a study published this month on the global spider population's eating habits. 

Researchers Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer found that spiders the world over consume, in total, between 400 and 800-million tons of prey per year. It's a set of numbers large enough to trigger a fear-induced blackout for anyone with arachnophobia. Read more...

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Spiders could eat all humans in one year, and this petition wants to make it happen

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The Washington Post either ruined or made your day on Tuesday when it published a bit of an analysis that suggests spiders could eat every human on Earth in one year if they really wanted to.

Now musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is petitioning Senator Al Franken to help make that happen.

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The WaPo piece that kicked off Darnielle’s bid for swift human extinction bases its analysis on a study published this month on the global spider population’s eating habits. 

Researchers Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer found that spiders the world over consume, in total, between 400 and 800-million tons of prey per year. It’s a set of numbers large enough to trigger a fear-induced blackout for anyone with arachnophobia. Read more…

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