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My personal blog on physics, online education, science and skepticism blog. I write this blog to clarify my own thoughts and opinions, and summarise the available evidence. If something interests me I’ll look into it with an open mind, I review the published scientific literature and I see where the evidence takes me. My blog posts are summary of that evidence. If you have something to add please 

Swallow eight spiders a year in your sleep?

The Myth of Lisa Birgit Holst


Have you heard the "fact" that the average person swallows eight spiders a year in your sleep? Well, it is not true, there is no evidence that it happens and it contradicts both human and spider biology.

But even the source of the original fact is not true. This demonstrates, not only that the internet spreads false facts, but also that false sources can be created, and most people will never check.

Dr Andrew Gibson BSc PGCE QTS MSc PhD 

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