Australian Woman Grudgingly Gives Ride to Enormous, Freeloading Spider

Australia is home to lots of adorable furry things, like wombats and koalas and platypus, but it’s also home to some absolute horrors that crawled straight from Satan’s toilet for no reason other than to terrorize humans. This is a video about the latter group.


Bianca Merrick was driving to her house in Coffs Harbour on Friday when she noticed an enormous spider clinging to the visor above her head, its legs the length of sour straws and its body the size of a Swiss Army knife.

But instead of driving off a cliff or pulling over and lighting the car on fire, Merrick just kept on going. She and her guest passed the time listening to some jams (Linkwood’s “Tears”), with Merrick only occasionally turning the camera around to swear into it. As she told Storyful:

“I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me,” Merrick said. “I considered stopping but I didn’t know how I’d get it out of the car, so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasn’t there for the longest 20 minutes of my life.

“When I got home I slowly got out of the car, locked the door, went to sleep and pretended that it never happened. I checked the car next [day], armed with bug spray and a broom but there was no spider to be found.”

That is because it opened the car door and politely excused itself back into the wild, and not because it’s laying a family of mini-monsters under an arm rest as we speak.


In 1989, my godmother was taking a shower, when she looked up and saw a huntsman spider roughly the size of a dinner plate right above her head. She thought, ‘no worries, I will just calmly and quietly finish up this shower before he has a chance to move.’ Right at that moment, the Newcastle earthquake stuck, rattling the ever-loving shit out of her house and freaking out the gigantic spider. It jumped straight into her face