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The lesson: stay away from museums.

December 8, 2012

The Smithsonian: more dangerous than outer space.

Nefertiti, a spider that traveled 42 million miles through space before returning to Earth in October, died after being sent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

nefertiti the space spiderDied young, too. Two whole months younger than average. See, that’s why I don’t go to museums. Cuts your life expectancy almost 17%.

The experiment was designed to determine if a spider dependent on gravity for catching its meals would be able to adapt and eat in micro gravity.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera , the spider was able to hunt down fruit flies in her sealed space environment on the International Space Station. The spider managed to survive despite a miscalculation on the amount of food needed for the mission.

Must’ve been one of those flights that got stuck on the runway.

The Johnson jumping spider (species Phidippus johnsoni). arrived at the Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo this past Thursday. By, Monday it had expired.

Okay, so maybe the lesson is: don’t spend the weekend at the museum.

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