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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Use your left ear to detect lies
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Angolan Witch Spider

Thankfully spiders don't actually get this large. The largest spiders in the world are only about as big as an adult human's hand.

The above image was created by artist/photographer/musician Paul Santa Maria in 2011 after he snapped a photo of a large wolf spider outside his Florida home. Twenty minutes of photoshopping later, he had transformed the normal-sized spider into a monster almost as large as his house.

The original image of a wolf spider that Paul Santa Marie used to create the hoax photo

He uploaded the photo to his Facebook page, intending it as a bit of photographic humor. He captioned it, "Sure You Want To Move To Florida?"

Within hours the image had gone viral, and soon the Internet had supplied the photo with a new, more alarming caption:
it's a new Spider call the Angolan Witch spider. They migrated from South America. They primarily eat dogs and cats In Texas this abnormally large spider was found on the side of this home. It took several gun shots to kill it.

"Angolan Witch Spider" is a creative name, but there is no such species in reality.

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