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Misunderstood Spider (also known as “Misunderstood House Spider” or “Spiderbro”) is an advice animal image macro series featuring a macro photograph of a jumping spider sitting on a leaf. The captions typically take the perspective of a benevolent, anthropomorphic spider that is constantly misunderstood and attacked by humans.
The photograph of the jumping spider (shown left) was initially published on the pop culture blog SodaHead in a post titled “Could you kill these spiders?” on March 1st, 2011. One week later on March 7th, the first Misunderstood Spider image macro was submitted to the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit with the caption “Crawling on your arm, squish him / just wanted to cuddle” (shown right).
On March 12th, 2011, Redditor Tron-Gorf submitted a post titled “Misunderstood Spider Can’t Win”, which included an image macro with the caption illustrating the spider’s humorous encounter with the humans. (shown below, left). The post subsequently reached the front page of the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit, receiving over 2,000 up votes and 145 comments prior to being archived.
On October 17th, the Internet humor blog Runt of the Web published a post titled “The Sad World of the Misunderstood House Spider”, which featured a compilation of notable examples from the series. On October 20th, a Facebook page for “Misunderstood Spider” was created. On November 20th, an image macro with a caption illustrating a human’s ungrateful response to a spider killing a wasp (shown above, right) was posted on the Internet humor site 9gag, where it received over 10,000 likes within six months. As of June 12th, 2012, the Quickmeme page has accumulated over 900 submissions
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