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Hi. This is simular to Vaz's Strange reports but this is just for the really disturbing ones that make your skin crawl. Like this one...

A bloke and his family were on holidays in the United States and went to Mexico for a week. An avid cactus fan, the man bought one-metre high,
rare and expensive cactus there. On arrival back home Australian Customs said it must be quarantined for 3 months.

He finally got his cactus home. Planted it in his backyard, and over time it grew to about 2 metres. One evening while watering
his garden after a warm spring day, he gave the cactus a light spray. He was amazed to see the plant shiver all over, he gave it another
spray and it shivered again.
He was puzzled so he rang the council who put him on to the state gardens people. After a few transfers he got the state's foremost
cactus expert who asked him many questions. How tall is it? Has it flowered? Etc.

Finally he asked the most disturbing question. 'Is your family in the house?' The bloke answered yes. The cactus expert said
get out of the house NOW, get on to the front nature strip and wait for me; I will be there in 20 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later, 2 fire trucks, 2 police cars and an ambulance came screaming around the corner. A fireman got out and asked '
Are you the bloke with the cactus?' I am, he said. A guy jumped out of the fire truck wearing what looked like a space suit, a breathing
cylinder and mask attached to what looked like a scuba backpack with a large hose attached. He headed for the backyard and turned a
flame-thrower on the cactus spraying it up and down.

After a few minutes the flame-thrower man stopped, the cactus stood smoking and spitting, half the fence was burnt and parts of
the gardens were well and truly scorched. Just then the cactus expert appeared and laid a calming hand on the bloke's shoulder.
'What the hell's going on?' he says. 'Let me show you' says the cactus man. He went over to the cactus and picked away a crusty bit,
the cactus was almost entirely hollow and filled with tiger striped bird-eating tarantula spiders, each about the size of two hand spans.

The story was that this type of spider lays eggs in this type of cactus and they hatch and live in it as they grow to full size.
When full size they release themselves. The cactus just explodes and about 150 dinner plate sized hairy spiders are flung from it,
dispersing everywhere. They had been ready to pop. The aftermath was that the house and the adjoining houses had to be vacated
and fumigated: police tape was put up outside the whole area and no one was allowed in for two weeks.

And here's what a small one looks like...



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This is an urban legend, it makes the rounds every couple of years. It contains numerous inaccuracies about tarantulas. The Snopes page is probably the best deconstruction of this, here: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/cactus.asp

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fair enough safeinacell! another urban legend busted in the balls by the sledgehammer of commonsense!

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I saw this one on T.V on Urban Myths revealed it was pretty amusing and I would shat my pants if it did happen too me I hate spiders nevermind giant ones !

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I would have died of a heart attack if a dinner sized spider burst out of a cactus in my general area. I fucking HATE spiders.

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I would have died of a heart attack if a dinner sized spider burst out of a cactus in my general area. I fucking HATE spiders.
No,no,no. 150 spiders, silly Wraithlord. I'd have a heart attack so big the next three people next to me would feel it.
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lol my mom has to hear that, she dosnt like spiders at all
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As an aussie with knowledge of how Quarantine works, if it had been "true", the quarantine experts would've found at least one of the eggs during that 3 months. They don't just stick it in a shed for that time. it is monitored.

Secondly, NONE of out official types have flamethrowers. We don't trust any of them with them - some like the idea of burning "questionable material" too much (and the waht is questionable is very variable.).

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urban myth or not thats just creepy and awesome
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