Came across this in the paper–

Albany, Oregon:

A nine-year-old boy heard a popping in his ear. Got an earache, went to the doctor. Doc found out that a PAIR of spiders had made themselves at home in his ear. The kid was hearing them walk across his eardrum.


The doctor irrigated (flushed) the ear and one spider came out, dead. The other spider needed a second flush before it came out, still kicking.

Jesse Courtney, the boy, was given the spiders as a souvenier to take to show and tell.

Please, Lord. Anything but that.



  1. Gina H

    I can’t even think straight after reading that.

  2. Suzanne

    I saw that on the news online. Yuck. I can’t even imagine, maybe that is why I sleep with the sheet voering my ear?

  3. BJ

    Well, in spite of your warning, Angie, I *did* read it! I didn’t see the warning until *after* I read the post!

    Do you know what the heebie-jeebies are? No? Well, remind me to explain after I can think straight again.

    And after I rush out to buy some earplugs!



  4. ~ Brandilyn Collins

    Hey. I was gonna put this story on MY blog. After all, I’m the one who wrote about spiders.

    Next time, check with the suspense writer first, huh?

    Now I got to go find me an article about elevators …

  5. Linda G

    The doctor is a friend of mine,
    we went to high school together.
    He’s a great Christian doctor.

  6. Ane Mulligan

    You made me shudder. I hate spiders. I can handle snakes, but NOT spiders!!! Ick. Let Brandilyn have them.

  7. Christine Lynxwiler

    I’m with you, Ane. I can handle snakes (not literally, but I tolerate them if I have to) but can’t STAND spiders. EW! Thanks to my curiosity, (had to know what BJ shouldn’t read) I’m probably in for a lot of shuddering today as I remember this entry. Hope you bought stock in an earplug business before you posted, Angie! LOL.


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