The Eight Spiders
Oct 29, 2016

A video about spiders and how no one knows if someone once said we swallow them or not.

Update - Aug 31, 2021

In August of 2021, the founder of Snopes, David Mikkelson, finally admitted to "Lisa Birgit Holst" being a deliberate anagram for "tHis is a Big troLl". VINDICATION! In other words, the PC Professional article from 1993 never existed so the origins of the myth remains a mystery.

Update - Mar 16, 2021

A month after this video was uploaded, a viewer named Jinkinson Smith managed to find a mention of this myth in an article from 1992. Smith's blog post about it can be found here, while the article itself can be found here. The article was published in April of 1992 which antedates the elusive PC Professional article cited by Snopes by several months. So, even if it does exist (which I sincerely doubt) it is no longer relevant.

Correction of 02:45 to 02:58

In this part of the video I state that "spiders are not insects, they are arthropods." While this is true, it is not what I intended to say. What I meant to say was that spiders are not insects but arachnids. Both insects and arachnids are arthropods. It's a mistake that really bug me to this day...

Correction of 04:35 to 04:40

The word "intelligible" makes no sense in this sentence. The word I was looking for was "unintelligible". I likely assumed that the prefix in- reversed the meaning of the word much like it does in words like in-visible or in-comprehensible without realizing that "telligible" is not a word by itself.

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