Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Friday, April 16, 2004

Camel Spiders

Have you seen a picture of a camel spider in Iraq? In the photo I saw, the spider looked about a foot long. An email said these venomous camel spiders can run 25 miles per hour. That's about the same top speed as a human sprinter with an Olympic gold medal. No ordinary person could outrun it.

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Something else makes the camel spider of Iraq even more terrifying. When it runs, it makes an eerie noise that some people describe as sounding "like the screams of a human baby."

Another couple of internet "facts" about camel spiders: they can grab onto a camel's belly, shoot a numbing chemical in, then eat the camel's stomach without the camel even knowing the spider is there. Much, much worse— the foot-long monster can do pretty much the same thing to a soldier who is asleep, except they crawl onto and deaden the soldier's face, and then they eat that!

I love the internet. Where else could you get a more fascinating, horrible, absolutely false story? Please don't believe all your email, folks.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.

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