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Kill it with fire! A bloke from Fresno, California, almost burned his parents' house down when he opted for a blowtorch to address the property's black widow spider population.
The skittish house-sitter called the cavalry to the Woodward Lake housing development late on Tuesday.
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Twenty-nine firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze. No one was injured and the caller escaped safely, though the same probably can't be said for the spiders.
The home's second storey and attic suffered a singeing. We can imagine that Ma and Pa won't be best pleased.
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"Although the exact cause has not been determined, fire crews believe the blowtorch is to blame," local news station ABC30 helpfully reported.
Well, yes. That'll do it.
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But... why? Arachnophobia, the irrational fear of spiders, is well documented in western society. One school of thought particular to evolutionary psychology holds that it is an instinctive response, easily acquired through the presence of venomous spiders.
Mummy gets bitten gathering berries, Mummy's arm swells up, Mummy's arm...
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