PostADay Prompt November 8th – Embrace the Ick: Think of something that truly repulses you. Hold that thought until your skin squirms. Now, write a glowing puff piece about its amazing merits.

When I saw this prompt my initial response was to find something else to blog about because I couldn’t think of anything suitable. But then it hit me.


I hate spiders… They’re just disgusting. All those legs. That way they move. And the horrible way they just hang around in corners waiting for you.


Congratulations, prompt, I am truly repulsed. Skin squirming, as per the doctor’s orders. And now to embrace the ick…

Spiders are amazing creatures.

The silk of a spider is ridiculously strong. It’s comparable to steel in it’s strength, though you wouldn’t imagine that when you manage to get spider web stuck to your face when you walk into the shed looking for your lawnmower. But don’t think of that as disgusting or creepy, think of it as the very beginning’s of an extraordinary piece of armour! On top of that its density is so low that you could encircle the globe with only half a kilos worth of spider silk. And of course, it’s tough enough to withstand the spiders struggling prey.

A spider web is a truly marvellous piece of architecture. Even I can admit that they can be truly beautiful, especially on a cool morning, dusted with diamond dew drops. Spider webs are perfect for their purpose. As I said above, they have the strength to withstand the struggling of the arachnid’s prey. They are subtle; being so fine, they are difficult to see, making them wonderful traps.

Spiders are also horrible things horribly useful creatures, because they limit the number of pests. How do they do this? By eating them. They catch flies and wasps and other things in their perfectly built webs spun from their unbelievably strong silk. And then they eat them. By this means, the population of such buzzy, stingy, bitey, fly-y things are kept under control.

All in all, spiders are quite, um… useful?

That’s about all the praise I can muster. My skin may crawl away in protest if I don’t end this now.

In conclusion: don’t talk to spiders, children. They secretly want to tie you up in their webs and eat you.

Do you agree that spiders, though useful, are horrible? What things repulse you?