On average, how many spiders does a sleeping person swallow in a year?
A commonly held myth states a sleeping person will swallow eight or more spiders yearly. According to arachnid curators at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, this myth isn’t true. There is no evidence that people swallow even one spider while sleeping. The myth flies in the face of the known facts of human and spider biology. In fact, it is highly unlikely that a spider would ever willingly crawl into a person’s mouth. Because of our size, spiders see humans as just part of the landscape, according to the former president of the American Arachnological Society. So, sleep easy; no spiders are crawling down your gullet while you’re dreaming. Source: ScientificAmerican.com
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is a natural history museum in Seattle, Washington, in the United States. Established in 1899 as the Washington State Museum, it traces its origins to a high school naturalist club formed in 1879.