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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

AP: Doctor finds spiders in ear of boy with earache

by Ken Newquist / May 7, 2007

Given the history of spider urban legends, this is sure to mutate into its own horrifying story in about, oh, 20 minutes. According to this Associated Press story (which includes a photo of the kid holding up a jar with the drowned spiders in it and quotes from the doctor involved), 9-year-old Jesse Courtney of Albany, Oregon complained of hearing crackling and popping noises in his ear. When the doctor flushed his ear out, two spiders -- one of them still alive -- came tumbling out. There's no explanation in the story of how the spiders got there in the first place, but don't worry -- I'm sure some hoaxer out there is whipping up one as I write this.