Here's How NOT to Become Spiderman
Three young boys wound up hospitalized after letting a Black Widow spider bite them. The reason why they let themselves get bit -- they wanted to have powers like Spider-Man.
The New York Post reported that the three superhero-loving brothers from Bolivia were herding goats when they came across the eight-legged creature, according to Virgilio Pietro, a Ministry of Health official. The boys, ages 12, 10, and 8, then provoked it with a stick until it attacked each of them with a bite.
Although the children all completely recovered and were discharged from the hospital about a week after the incident, Pietro used it as a teaching moment for parents, explaining that "for children everything is real, movies are real."
The venom from Black Widows can create "muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult," according to National Geographic. It's only typically lethal to children, the elderly, or weakened individuals.
While the spiders are some of the most feared, they only bite, as the outlet notes, when they feel threatened...like after being poked with a stick.