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Scared stiff by spider

A mother was scared stiff after opening a bunch of supermarket bananas and finding rare spiders whose bite can give a man a painful four-hour erection.

Maria Layton (43), from Bristol, England, spotted the arachnids after opening the bag of fruit she bought from Tesco. She found the bananas, shipped from Costa Rica, were infested with eggs from the Brazilian Wandering Spider - the most deadly in the world. They started to hatch so she quickly put them in a sealed container in the freezer and called Tesco customer services. The species is deadly and its venom can kill a human in just two hours - but can also give male victims a four-hour erection.

Its venom is currently being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatments.

Jumping whale death

A 35-year-old Canadian woman died from injuries suffered when a surfacing gray whale crashed onto a tourist boat, Mexican authorities have said.

The Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office said the collision with the whale about a mile from the beach resort of Cabo San Lucas threw the victim into the water. The woman was in a tourist boat returning to port around noon when the whale jumped from the water and landed on the boat.

Whole in one

Golfers at a course in Florida were careful to putt around a large alligator, days after it was photographed lounging on the edge of the green in an image that went viral on Facebook.

A women's tournament went on as planned at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, on Florida's west coast, as the alligator, estimated at 12 to 13 feet long, reposed in full view of about 100 participants, said Mickie Zada, the club's general manager."If we stopped playing because of alligators, we'd never have golfers," Ms Zada said.

Tweet rage

Have you ever sent a tweet in anger? So many people have admitted to social media "rage" that some experts are now classing it as a syndrome. A survey of 1,000 social network users in the UK found that 84pc, admitted they become more easily exasperated, annoyed and enraged at others when online than they would in person. And 35pc said they had posted a reply, comment or tweet in anger that they later regretted. Online journal site Pencourage, which commissioned the survey, said the result didn't surprise them.

Irish Independent