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.
by Ken Newquist / May 7, 2007