Someone on Facebook is trying to sell 3,000 tarantulas

Did you recently use Facebook to solicit offers for a collection of some 3,000 live spiders that aren’t technically yours? If so, please contact us, because we are dying to hear your story.

What we know is this: Redditor tcatron565, who has yet to reply to requests for verification in this matter, was horrified to discover that some arachnophobe thought to unload the entirety of a massive and mysterious tarantula collection for a single lump sum. The real owner “is away,” probably in prison for running an underground spider-fighting ring. “If you are serious about wanting a LOT of spiders please let me know and we can talk more,” the seller advises.

So, in conclusion, that is way too many (starving?) spiders, and even if this is an elaborate hoax using stock photos, I think we’d all do well to tuck our pants into our socks.

Photo by William Warby/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'