Hoping to Gain Superpowers, Bolivian Boys Let Black Widow Spider Bite Them


In a bizarre story out of Bolivia, a trio of children required hospitalization after they let a black widow spider bite them in an attempt to acquire superpowers. The strange incident reportedly occurred earlier this month in the town of Chayanta. Tasked with grazing goats on their property, the three kids stumbled upon the poisonous arachnid, which let to a conversation about the iconic origin story of the famed comic book character Spider-Man.

Wondering if perhaps, like Peter Parker, they would be blessed with fantastic powers by way of a bite from a spider, the youngsters decided to put the story to the test. Taking turns, they agitated the creature just enough so that it struck each one of them. Alas, as one might expect, the youngsters were not transformed into crime-fighting superheroes and, instead, found themselves becoming incredibly sick from the spider's powerful poison.

More on this strange story at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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