PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.
This submission is currently being researched & evaluated!
You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.
Spiders Georg is a fictional character that was created on Tumblr as a joke about a false statistic regarding the average number of spiders a person may consume each year.
According to Snopes, a myth claiming that “the average person swallows eight spiders per year” originated from a 1954 collection of common misconceptions regarding insect folklore. In 1993, the claim was reprinted in an article written by columnist Lisa Holst in PC Professional, which contained a list of false statements mocking misinformation that had been circulating in a viral e-mail. The false factoid subsequently circulated widely across the Internet as truth. On January 9th, 2013, Tumblr user Max Lavergne submitted a blog post about the often-quoted factoid, asserting that people eating “three spiders a year” is actually a statistical error due to a man named “Spiders Georg” who consumes “over 10,000” of the arachnids each day.
“average person eats 3 spiders a year" factoid actualy (sic) just statistical error. average person eats 0 spiders per year. Spiders Georg, who lives in cave & eats over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted”
On March 13th, 2013, the Spiders-Georg Tumblr blog was launched, featuring posts written from the perspective of the fictional spider-eating character. On May 16th, Tumblr user Jdniemand submitted a blog post arguing that Spiders Georg would actually have to eat “over fifty-seven million spiders per day” to cause the statistical error averaging to three spiders per person on the entire Earth. On June 15th, a Facebook page titled “Spiders Georg” was created, which highlighted a poster featuring actor Nicolas Cage as Spiders Georg paired with a camel spider (shown below).
On August 20th, Redditor brostrider quoted Lavergne’s Tumblr post in the comment section of a submission to the /r/todayilearned subreddit. The following day, Lavergne highlighted a screenshot of the comment, which gathered upwards of 38,800 notes in the next year (shown below). On November 17th, The Daily Dot published an article about the fictional character’s Internet popularity.
There are no videos currently available.