The Loyal Dog and the Stand-Up Spider

With so much bad news this week I thought it best to post something amusing and something heartwarming. The amusing post has to do with a new treatment for erectile dysfunction involving a large spider – I can see queues forming around the block for this treatment when it becomes available – and the heartwarming post is a dog story from Japan.

First, the boinkwurst story. According to the internet’s finest investigators, researchers in Georgia have discovered that a bite from a Brazilian Wandering Spider (aka Phoneutria nigriventer) can cause a four-hour erection.

Dr Kenia Nunes, a physiologist at the Georgia medical college, said: “This is good because we know that some patients don’t respond to the conventional therapy. This could be an optional treatment for them.”

A new definition of the word ‘optional’ I think. Side effects from the bite of the four-inch long spider, besides priapism, include loss of muscle control, severe pain, difficulty breathing and death. Not to mention intense bouts of running and screaming. Or the years of therapy for the unwitting partner who found herself in bed with a dead man and a giant hairy spider. 

Now for the dog story. While filming the destruction wreaked by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast Japan, reporters came across a dog who, in true Lassie style, kept running up to them and begging them to follow. He led them back to his injured mate. Both dogs were rescued and are okay.

The video of the story is here?


Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novel – Resonance (Baen) – can be downloaded for free here. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf 

Recently released from Book View Press: French Fried true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.

International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth. Forget Bruce Willis and his team of miners. Send for the kitties!

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