Angolan Witch Spider Is Fake! 'Giant' Spider Photo Continues To Frighten Thousands Despite Being Debunked [PHOTO]
By Jesse Lent | March 18, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
The Angolan witch spider photo that terrified thousands of arachnophobic Facebook users continues to be one of the most searched subjects on the internet, despite being proven to be a fake last month.
Like Us on Facebook
"This image is just a bit of digital fakery," reads a post from the urban legend-debunking website Snopes.com on February 8. "There is no species of arachnid called the Angolan witch spider and even the world's largest spiders aren't nearly as big as the one pictured."
The world's largest spiders are generally no larger than 12 inches in diameter and will typically fit into the hand of any adult male strange enough to want to hold a giant poisonous spider.
Buffalo, N.Y. artist and musician Paul Santa Maria took credit for the photo trickery, using a photo of a (relatively) small wolf spider to create the image.
Santa Maria teaches music theory, guitar and bass guitar at Guitar Haven, in Melbourne, Fla. and has recorded with jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, according to his website, Artofpencil.com.
"My true forte is as a lead guitarist and fine artist," reads Santa Maria's artist statement. "I am known as a creative, jazz-fusion type of player and composer. I have 20 CD's of original material spanning my commercial work to songs for women singers with whom I have collaborated called 'Gurl Crazy', to country songs for my group 'Timbercats.' I write scary music under the 'Sinister Scores' title and 'Mad Scientist' names. 'Intellipop' is what it sounds like, intelligent pop music composed over the years that nearly landed me deals with Arista and Columbia."
© 2015 KpopStarz. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Tagged : world news
Latest Photo Gallery
Concert / Event 11.30.15 | 01:02PM EST
Take a listen to the 32 artists nominated for 2015 Artist of the Year at the upcoming Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Stars on TV / Movies 11.30.15 | 12:43PM EST
The new program seeks to form a new multi-agency K-pop girl group.
Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 11.30.15 | 12:07AM EST
BTS have officially begun their 2015 comeback promotions with a new music video for title track "Run."
Fashion & Style 11.30.15 | 01:48PM EST
Jay Park appeared in the December issue of The Celebrity and revealed his free-spirited approach to hip-hop because of the creative control he exercises over his music.