A BRITISH WOMAN "CHEATED DEATH" YESTERDAY after being bitten by the country's only venomous spider.
Emma Craven, 31, from Bournemouth, tried to toss the arachnid out of her bathroom window, assuming it was harmless ~ until it decided to chomp down on her hand.
She rapidly went into life-threatening anaphalactic shock following the bite, and required emergency hospital treatment.
False widow spiders are British relatives of the famous American black widow spiders. On average one person a year in the UK requires medical assistance following a false widow bite.
Spiders: top and right ~ false widows; bottom left ~ the famous black widow, bearing funky red arachno-"tattoo" ...
Woman in anaphalactic shock after "false widow" bite (Daily Mirror) ...
The truth about false widow spiders (Natural History Museum) ...
False Widow Spiders (UK Safari)
"Did the false widow bite?" (old news story: November 2006)
"Widow" Spider Breeds In Britain Due To Climate Change (Sun)
PIXIE LOTT: MAMA DO
This is a really catch tune. But I couldn't find it on Youtube for yous all ... Kept thinking it was by Little Boots ... Well y'know: gnomes, fairies and pixies ... would wear little boots ... easy mistake to make, surely ...!
ABSCESS PUS JAMBOREE!
Don't watch this if you're of a queasy disposition, I warn you.
Here's wondrous footage of a pus-overflowing abscess being lanced by medical professionals.
See how they expertly kneed out the gunge and milk it dry!
Many of my friends have had to go into hospital for inpatient abscess surgery on infections that make this look like a blackhead in comparison. I've always wanted to see what actually happens as the yucky infection goes under the knife ...
Things I cooked yesterday - Maple and pecan gluten-free cookies - slight fail on the texture but tasted nice and conkers. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the conkers...
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