A new study suggests that females are genetically disposed to fear spiders and other dangerous critters — but not born that way. Baby girls can rapidly learn to fear creepy-crawlies. Or read messages in webs. [New Scientist]
I fucking found a spider in my fucking shoe this morning. Thankfully I saw it before I put the shoe ON, but of course now I've developed a (likely to be lifelong) fear of putting on shoes without turning them upside down and banging them together for 30 seconds first.