Monday, May 17, 2010

My Friend, You Are Going to Die

A Canadian tourist in New Zealand was bitten in a very sensitive place by the local relative of the Black Widow while he was sleeping. 

Here's the money quote:

"It was a rather nasty, ill-placed bite,” Harrison said. “The man woke to find his penis swollen and painful with a red mark on the shaft suggestive of a bite. He rapidly developed generalized muscle pains, fever, headache, photophobia (light sensitivity) and vomiting."
I'm a pretty heavy sleeper.  Few things that normally happen wake me up, aside from a child crying, glass breaking, or the squeak of one of our exterior doors opening.  But I'm pretty sure that if a spider bit me on my schwanz, I'd wake up before the venom started to take effect.

Just goes to show that before you put any item of clothing on when outdoors, you should shake it out.  I've been surprised to shake scorpions out of my boots in Arizona, and a really hairy looking spider had taken up residence in my socks one morning in Bosnia.  But I can honestly say I've never had anything get close enough to bite me in my junk.

And now a moment of snark:

If you have an erection for more than 4 hours after being bitten by the deadly katipo spider, consult a physician immediately, because this may indicate a condition called 'death', which can lead to a lack of responsiveness, enjoyment of normal activities, and eventually, bad body odor.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

Poor guy...but regarding the snark: Bahahahahahaha!!

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