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Spider, nakamamatay?


BY KIM ATIENZA


I wonder if kids today still play spider wars like we did when we were that age.

We would catch spiders in trees and bushes. We would store them in matchboxes, then release them on the ground to engage the spiders caught by our playmates in a battle.

What joy that brought to kids in our time.

According to Science kids, most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom. Deaths from spider bites are rare, however.

An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.

How did the tale of Spiderman come about?

His story first broke in 1962 in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy, no. 15. In the story, American teenager Peter Parker, a poor sickly orphan, is bitten by a radioactive spider.

As a result of the bite, he gains superhuman strength, speed, and agility along with the ability to cling to walls.

Thus was how the Spiderman tale came about and later transported to a very successful film franchise.

Spider Man was a creation of American writer Stan Lee, whodied at the age of 95.

Philippine movies has a local counterpart of Spider Man. He is Gagamboy, played by Vhong Navarro.

Did you know?

That tarantulas can regrow lost limbs and even replace their internal organs in stomach linings?

Tarantulas are a family of large, hairy spiders with a sharp bite that is not very poisonous to humans.

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