Do We Really Swallow Spiders? and Other Modern Myths

Do we Really Swallow Spiders?

And Other Modern Myths

Someone famously said that “a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.” That someone is variously claimed to be Mark Twain or Winston Churchill so, ironically, at least one version of this fact is actually a lie itself. It just goes to show how quickly myths, urban legends and false ideas can spread around. Nowadays, when the internet allows something to be available to almost everybody in the world within minutes of being written, they spread even faster. People are still used to the idea that if they “read something somewhere” it's probably been at least roughly checked in order to get published, but on the internet that's not necessarily true. Chain emails and “1000 fact” type websites can be powerful tools to spread information, but not all of them are as accurate as they claim. Here are three urban legends in common currency, and the real facts behind them.

Myth One: Human Beings eat An Average of 7 Spiders in their Sleep During A lifetime

You may well have heard this idea being thrown around all over the place: apparently we unwittingly swallow a steady diet of spiders in our sleep. As our mouths loll open, passing arachnids find themselves strangely compelled to crawl in, where we cheerfully gulp them down without knowing. Makes you shudder doesn't it? Well before you start wearing a surgical mask to bed, you'll be pleased to hear that this is just an urban legend.

Over the past few years, the idea has been trotted out all over the internet and beyond. Some sources say the average is seven in an entire lifetime, while others insist it's eight in a single year. Even the lowest estimates are significantly higher than the true figure – zero.

Although it apparently stretches back further, most of this urban legend's spread is a product of the internet age. A very deliberate product, as it happens – it was put online specifically to show how quickly false information could spread on the internet. Way back in 1993, when the web was young, a PC Professional columnist named Lisa Holst wrote an article about how many false facts where circulating on the internet. To prove how readily they were believed and passed on, she deliberately put out a load of made-up trivia and watched it spread. One of these was the spider myth, taken from an old 1950s book of bug-based folklore. Appropriately, the spiders thrived on the web, and she found it took off much faster than even she had expected. It became one of the most widely-quoted urban legends on the whole internet, and spread offline to appear in books of trivia and even national newspapers.

Myth Two: Water Is Transparent

No. It's blue.

But surely that's the wrong way around! Yes, it can look blue, but that's just because it reflects the sky, isn't it? Well yes and no.

Water only ever manages to appear blue when it reflects the sky, but scientists have looked beyond what we see with the naked eye. It turns out, water is tinted just slightly blue on its own. Yes, water has a color after all, and it just happens to be the same one it takes on by illusion.

This is an especially interesting myth because an awful lot of people started believing the right thing but for the wrong reasons, at least when they were children. They thought that water was blue, but now most people know that it was just reflecting the sky. Therefore, they also “know” that it's really perfectly clear.

Of course, since it seems so obviously transparent (barring impurities) unless you happen to have access to specialist equipment, nobody can be blamed for believing this particular myth. But this is still notable as one of the few cases where a well-known myth turns out to be true after all. At the risk of giving out headaches, the idea that this is a myth is, actually, a myth!

Myth Three:GolfOriginally Stood forGentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.

This myth is definitely untrue. Making words from acronyms is a fairly modern invention, and started long after the name “golf” came into common use. If there was any doubt, the earliest written record is a Scottish statute written in 1457, which spells the word “gouf.” Unless medieval Scots had a very interesting way of spelling “ladies” (which they didn't), this particular origin story is just an urban legend.

Nobody's completely sure where the word did come from, though, and the same can be said of the game itself. The vast majority of historians agree that modern golf is a fifteenth century Scottish invention, but where it came from at the very start has been lost to the ages. Earlier golf-like games have been recorded everywhere from the Netherlands to China. Which of these, if any, is the true ancestor of the game we know is anyone's guess. As for the word “golf” itself, one common theory is that it comes from the Scots word “Goulf” which roughly means “to hit.” Given that the word is so appropriate, and that the modern game and the first recorded use of it's name both come from Scotland, this does seem a pretty convincing theory. The word “goulf” itself may itself be derived from the dutch “kolf,” meaning a club, bat or similar instrument. Some still believe that Holland may be the true birthplace of the game, too.

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Ana Teixeira 4 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

ahahah.. very nice hub. The water myth i enjoyed very much and i had no idea. I really thought it was transparent. Nice hub. voting up!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This was truly an interesting hub!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Ana Teixeira, thanks! I thought H2O was actually transparent also, till I read that water actually is of the color blue- literally. In a sense- it is a transparent blue, I hope I'm making sense! Thanks for stopping by- I appreciate it!:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks homesteadbound! I don't know, but in some strange way-it would make sense that a human eats 7 spiders while sleeping- in an entire lifetime! I usually see a spider on my bedroom ceiling once in a while. But it is a myth. Thanks for stopping by!:)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Never heard any of of these, but glad I read this before I did, especially the one about the spiders!

A very clever Hub!


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Kristen Haynie 4 years ago from Modesto, CA

This is awesome! I always believed the spider and water myths, and never knew anything about where the word "golf" came from. This hub was a lot of fun to read! I would love to read more of these.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Rebeccamealey. The spider myth always seems to get people going! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

Hi Kristen Hanie, thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment. I'm glad to hear you had fun reading!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

PHew... huge sigh of relief. I am so happy to hear that we don't actually swallow spiders as we sleep. Although I have to admit... I heard a variety of tales of this story. One of which was that spiders are the reason for morning breath! ha ha! Great hub and very interesting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I didn't know about these myths existing but I always did think water was clear. Very cool hub. And I'm really glad I don't have to worry about eating spiders.


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Winterfate 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Very interesting hub. It's pretty cool that water is actually blue. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Haha! Good one barbergirl28! Spiders are one of those creatures that many people prefer not to come across. But they are natural predators, and help control the population from harmful insects and are generally harmless to humans, yet people have this almost instinctual fear of them. But eating them or better yet, have them crawl in our mouth while sleeping, well, it's a whole different story! Thanks for stopping by!


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Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

Thank you for mentioning the spider one. I am constantly arguing with people both offline and on who truly think we all swallow spiders nightly. It is infuriating.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

@ Alecia Murphy , thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed the myths!

@Winterfate, I found the water myth interesting also! Thanks for stopping by , I appreciate it!

Hi Shaddie, I must of heard the spider stories a million times as well, it's impossible though, Some people actually believe it because it sort of makes some sense in a way! Thanks for stopping by!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I hate it when urban myths are exploded (exposed?),

Soon we'll have nothing to hang on to.


Esmeralda 4 years ago

I was shocked reading about the spiders! Thank God it's not true! I knew water was blue and not only by Sun reflection but the rest I never heard about! Totally interesting myths.


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hildred 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

nice hub! I knew the spider one was a myth, never heard about the golf one, but the water one made me go "huh". Looking forward to part 2 already!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Ian for stopping by, urban myths should remain urban myths, but I think I'll be exposing a few more soon! It's ok, these are meant to be fun and entertaining! Thanks again for stopping by , I appreciate it my friend.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Esmeralda!

Thanks hildred, glad you enjoyed the hub! It's fun the know where Myths and urban legends originate from! Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it!


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Taniatravels 4 years ago

I had so much fun reading this hub. I actually heard about the spider myth! The average human eats about 7 spiders in their lifetime while they sleep, my husband use to mention this alot- As a joke of course! I was shocked about the water myth. I always believed water was transparent. Great fun hub! Voting it up and awesome!


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Fortaleza 4 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

Nice hub, I am so afraid of spiders!! I have always feared them! Thank you for mentioning that we do not actually swallow them up at night! lol. This hub was very interesting! Myths and urban legends have always fascinated me, but anything to do with spiders no!lol. Voting it up with all the rest!


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Frannie Dee 4 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

Thanks...so relieved about the spiders. Interesting hub.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Frannie Dee, no spiders! I appreciate you stopping by!


Dan Martel 4 years ago

I better not tell my wife this particular spider myth! lol. Haha, must be one of the best urban myths i have EVER read. Heard about the spider legend long long ago but totally forgot. As our mouths loll open, passing arachnids find themselves strangely compelled to crawl in! That was good. Great article- interesting and very entertaining, keep them coming.


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ArgentinaDanila 4 years ago

The best myths are the ones that give you goosebumps or how do you say it- goose pimples! The spiders scare and got to me! Good hub. I even learnt something about water! Always thought it was transparent. Up & interesting! Good one!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Dan Martel. Yes, it first came out in the early 90s, but you still hear it to this day. Please don't tell your wife or it might keep her up all night!.) Thanks for stopping by, and the very kind comment, I appreciate it!

Hi Danila, thank you so much- that was very kind of you. Much appreciated! Goose pimples sounds just about right!


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buythebook 4 years ago

I also heard this another urban legend- actually I heard it verbally but haven't found it anywhere online. I have heard from one person who found a small harmless spider hiding in her ear during sleep(which is possible) lol. It is probably just a variation on the 'swallowing 7 spiders during a life time myth- during sleep'. Wow the water myth surpised me, I too thought it was transparent. Great hub! Up and awesome!


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CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

I stand corrected, what an interesting hub


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi CASE1WORKER,

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it.


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Eric Newland 4 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

I love it. Interesting debunking and well written too. I'll sleep a little better tonight, to be sure. Voted up, interesting, awesome, an funny.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Eric Newland,

Thanks for the very kind comment. I appreciate it.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Nice hub, well written and informative, thank you.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

I've eaten a fly (accidentally, and no, it wasn't good).

Stupid thing flew right into the back of my throat and I instinctively swallowed. Yuck.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi dmop, Thanks for stopping by. Much Appreciated.

Hi Pcunix,

That was funny! lol. Just reminded me of a friend. Basically what happened was while jogging she ended up choking on a fly. I can never forget the look in her eyes. We still both burst into laughter every time she and I speak of it. Thanks for stopping by , I appreciate it.


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Cardozo7 4 years ago from Portugal

Really thought that the spiders mith was true. I've learned something today. Nice hub


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Cardozo7,

Many, including I, once believed in this myth. It does sound like something that can happen- at night- during sleep! I am sure you have witnessed a spider or two during the night- in your bedroom as I have. But it is but a myth. lol. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment, I appreciate it.


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mrshoki 4 years ago from New Zealand

Interesting hub, have learnt a few things today. Thanks.


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DanFar87 4 years ago

Thank you, I am so glad to know that I don't swallow spiders and other bugs in my sleep :)


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danajconnelly 4 years ago from Family and Parenting

Entertaining hub but there is one myth i adore and loathe simultaneously that was not mentioned....the "its not you, it's me" myth. Oh and Cardozo7: Did you go to Cardozo HS in NY?


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scottrights 4 years ago from San Diego

Great title! The spider thing couldn't go by me without me clicking on it. I wish it were true though.


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Cardozo7 4 years ago from Portugal

Danajconnelly i did not. I'm from Portugal and my nick is just a tribute to a football player named Cardozo who plays with the number 7 shirt :)


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Hawkstryker 4 years ago from England

Interesting hub! Thank you for putting my mind, and no doubt, a few future arguments to rest! Keep up the good work!


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Thank you for sharing.....

Very interesting.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you mrshoki, and welcome to hubpages.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi DanFar87, Let me first say: Welcome to hubpages! And thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

danajconnelly thank you, and welcome to hubpages as well! I have never heard about 'its not you, it's me' myth, I will look into it. Thanks for stopping by.


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Kadmiels 4 years ago from Florida

thanks for ruining my golf game.. it was the only place i could escape the wife ;)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks scottrights. Do you really wish the myth were true? Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it, and welcome to hubpages.

Hi Hawkstryker , thanks. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to hubpages as well. Much appreciated.


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NetBlots 4 years ago from Melbourne

one word.... phew!


abeggs 4 years ago

That was super interesting! I've honestly always believed the whole "swallowing spiders" thing myself, but this entire hub blew my mind. Great work!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi christopher9882 , thanks! I appreciate you stopping by.

Hi Kadmiels, sorry for ruining it for you! Haha ,that was to funny. Thanks for stopping by. Much Appreciated.


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scottrights 4 years ago from San Diego

Maybe not... But I don't think people know how important spiders are. Bug control!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

I absolutely agree, Spiders do protect and help control the population from harmful insects and are generally harmless to humans.

Hi netBlots. Thanks.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi abeggs , thanks for the kind comment. It is only a myth, so there is nothing to worry about. Although- I never understood why some people are never hungry in the morning? lol. Thanks for stopping by.


Saffron 4 years ago

Great fun. I always new Water itself had an intrinsic blue color or a faint blue. But the spider myth shocked me! Thank God it's not true. This was fun.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks! Saffron. Much appreciated.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

The Internet certainly has made it possible to spread any statement worldwide and purport it to be true. Many of us, when we read a dire prediction or frightening fact, all too often click "share," wanting to warn our friends and family about this "new" dilemma without ever checking out the validity of the statement. When I was an Internet newbie, I was guilty of this, but have since become a little wiser.

Interesting hub here. Voted up and SHARED.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you L.L Woodard. I agree with what you just wrote 100%. The internet can be a good source of information but finding reliable information is sometimes hard to do. Wherever you look, there are always millions of versions on the matter at hand. Research Is important but from reliable sources. Thanks for stopping by and for SHARING, I appreciate it.


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the-remedy 4 years ago from Houston

I've never heard of the spider myth, but I'm extremely happy to hear that it's not true!! Gives me the creeps just thinking about that. Interesting hub...


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

:)Thanks the-remedy! It was one of those myths that came out in the early 1990s and many believed it! Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it. :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Janga... this was so very interesting. Up and shared. I've been listening to (and believing) that spider myth for years. It always seemed odd, since I imagine we would feel the spider crawling on us.


Mrs.Isabelle 4 years ago

Well it's always nice to learn a few new things. Spiders creep me out. I thought water was trasparent! And always believed Golf was an American sport! Interesting read!

Mrs.Isabelle :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I love this! I love to debunk urban legends. You had a couple I've never heard before.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much PDXKaraokeGuy. I'v heard this myth also many many times as well and thought perhaps I should investigate a little -just to make sure! I agree! we would at least feel it crawling. Although as I mentioned in one of my previous comments above as a joke: " I understand why most of us are never hungry when we get up in the morning." lol.

Thanks for stopping by Justin, and for sharing, I appreciate it.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Mrs.Isabelle, thanks! That is very kind of you!

Hi DeborahNeyens, urban legends or folklore superstitions to old wives' tales are always interesting! The misinformation and mistaken beliefs are always exciting to debunk. Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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savvydating 4 years ago

Interesting hub...and visually beautiful. I've just begun learning about hubs and yours has provided me with some inspiration. Thank you!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you savvydating, that was very kind of you to say. I am glad you enjoyed reading. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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bryanbaldwin 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hah! This is fun... I've said that as a playful "fact" when I'm teasing women. I always figured it was a myth but it's still fun to chat about. Great post.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden! That is a good one. Loved your article, can't wait to eat my nightly spiders!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks bryanbaldwin, haha, I guess most of us who new about this myth used it to our advantage at one point! :)

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

Hi Ruby H Rose, Thanks! I know.. It was one of those funny myths! It is nice to know you had a good laugh out of it! :) Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.


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Evankovach 4 years ago from Northern New Jersey

Never heard the golf acronym, very funny!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you Evankovach. Some myths are truly funny! Take care!


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chelseacharleston 4 years ago

Great hub! Great topic. Great research. Just great all around. I was wondering about a few of those. And I noticed when I hit the driving range with a friend that a myth about golf being so masochistic kinda put me on the defense...right before wondering if it was ever really true. So, it's peculiar how even the most untrue myths shape our perception!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi chelseacharleston,

Thanks! How true, they do shape our perception on things.

Golf originated as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden" is a common old wives tale indeed. To me it sounds more like an old husband's tale instead lol. Thanks you so much for your comment, that was very kind of you. I appreciate it, thanks again.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

Great hub I had not heard of these myths but I am relieved to know that the spider swallowing myth is just that a myth.

Now I am very gullible so I just want to check before I go telling everyone that water is in fact blue that this is true and not you starting a new myth to see how fast it spreads lol... :D


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi maggs224, Thanks!

The spider myth is but a myth! Although I have, at some point, observed some spiders on my bedroom ceiling, lol. But no, it's a myth indeed.

Pure Water on the other hand does contain a faint blue color! Although we do not actually notice it at times, but its color does become much more visible/apparent when observed in larger volumes. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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kayyluh 4 years ago

Great hub! I am very glad to hear that we don't swallow spiders. My fiance's mom told me that and I just started panicking I never wanted to fall asleep again! I loved your hub and I am glad you shared this wise information with us! Keep up the great work :) voted up and interesting:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much kayyluh! Haha, well.. do not panic! :) It is an interesting myth though, because it kind of makes a little sense considering we all have seen a spider at some point, crawling around in our room! Thank you once again for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

Very interesting. I had never heard the first two but had heard the third. I always enjoy Snopes and other urban legend websites. Shared with others!


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Worldofwow1992 4 years ago from Michigan

Fun hub! I heard it was 18 spiders. I'm glad they were wrong!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you TripleAMom, The spider myth is the one that gets everyone thinking! The water myth surprises many! urban legends are always interesting to debunk. Thank you for stopping by and sharing as well, I appreciate it.:)

Hi Worldofwow1992, wow 18 spiders! I know... there are so many versions of the spider myth. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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keeranbri 4 years ago

Sometimes I do wonder if a spider has gone into my mouth while I was sleeping. I sometimes sleep with my mouth open and forget to close it


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi keeranbri, I always wondered the same, besides, I've seen plenty of spiders crawling around, on the wall, at night, just before I fall asleep! lol. It's a myth though, and spiders hate human breath! But they can crawl on your arm though! haha!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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RNMSN 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

well dadgumit and I was so hoping that by this time in my life...no I am not going to say how far along that is...I would finally be able to learn to weave :)

and didn't golf originate from those fearsome scottsmen hitting around their decapitated victims' heads with a stick ??? ouch :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi RNMSN, haha that was a good one! As for the game of golf, there are no certain answers to that question. Historians are still trying to find out when and where golf was created. lol. Could be true though!:)

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

This hub was on a need to know basis. : ) Thank you for your share of facts and myths. Found it to be useful and interesting, so I voted it obviously...'up!'


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks girtalksshop, Urban legends, myths and old wives' tale, most seem to make sense, but...? It is incredible how fast they spread.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)


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am301986 4 years ago from New Delhi

Thanks for sharing....spider one never heard...overall great informative hub. cheers :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi am301986, Most insects tend to fly into our mouth and nostrils while we're awake, especially while jogging, and before you know it, they are on their way into our stomach! haha.. kidding! But no, swallowing common house spiders during sleep is impossible! Myth!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


BethDW 4 years ago

Really interesting hub. My partner and I were actually discussing the spider myth just yesterday (she has an intense fear of them, and our apartment is INFESTED currently). I'll have to tell her that it's bogus!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi BethDW, thanks! The thought of spiders does cause fear in many of us; as most do suffer from arachnophobia! lol. But the common house spider is actually harmless, and afraid. The air movement around a spider is what usually causes them to move; it's their defense mechanism. It would be impossible to swallow one during sleep because our breath would cause them not to approach. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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Nomascus concolor 4 years ago from A Country called Earth

Good interesting hub! We sometimes forget to think where we first heard things from, and just take them as facts. Myths are born this way. Water's blue tint actually increases as you observe more quantity of water - this is why it seems colorless when you look at a tiny quantity of water. Thanks for rectifying these myths! Voted up


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Nomascus concolor, I agree! It's hard to identify real stories from hoaxes. What makes it even more difficult is that urban legends are almost always (never) defined as being false, but explained as myths instead! We consider them to be the truth even in the absence of evidence. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Well, I am glad the myth "we swallow spiders in our sleep" is NOT true. I was sure these critters were parachuting to their death and,to my horror, into my unsuspecting mouth. Whew! Glad there is Jangaplanet to set the record straight! Now I can sleep better!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Scribenet, Thanks! To be honest, I worry more about the chemicals we ingest every day, than a common little house insect, which is biodegradable! haha, kidding! It's one of those urban legends like the 1960s Beehive hairsyle, and what lies beneath!! Simply not true! but it sounds real! lol. Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it!


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wisdom25 4 years ago from San Tan Valley

This is an interesting article! I never heard this before at all. Fora quick second I thought about going to sleep with tape on my mouth. Great article. Much love and respect.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi wisdom25, Haha.. Funny! There's no need to wear a surgical mask, or tape...no spiders are going in there! lol. Common house spiders are actually afraid of us! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia

A fun and interesting read. I look forward to reading more of your work :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi stricktlydating, very kind of you! Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this article. Much appreciated. :)


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Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

Very interesting hub. I was only familiar with the spider myth and actually "heard" it was an average of 14 spiders a year. YIKES! Glad to hear that is far from the truth. Because of this hub, the next time I pour water into a clear glass, I'm probably going to study it now to look for that blue tint. Haha. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Ashley, thanks! There are so many versions of the spider myth. The consumption seems pretty high. Makes you wonder why some people don't feel hungry in the morning, or skip breakfast.. haha! Just a myth. It's often easier to notice the intrinsic blue tinted water when observing it in larger quantities, such as lakes, rivers and so on. It's very interesting. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

LOL!! Thank goodness I wake up hungry each morning!!


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

This is a great hub, really enjoyed reading it. The spider myth is definitely one I can relate to as I was trying to tell somebody the other day not to believe everything that they read on the internet, which is of course where they got the idea from! Will be reading more of your hubs! Thanks for sharing


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

@ Ask Ashley, Me too! :)

Hi STEVEW13, thanks! We tend to believe almost anything we hear..it's incredible, but that's because sometimes most of these myths do sound like a possiblity, lol.. For a person to swallow a live spider while sleeping during the night would involve many unlikely circumstances that for practical purposes we can rule out every possibility. Makes for a great watercooler conversation though! Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it. :)


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ForLoveofCupcakes 4 years ago from Chicago

You have NO idea how happy I am to have read your hub tonight!!! As a serious arachnaphobe, the spider myth has caused me quite a bit of anxiety in my lifetime. It is a huge relief to hear that it is untrue. THANK YOU! I had also heard (and believed) the one about GOLF.

GREAT hub!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi ForLoveofCupcakes, thanks! The myth came from an old book that was written back in the 1950s and brought to life again in the early 90s. The funny part is that it was actually written as a test to see how fast such things spread over the internet. I'm glad the article helped.:) Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)


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Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

Want to make things even more interesting for the water myth? Scientifically speaking, nothing truly "has" color. Each surface only reflects certain colors when hit by light depending on the properties that make up that surface. So what the scientists have discovered is that even though water was once thought to be blue because it reflected the sky, and even though water was incorrectly thought to be transparent, they have now found that water inherently reflects a very light color of blue when in contact with light.


redlight923 4 years ago

i thought water was blue or clear

btw if you eat rice you're actually eating a tons of bugs


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Eric Calderwood, Thanks! that's a good way of putting it. A tiny amount of water is too little to actually see its affects. And a small amount would look colorless rather than blue. Someone once explained that if you were to stare into a hundred feet of deep pure mountain lake water..with a white bottom, you'll see exactly what color it has..blue. Yet if we were to scoop a glass full of the same lake water, it will look totally clear! (barring impurities) of course. And again, if we were to just look at the surface of the lake, it looks gray, especially on an overcast day, and even looks black during the night. It does become more visible and apparent when in contact with light. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi redlight923, I did not know about rice, lol. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.


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Ausemade 4 years ago from Australia

Although not a myth, did you know why a lot of Australian country folks don't open their mouths very wide when they talk? because of the flies... even I have swallowed the odd one or two... that's where the great Aussie wave comes from (shooing the flies away from your face in a slow relaxed manner)... anyway, I am now informed by the colour of water and cannot wait for part two to this hub... interesting, funny and voted up!


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Peter Leeper 4 years ago from Londonderry, New Hampshire

nice article. I love hearing about urband legends i swoere were true and the truth behind them . Voted up and shared on Reddit TIL section!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Ausemade, the Barcoo salute! lol. Yes, I have heard about it! Interesting indeed. Glad you enjoyed reading! And yes.. water is actually blue, lol. Hope to get started on part two soon! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.


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Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

Can I just say I am extremely relieved about the spider myth being a myth. I just moved to an area where there are recluse spiders, whose bites can dissolve flesh. I was seriousy concerned what would happen if I swallowed one of those! I'm assuming the outcome wouldn't be pretty. Now this is one less thing to be paranoid about.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey thanks cablemanagements! It's just a myth. It was invented as an example by the columnist Lisa Holst to prove how fast news spread over the internet. However, many have actually swallowed bugs while jogging, lol.. but spiders! during the night! that happen to crawl into our mouths! Not a chance! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you Peter Leeper, that was very kind of you! I like hearing about urban legends too! Thanks again for sharing this article, much appreciated. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Schatzie Speaks :) The Brown Recluse Spider! ouch! From what I've learned about the recluse spider- is that it feeds only on dead insects. And if I can be of any help.. I can tell you.. it does not attack people. However, they do tend to defend themselves, but only when disturbed. But I can definitely understand your concern! No.. actually there is no way we can ever swallow a 'common house' spider, unless we do it deliberately..yuk! lol. As for the recluse.. in can bite.. but the spider myth itself is all nonsense, nomatter what type of spider. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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audreymanning89 4 years ago from Arkansas

What. A. RELIEF!


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(smiles)@ audreymanning89! Thanks for reading!


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Homechef 4 years ago

Well my spider can sigh in relief, he always feared those mouth traps (:


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leakeem 4 years ago from Earth

very interesting hub and a very nice read!


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anivardiashvili 4 years ago from Georgia

Very interesting hub. It's pretty cool that water is actually blue. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Homechef,lol, thanks for stopping by!:)

Thank you leakeem, glad you liked the hub! :)

Hey thanks anivardiashvili! Looks Translucent.. completely see through, but blue it is! :)


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Chlarrey Lustre 4 years ago from Africa

I can't believe people actually believed this spider myth...hmmm...so what else do you believe?--that chipmonks actually sing eh?


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Chlarrey Lustre, thanks for stopping by to read. Some urban legends prey on our deepest fears, and this is why we sometimes believe in them. The spider myth was specifically put out to demonstrate how gullible we are, because in a (strange) sense..it does sound like something possible.

But again, the myth comes from an article written by Lisa Holst in 1993, it centered on the 'question' of how people believe just because they read it on the internet. Ironically enough, the myth comes from her own list of made-up facts, which she put out.. to prove her point. She also got her inspiration from a collection of common misbeliefs.. in a 1954 book on insects folklore). Take care, much appreciated :)


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

I've always wondered about the spiders one.


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Hey Modern Lady, thanks for dropping by! I keep asking myself: is there any way of eating a spider while we're asleep? Unless we're extremely hungry, the chances are really low, lol. Thanks again for dropping in, much appreciated :)


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Thankyou! Someone once told me we ate 7 spiders a YEAR in your sleep.I am deathly afraid of them.I have vacated a room they are in. Woke my husband up at 2:30 to kill one (he was terribly unhappy about it, and let me know. It doesn't stop me from waking my spider killer.) The watercolor I found very interesting too. Still I'm glad about the spider thing being false! THANKYOU FOR CLEARING THAT UP!!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey hi Rusti Mccollum! :) We’ve all heard this scary and unsettling factoid at some point in our lives. There are numerous sources.. some say 7 spiders in a lifetime, others 4, and also 8, lol. The majority of us never swallowed any spiders in our sleep.. yet! Unless we're really hungry, haha. But in all seriousness, realistically... the average number of spiders swallowed at night per person, in an entire lifetime is probably (less) than one. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. Glad it cleared the spider myth up for you :)


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endless sea 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

I never believed the myth about eating spiders while I am asleep..I just thought it as make up story so that children with habit of sleeping with their mouth open will get some feeling in them to make sure they correct it( as I was one of that kind) then again with the golf been acronym to "gentlemen only ladies forbidden" I thought it as a made up by some people for fun.. (after reading it I felt like I am quite intelligent cause I was saved from falling into trap of urban legends) but when I read about the water woha!! I was shocked it was really something very interesting and shocking for me... really nice hub voted up and interesting!


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tobey100 4 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

Great hub. I've heard the 'eating spiders' thing since I was a kid. Never believed it but it great to use on my own kids.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey hi endless sea. Sometimes these urban legends can be traced back hundreds, or even thousands of years. Most if not all sound ridicoulous, lol. The spider myth is a classic, and agree with everything you said! 'Gentlemen only ladies forbidden', as someone mentioned earlier: That's a common old wives' tale. Or better yet, more likely an old husband's tale, haha! Many were shocked ( including I, when I did the research) that water was actually blue! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it


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Hey tobey100, glad to hear you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for dropping in, much appreciated.


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Rockvale 4 years ago from Loveland

interesting information. I found myself wanting to read more though. Any chance you could add more?


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Rockvale. I hope to get to the next part soon, as I noticed many wanted to know more about the spider myth! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.:)


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endless sea 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

I remember watching a show called "Myths Buster" there I learned about many myths and urban legends those we believed were real, some of them very very stupid and obvious and I thought how can anyone even believe that, but some sounded so legitimate that when I heard that they were myths I was shocked to know the fact. Even in my course book when I was a kid they taught us some myths as facts, the most common being water is tasteless, odorless and colorless.. So we can conclude that there are many urban legends that we believe are realities some are just so obvious that we are shocked to know reality.. well I'll be waiting for the next part!!


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beddersox 4 years ago from USA

I definitely just picked up my glass of water and carefully examined it to see if it appeared blue!!! Lol loved this!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

That's exactly right endless sea, Some myths simply seem real. I liked Myth Busters, watched it plenty. I hope to write soon! Thanks for leaving this interesting comment. :)

Hi beddersox, Thanks! Usually it is difficult to see the blue color in a simple glass of water, It takes bigger quantities to actually notice . Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it :)


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

You should really do another hub like this! I found it amazing and comforting lol the first time I was here. I'm still gonna be afraid of them though,kind of prissy that way. lol At least I know I am not eating those suckers!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

LOL, thanks Rusti Mccollum! When you wake up in the morning and are not feeling hungry, and decide to skip breakfast like many of us, then it's because you had your breakfast during the night, haha. Kidding! Yes, some spiders are creepy. I hope to write something else soon. :)


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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I'd like to think that I swallow spiders. Makes me feel tough.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

LOL That's just gross!


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kuttingxedge 4 years ago from Just outside of international extradition agreements

What a cool article. Thanks for sharing. I have definitely quoted some version of the spider myth. Voted up for sure.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi reagu, That's funny! lol. But those are simple little common house spiders! Can you stomach a live tarantula? Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

@ Rusti Mccollum, :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey thanks kuttingxedge! I use to quote this often as well, lol. It's interesting though, because it does sound possible. But it's not! Sure, a spider can make its way onto the bed, but in no way can it ever crawl into the mouth! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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SEO IT! 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ

I thought the golf one was true *blush*.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi SEO IT! lol, no, it's not true, and if it were I'd be really upset. Perhaps the myth "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden" came about as a joke made by golfers during those times. I wonder what kind of gentlemen they were, if they forbid woman? Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Rated up & interesting. Thank you for sharing. I will repost on my facebook wall -- I think a lot of people will be interested in your "debunks" ;) Especially the spider one... how many times have I read the myth? I couldn't even begin to count!

Best regards~


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you so much breathe2travel, that was very kind of you! The spider myth was so popular back then, and still is. Going back just a few years ago, I remember having many debates with friends over the issue of how many we actually swallowed while sleeping, haha. Now I now better! Thanks again for stopping by, and for sharing it on facebook, I appreciate it. :)


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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States

Oh good, that means I do not have to save aside a few extra calories for each spider ingested in my sleep! I too have debated this issue at great lengths!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Bedbugabscond, thanks so much for stopping by. It is an interesting myth though, lol. I have had quite a few laughs, when it comes to the spider myth! It definitely makes for good entertaining conversation! :) Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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JideAlexander 4 years ago from IL

What a very interesting hub. keep em coming!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much JideAlexander for dropping by and commenting on this article. I was surprised as to how many myths (Particularly the ones I've mentioned here) are still found in magazines, books and circulating on the web as fact. But they're not. :)


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jaybird22 4 years ago from New York

Good hub and a great topic. Well written! Voting up.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks jaybird22, glad to hear it. Urban legends, superstitions: old wives tales, folklore, omens, bizarre beliefs, I really enjoy reading these things, and learning the truth. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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takerecess 4 years ago from USA

Though I find it reassuring to think I'm not eating spiders, it is ironic, and don't take offense, that this was written on the internet and, like you stated, the facts aren't "double checked". I don't believe you would claim "facts" were actually myths, I just find it ironic. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi takerecess, No offense taken :) I do find it sort of ironic myself, lol. Sort of a double standard. It's kind of difficult to explain without one asking: 'is this actually fact'? After all, the myths are found all over the internet, and here I am writing on the 'internet' trying to explain about the false myths/facts that are found all over the internet. I hope I made sense, haha.

Lots of research by reliable sources answers these myths. Yet, it's difficult, because most urban legends follow a well-known set of rules that draws on conventions of language, culture, folklore and vague attribution. By definition, urban legends are not true. Usually it's common sense that answers most myths. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it :)


ElleBee 4 years ago

Maybe I live under a rock, because I had never heard this spider eating myth before! (or at least I didn't recommend it). But it certainly made a good title and got me to read! I am very happy to know that one is a myth! After all, eating spiders... YUCK.


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Joshua George 4 years ago from Kochi (Cochin), India

Nice hub.Thanks for the information


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Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

spider per man ratio while asleep- 3:1


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Lou Lohman 4 years ago from Plainfield, IL

Quite an interesting article, I enjoy the concept. I especially liked the one about water; I'd always assumed that the color came from something in the water, and not the water itself.

I'd just like to say, though, that words from acronyms isn't what one might call a "modern" invention - the Hebrews have been doing it for hundreds of years. Just FYI. :)


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Aiden Hill 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

Wait, so we don't actually swallow spiders in our sleep??

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Damn.


zaidu87 4 years ago

interesting hub :)


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katy2 4 years ago from saint john

wow that's an interesting perspective you just gave me a great idea of an article i can write thank you.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi ElleBee, Some urban legends/myths have been circulating around for so long and spread widely enough to have become classics. The spider legend was one of those. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

You are most welcome, Joshua George! Thanks for stopping by.

Johnathan L Groom, They are perfectly harmless little spiders, lol. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Very interesting hub. I have to say that I am pretty relieved that the spider myth isn't true...

Voted up/interesting.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Lou Lohman. Chemistry really is a fascinating science! We usually observe small quantities of water to be colorless, Yet it has a slight blue tint (really is interesting).

In my opinion: I agree that acronyms are not a 'modern invention'. But there may be some disagreement among some, concerning this question. When did the use of acronyms begin? What are some of the earliest acronyms and did they know it was an acronym at the time? is what they keep argueing on. Thank's for adding that. I really appreciate it:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Aiden Hill, sorry to disappoint you, haha. However, most have eaten several bugs while jogging, and even while eating, lol. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

Thank you naimishika, glad you enjoyed reading the Hub.

Thanks zaidu87:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi katy2, Thank you. I can't wait to read your article! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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SkySlave 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Ive heard many people say that we swallow spiders in our sleep every year. I'm glad to hear that idea was a myth. Its crazy to think that rumors like that can travel all around the world. This was a very interesting post.


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hoov45 4 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

Glad to know that I'm not dining on spiders in my sleep. That is good to know. Congrats on a fine hub here and your success so far. Voted up and following your work now.


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johnsmitht 4 years ago

It's to keep my mouth shut when I sleep!


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Freddyisreal 4 years ago from new jersey

great hubman thanks for the info


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twillnurse 4 years ago from North Carolina

oh yes glad it is not true someone said it long along ago. I like to have freaked out, I started sleeping with the covers over my mouth and nose. I am freaked by them.


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HowRadical 4 years ago

Awesome hub! Didn't really know whether water was transparent or not until now. :D


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks jennzie , spiders are already creepy on there own, the thought of swallowing them while we sleep is even more creepier, but not true. Thanks for stopping by and your vote, I appreciate it.:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi SkySlave Thanks. Just like the myth/rumor that 'there are tarantulas who can jump 3 to 4 feet', it's simply not true. Maybe it is man's curiosity or his vulnerability for the gross and unbelievable that make legends surface and spread so fast. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you so much hoov45. The spider myth does make for an interesting entertaining story, to share with friends, for fun. Thanks stopping by and commenting, for your vote and everything else, I really appreciate that. :)


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Hi Freddyisreal, thank for dropping by, much appreciated.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi twillnurse, Spiders do crawl on beds sometimes, haha (I'm not trying to freak you out) However, the whole thing of swallowing one during sleep is impossible. I've been hearing this story since the early 90s, always made for some fun conversation though! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi HowRadical, Thanks! The blue color of water can actually be seen with the naked eye by looking through a long tube filled with purified water. Science is fascinating!


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iefox5 4 years ago

Swallow Spiders? Unbelievable! It is not true.


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Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

nice hub but I still think we swallow spiders in our sleep! I know people who have woken up mid chew..... yum yum!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Interesting, I was taught in school that water was transparent (clear) and that any colors came from chemicals in the water. I guess they were trying to explain why some water is blue, some green, some brown, and some clear. I had never heard that about the spiders, but I wouldn't have believed it because I've been awakened by and swatted a couple crawling on my face. I don't believe one could make it into my mouth. Now I've swallowed a gnat or two while fully awake, of that there's no doubt.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi iefox5, I wish it were true! haha. Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate.

Hi Becky Bruce. A spider might crawl on us at night, find its way under our covers or even onto our face. But do they enter into a mouth and nose while we are sleeping? No!, Especially little common house spiders. Myths tend to survive based on how interesting they are, rather than whether or not they're true. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciatei it. :


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you very much MizBejabbers :) It is very interesting indeed. The fact that water looks transparent (barring impurities of course) and also odorless and tasteles for the matter, but actually has a very pale blue tint is fascinating. There are other factors however that can affect our perception of the color of water. It is often much easier make notice of this beautiful intrinsic blue when looking at it in larger quantities, such as lakes, oceans and even pools.

I've been awakenned by spiders also! :) Thank you so much for stopping by, much appreciated. :)


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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area

Very interesting facts. I loved the read.


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lezsaysit 4 years ago from New York, NY

I gave your article an "interesting" rating. I enjoyed it a lot. That's insane yet pretty smart of the author to show the effect of the spider myths by using the internet as the tool. Well done!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey whittwrites thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. :)

Hi usbmemorydirect, We all swallow insects/bugs at some point! I know I did! especially while jogging! But not spiders that happen to crawl into our mouths during the night! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

Hi lezsaysit, thank you. I think we can all sleep a little more soundly, unless we really enjoy the idea of eating spiders. Thank again, I appreciate you stopping by. :)


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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida

Wow JP. I never heard of any of these, but the most intriguing one was the spiders, for sure. When I first read that myth as you had stated it, I got chills at the thought, but, I thought, I don't think I would have ever swallowed any bugs, because the moment I even think I feel something crawling on me on any part of my body, I'm jumping up and trying to flick it off me or my bed. Interesting hub though. GB


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Etherealenigma, Thanks. Most of these Urban Legends, myths, old wives tales' are the kind of stories that make our heart race, they sound so creepy and always send chills up and down our spine! It's also because many have a touch of truth to them but have been inflated and distorted a little, and so we believe them. They're credible tales though! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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Dancilla 4 years ago from El Paso

I really enjoyed reading this hub. Great hub!


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Hi Dancilla, thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the hub. :)


DMVmimay 4 years ago

Really interesting hub !.. i had a great time reading your hub, so cool. its just so cool reading traditional story thing :D wewwww.


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

Enjoyed your hub! Glad to know I am not swallowing spiders at night :) Thanks for sharing!


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Thinking i swallowed spiders in my sleep grossed me out! Thankyou now I know I'm not eating those creepy things. I know people that swear its true!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi DMVmimay, thanks for the kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! No spiders! :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi, Better Yourself, thanks! The chances of swallowing a spider while you are asleep are almost 0 to none. It just does not happen! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

I wouldn't want to swallow spiders, either. Very interesting myths.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Rusti Mccollum, Are you still waking up your husband up at 2:30 in the morning to kill spiders? lol. Little common house spiders are not aggressive. They actually tend to get away from any human contact! We have a better chance of swallowing a fly than eating a spider. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi gail, Thank you! Although spiders are all around us, indoors and out, there's no documented cases of this ever happening. :)


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

No, its an old wise tale. I remember the one where they said if you step on a crack in the sidewalk you"ll break your mother's back. Your welcome.


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Your Deja Vu 4 years ago from St Petersburg

I has always wondered about the spider swallowing thing. Good to know it's just an urban legend though. Whew, I feel a little better now!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi gail, haha, I remember that one also! :)

Hi, Deja Vu! So many of us have heard about old wives tales/urban legends throughout our lives from our parents, grandparents, ect! But when you think of it, almost all these superstitions sound suspiciously similar. It's interesting how some of these from childhood still stick in my mind. :)


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Judy G Gillis 4 years ago from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

Good to know about the golf one. I love the game and it's infuriating that when the men have a "men only event" at our church in the summer, they invariably go golfing. No women allowed. I agree with someone earlier who said that instead of an old wives' tale, it is probably an old husbands' tale. ;) Thanks for posting!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Judy G Gillis, I found the golf one a little strange! Although it is only a myth, “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” does sound like an old husband' tale instead! :) Thanks you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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turnerkristina35 4 years ago from Henderson, nv

Thank god spiders don't really crawl into my mouth at night when I'm sleeping!! I tried so hard not to think about it for so many years, and I'm relieved to know that it is a myth!! Blehhhh


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

You will only know if you ate spiders during the night if you wake up not feeling hungry and decide to skip breakfast like some people do! haha, Lol! Thanks for stopping by turnerkristina35, I appreciate it! :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Oh thank god. I figured that -since I eat them when awake- I may be getting too much spider in my diet. I'm so happy to find out that that's not the case! (just kidding, of course) ;)

Very funny hub! Voted up & shared!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Haha! Thanks VeronicaFarkas! I did swallow a bug while jogging once though! :) Thank you for the vote and share, much appreciated.


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Tashaonthetown 4 years ago from South Africa

The thought of swallowing spiders in my sleep has freaked me out for a while, so thank you for the information and I will probably get to sleep better now!


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Chipp 2 years ago from New Jersey

Thanks for shedding some light on the "eating spiders" myth. I always had a hard time with that when I was a kid.

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