You’ve probably heard that every year, the average person swallows six (or three, or eight) spiders while they’re asleep. The statistic is completely invented, not to mention impossible to prove under lab conditions. However, at some point after this old urban legend went viral on chain emails and “little-known facts” lists, the Internet found its own explanation for all those accidentally swallowed arachnids: Spiders Georg.
Georg originates from a text post from Tumblr user Max Lavergne:
“average person eats 3 spiders a year” factoid actualy just statistical error. average person eats 0 spiders per year. Spiders Georg, who lives in cave & eats over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted”
For whatever reason, the idea of Spiders Georg began to spread. Over 90,000 Tumblr notes later, he’s taken hold like a kind of Weird Internet remora, following in the wake of the bigger but significantly less interesting spider-swallowing “fact” meme. People dream about him. They’ve run the math on just how many spiders Georg would have to eat to make the statistic accurate. Spiders Georg is even reportedly interfering in people’s sex lives. [READ MORE]