Bite of an Alien Space Spider?
November 24, 2012 12:00 PM Subscribe
My dad tells this story about a very, very weird "spider bite" he got as a kid, but it doesn't sound like any spider bite -- ever. What could this have been? Alien implant? Ringworm? Disgusting details inside.
posted by Miss T.Horn to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, when he was about 12 years old, he got what seemed like a bite on the side of his knee -- meaning it had two small holes that looked like fang marks. This was in Toronto in the 1950s. The bite swelled up to about the size of the knee, itself, and was oozing pus. Eventually, by (ew) squeezing the thing, this bloody point appeared, which he pulled -- and which turned out to be a very long sort of string, slightly thinner than a soba noodle and maybe 8 inches long, that he literally pulled out of his knee. After that, the bite healed and went away. This was so weird that he's remembered it his entire life and it's become family lore.
I have never, ever heard of anything like this, in any other context. What kind of spider would deliver such a horrible bite? I suggested that it might have actually been a worm -- maybe he'd played in the dirt with an open cut that got some eggs in it -- but he insists on these two fang marks.
So, what could this have been? Bite experts?