor.
While spiders don’t have superpowers, they are ubiquitous — meaning they are virtually everywhere.
A recent entomological survey of homes in North Carolina, for example, found that a 100-percent of the residences contained spiders, with 68 percent of bathrooms and 75 percent of bedrooms housing an eight-legged buddy or two. If you piled all the spiders in the world on a scale, the terrifying swarm would weigh the equivalent of 478 Titanic ocean liners, or about 25 million tons.
Truth of the Matter?
While spiders have voracious appetites and have been known to snack on lizards, birds and even some small mammals, they haven’t yet evolved to the point where they would consider taking on mankind.
So the chances for an Arachnid Uprising are slim to none . . . at least in our lifetime. Yet, this report is somewhat scary when you learn that spider consume approximately 10 percent of their body weight in food per day. That’s equivalent to 200-pound man eating 20 pounds of meat per day.
And conversely, it would take approximately 2,000 pounds of spiders to consume a 200-pound in just one day. Now, for anyone who’s on a diet and currently over that weight threshold, this news might just give you pause about shedding any more lbs., don’t you think?