What If You Swallowed the Most Venomous Spider

What If You Swallowed the Most Venomous Spider

It’s been said that a person swallows about
eight spiders in their sleep every year. This person should be located and stopped
right now! While that story may or may not be true, it’s
enough to make me want to swear off sleeping for the rest of my life. Or wear a space helmet to bed. But, it makes a kind of sense. Spiders like warm dark places and the inside
of your mouth sure fits that description. Gross as it sounds, if the story’s true,
it seems to be mostly harmless. But what if it wasn’t? What if you swallowed a spider that wasn’t
just venomous, but the most toxic spider in the world? Oh, and please, please, don’t try this at
home. Or at work, or the skating rink, or the mall
or anywhere else for that matter. Do not eat live venomous spiders! Was I clear enough? Okay. This hairy little monster is known as the
Sydney funnel-web spider, or “Atrax robustus” if you want to show off. It, like way, way, way too many of planet
Earth’s other most dangerous wildlife, hales from the continent of Australia. G’day mate! Incidentally, when exactly did we decide to
make Australia a tourist destination? Even their cutest animal, the Koala, can have
an aggressive side. And kangaroos? Those overgrown rodents may look graceful
and majestic, but their legs aren’t just for hopping. It wouldn’t be a vacation for the faint
of heart, to say the least. At least with kangaroos, you have to drive
deep into the outback and go out of your way to make them angry. The Atrax, meanwhile, is more than willing
to do house calls. Their natural habitat may be the underside
of rocks and fallen trees, but the Sydney funnel-web is just as at home in yours! Assuming your home is within a hundred miles
of Sydney, Australia. If not, I have some great news! If so, well, I guess you could always move. The good news is that at up to two inches
in length and notoriously skittish, you’re unlikely to swallow one of these by accident. I also have a hard time believing someone
would eat one voluntarily. So, what would happen if you chowed down on
the most dangerous spider in the world? Well, that’s going to depend if it’s still
up and about when it goes down your gullet. The Sydney funnel-web can hold its breath
for over a day, in some cases surviving underwater for up to thirty hours. With that in mind, I wouldn’t place any bets
on it running out of air on the way down. In this case, your biggest concern would be
the possibility for the spider to bite you on the way down. Atrax really don’t like to be handled, and
their fangs are large and powerful enough to punch a hole in your fingernail. Making matters worse, (like they could be
worse) the Atrax isn’t a bite and run kind of spider. It will dig in its’s fangs and hold on for
the ride. The Atrax’s venom is a special kind of nasty,
attacking its prey’s nervous system. Symptoms will begin within minutes as the
neurotoxin starts shorting out your nerves. After being bitten, your heart will start
beating rapidly as your blood pressure spikes through the roof. This is followed by breathing trouble, muscle
spasms, and numbness around the mouth. Finally, the venom begins to attack the brain,
causing disorientation and eventually loss of consciousness. In as little as fifteen minutes after the
initial bite… Well, you know. If you were looking to kick a bucket , now’s
the time. Now, if the bite is on your foot or hand,
you can buy yourself a bit of time by tying a tourniquet around the injured limb. Once that’s done, you must seek medical help
immediately. You’re in for anywhere from two to twelve
injections depending on the severity of your symptoms. The good news is that it’ll probably feel
like being poked with a wet noodle compared to the bite itself. Wait, is that good news? Eh, moving on. Unfortunately, a tourniquet isn’t going to
do you any favors if the bite is inside your throat. I suppose it isn’t that strange to want to
risk it all on dangerous foods. After all, people will fly across the ocean
and spend thousands of dollars for a single bite of Fugu fish, the meal so hazardous that
the Emperor of Japan is banned from eating it. What about you, viewers? Care to ride the fugu tsunami? They say it’s carefully regulated, but I’m
not sure I want to take that chance. Why don’t you tell me in the comments whether
I need to grow a backbone or if this whole thing seems a little fishy to you. Anyway, let’s say you managed to wrangle
a Sydney funnel-web into your mouth without getting bitten. What happens then? Surprisingly, not as much as you might think. A spider is just a tiny cow with twice the
legs and way too many eyes. And fangs, I guess. And a segmented thorax and abdomen. Okay, they’re not very much like a cow,
but you can milk them! My point is that meat is meat as far as your
stomach is concerned, and spiders can be digested just as easily as anything else. But what about the poison? It’s still in your body, isn’t it? Well, first off, there’s a difference between
poison and venom. The average person may use the terms interchangeably,
but that’s the kind of mislabeling that will make a biologist pull their hair out. You should try saying it in front of one. It’s very funny. For the record, something is poisonous if
you get sick from eating it, and venomous if you get sick from being bitten. There may be a lot of venomous spiders, but
no one’s ever found one that’s poisonous. Venom is dangerous if it gets in your blood,
but harmless if swallowed; although I have no idea why or how anyone would end up doing
so. Maybe they found an unlabeled bottle in a
lab somewhere? Then again, they don’t usually let small
children into labs, and I can’t think of anyone else who’d willingly ingest a vial
of mysterious science juice. Even if our hypothetical spider muncher happens
to have a stomach ulcer, they’re probably in the clear. Your stomach is basically just a big bag full
of hydrochloric acid and the mucus that keeps it from digesting itself. The former will quickly dissolve all the proteins
in the spider’s venom, rendering it inert upon contact. Hooray! That means any “epic dare” videos I really
hope we didn’t just inspire, have a chance of going smoothly. Again, please don’t do this at home. Or anywhere else. Although, there are a few members of your
household that could get away with this kind of reckless behavior. I’m talking about your dog, the animal voted
most likely to eat things that aren’t food. As it turns out, most mammals are entirely
immune to the Atrax’s venom. Only invertebrates and primates are vulnerable,
anything else gets off with the equivalent of a bee sting. Cats, dogs, and frogs? No problem. You, me, and a monkey named Pete? A trip to the hospital or worse. Funnily enough, if a beetle gets bitten, it
has the opposite effect. Instead of having muscle spasms, insects and
arachnids will be completely paralyzed. Some might take this to mean the spiders don’t
want to hurt humans. But I can’t help but feel like all the creepy
crawlies of Australia want humans off its shores yesterday, and are bending over backward
to make that happen. Does that make me paranoid? Yes. Yes it does. But that’s a whole different video. Hey, if you learned something new today, please
don’t go out and try it, instead give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

Randy Schultz

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51 thoughts on “What If You Swallowed the Most Venomous Spider

  1. BRIGHT SIDE says:

    Which creature do you fear the most? 😖

  2. Craziest_Chris says:

    I had fugu… It's pretty good

  3. Awesomestarwi Gaming says:

    If u search kangaroos 🦘 fighting ooohh it will be bad

  4. Gacug Gamer says:

    does this man not realize that the most toxic spider is the BRAZILIAN WANDERING SPIDER?

  5. KYLER BRO10 says:

    Real Title: What if you swallowed a daddy long leg?

  6. Diamond and Starlight says:

    Me: Sees the title
    Also Me: who in the right mind-

  7. AV1711 says:

    I did it

  8. Jigz Villanueva says:


  9. Ary anna says:

    Omg I if I swallow it I die

  10. Yasmo Power says:

    I can’t sleep now😣😖😭😰 that made me scared but I live in the Isle of Man luckily it’s most peaceful ever and there are only normal harmless spiders 🕷🕸 I’ll sleep soon hopefully😅

  11. Little Drake says:


  12. Sarah Lizy says:

    Which one Brightside, The infographics show, be amazed

  13. SubZeros Hyper says:

    I saw smn do a experiment would a spider go in your mouth and it actually wont it would just go over your mouth and then probably walk away

  14. Thee Bazzza says:

    Jokes on you, Australia isn’t real.

  15. xingxing123425 :P says:

    I’m never going to Australia now

  16. shadow master says:

    Stop being a wimp and eat the freaking spider

  17. shadow master says:

    Who knows you might turn into spider Man

  18. Kalisto PLAY'S says:

    Team tree donate to the website so we can grow 20 million trees

  19. Ruby Lombax says:

    I’m literally going to Sydney in just over a month so this has made me a little paranoid tbh

  20. WWE says:

    make a vid of what if a bug went right up your nose

  21. Tay meh Boi says:

    I want some mysterious science juice

  22. Doggie says:

    My mom hates it when I ask what if questions. Bright side is okay sometimes.

  23. Fernando Le says:

    I'm eating, thanks for ruining my meal

  24. kaleen Sibley says:

    as far as I know that it not real as far as I know

  25. Dima GameZZZ says:

    “Bright side”
    Since when?

  26. Liam Gordon says:

    Spiders dont go in your mouth they find it as a threat and wont jump in. Hope I relieved your anxiety Have a good night

  27. Luke Peters says:

    Shows most dangerous creatures bright side show kangaroo.

  28. DrearMeteor 8535 says:

    "People swallow about 8 spiders a year"

    Me: So that explains what my teacher said about Ketchup-

  29. Declan Rafferty says:

    I live in Australia NSW Sydney.

  30. Korie Connor says:

    Your lying about Australia

  31. y/n lifeu says:

    Me: *reads the title

    Also me: Why would you😂

  32. ᖇᗩIᑎEᗪ KIᔕᔕ says:

    I think we all know not even to touch spiders.

  33. Corban Lacy says:

    Where me Aussies at?

  34. Sweet Delinquent says:

    1:17 not meaning to sound rude but come on! Really? It’s a beautiful country with beautiful beaches and locations, Not to mention the cultural events because it’s a multicultural place, It’s warm, Really warm but still amazing. Like you said it has really dangerous animals but maybe if idiots didn’t walk up to some of them it wouldn’t be dangerous. Of course some animals/insects will bite without being provoked but Australia is an amazing place for vacation!

  35. richan and drew says:

    Mean you are fragment

  36. kel c says:

    Bright side,you need to grow a backbone and STOP DOIND PUNS!!😡

  37. Raven ! says:

    Knock knock

    Whos there joe

    Joe who


  38. Ingrida Aukštuolienė says:

    My cat eats spiders XDD

  39. Nixiienixroy says:

    Im a aussie its really nice its only summer snakes come

  40. Roblox tawan Kunlacha says:

    This now So CRAZY

  41. IS7AHAN says:

    Jokes on you I don't live in Australia

  42. gracey cords says:

    Good thing i dont open my mouth while sleeping

  43. Krisha Arya says:

    I will not die when I swallowed this spider but I would definitely die due to heart attack in thought of that I have swallowed SPIDER.😨😩😵😶😶

  44. Ken Lajara says:

    I was expecting the spider to be digested by hydrohloric acid from the stomach

  45. Estnoob Nintendo says:


  46. potato and cookie girl UwU says:

    I live in Australia, i have never come acros one of these spiders. No one in my family have come across one of these spiders. We have a family farm and my dad works in gardens and stuff. So its ither my family is extremely lucky or theres not comen comen but they are definitely around. Fun fact, if you come to australia we have some spiders that can bite through very thick matiroals if there not mettle or something. I think if i was visiting from anouther country i would try learn a bit about the area. In fact i would do that for anywhere. Better safe than sorry! 😊

  47. Toni Rosander says:


  48. Jovy Jean Gumabon says:


  49. Toni Rosander says:

    Love the middle

  50. Surya Suraj says:

    Where is Arnold

  51. EvieCookiies says:

    I mean..

    Who would eat the most toxic spider?

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