Where exactly do you think you live?
My co-host, Jenn Hays, recently had a spider encounter that has captured the hearts and minds of many… at yet, leaves many with questions (many including me). The claim, “the spider was as big as my hand,” is awfully bombastic, and it leaves me wondering… where in Oregon did you see this spider?
Even allowing for somebody just meaning the palm of one’s hand… it’s still ludicrous. This is simply not a part of the world where spiders grow that big. I’ve lived all over Oregon for my whole life, and I’ve seen a lot of spiders. There’s obviously the little guys that you see all over the place. I don’t like ’em either, and I wouldn’t touch them, but I have no problem squishing one with a Kleenex. There’s the Daddy Long-Legs, which seem to have no effect on me… and then there’s the big mamma-jammas.
The cat spiders have that big ass on them. They’re 90% ass. I wouldn’t mess with one of those. But they don’t get as big as your hand.
Wolf spiders (like the one pictured above) can be fast as hell and scary to run across in the wild. That one is the biggest one I’ve ever seen, and as you can see, it’s not even as big as the baby doll hand I set next to it.
And that’s it. Those are the big spiders we have. This isn’t Australia. This isn’t Afghanistan. It isn’t even Colorado (where they apparently have tarantulas?). This is Oregon. And we don’t have spiders “as big as your hand.”
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull