I am a big supporter of Snopes.com, a website devoted entirely to exposing the truth behind urban legends, email forwards, and other internet facts that get circulated so much that we begin to think they're true. If I ever get a forward that makes me say “NO WAY!” or “SHUT. UP.”, I head to Snopes to see if there really is no way or if it really should shut up.
It's enlightening--try it.
Now I don't know what makes me trust Snopes implicity, but I guarantee they do more research than I ever would on my own. And I respect someone that works harder than I do. And I recently started to respect them more after reading this story:
Oh the irony. A woman clearly writes that she’s making up the fact that we eat 8 spiders a year, and next thing you know I’m hearing it from a friend in college. She believed it and so did I. But Snopes? They didn't. They did their homework and now they're letting me sleep better at night.
So if in doubt, brothers and sisters, check out Snopes. It will save you from needless worry and spider eating. Trust me.