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Man Finds A Spider On His Broccoli And Somehow Doesn’t Freak Out And Burn His House Down

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Jacob Vaughn

In the past we have written about spiders that have caused havoc in homes. One was so bad once that the house actually burned down. Some people just don’t like spiders, I get it. I’m not one of those people, but I get it.

Well last week, Jacob Vaughn who lives in Ohio was just trying to be healthy and eat some broccoli. But then he spotted an eight-legged friend, a spider. It wasn’t a friend really though, because it was a black widow which is one of the most venomous spiders.

Jacob Vaughn

Vaughn spoke to WTOL saying, “The spider came out and started waving its hands. [She] did not seem pleased.”

Instead of swatting it with some newspaper, Vaughn was nicer than I would have been. He placed the spider in a plastic bag and talked to Cheryl Garcia who works at Another Chance Sanctuary. Yes this is a feel good story about a spider!

Cheryl spoke to The Dodo and said:

“She looked so frantic. How she managed to survive all the steps that broccoli had to go through before getting to the store is a surprise in itself.”

Jacob Vaughn

Once they got back to the sanctuary and they named the spider Broccoli, fittingly of course.

Garcia said the spider seemed hungry:



“I’ve always had a soft spot for the animals other people might not really care to save. She was extremely hungry. They’re supposed to have that classic big abdomen with the hourglass marking, but she was so skinny you could barely see it.”

So a terrarium was set up for Broccoli and she seemed to be recovering nicely.

“As soon as she realized she wasn’t in danger, she was doing great. She’d already started building a web, and as soon as we offered her some fruit flies, she ate them immediately.”

Jacob Vaughn

Good thing Vaughn was a Good Samaritan to this spider so it can make scary spider babies. I mean live in a world where people save spiders.

If you don’t want spiders around your home just follow these three simple steps.

1. Get a cat! Okay I know, I’m a huge fan of the furry felines, but they will roam your house looking for rodents and insects! Maybe cats will be man’s best friend after they save your life from a spider.

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2. Buy some Eucalyptus plants! According to Natural Living Ideas, Eucalyptus has a menthol-like fragrance which spiders despise. They look pretty cool on top of that!

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3. If the cat and eucalyptus plant don’t work, clean your house with citrus smelling products. It’s just another odor spiders aren’t a fan of.

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