The website Gemstars reports today the story of a man in Germany who lost his wedding ring, only to find it in a place he never expected to discover it in.
The 82-year-old, a keen gardener, was said to have been in his yard in the small town of Bad Münstereifel a few years ago, when he found to his horror that his wedding band had slipped from his finger and gone missing. Fearful for any possible impact losing the jewellery would have on his marriage, he searched everywhere for it, but to no avail. He eventually gave up the search, and assumed his ring was gone for good.
Three years later, the man pulled up some carrots he had been growing for his kitchen. One of the carrots was found to have something shiny and golden wrapped around it, in the manner of a corset, causing the carrot to be deformed. It was the exact same wedding ring the gardener lost all those years ago. Though his wife had passed away some time after he lost the ring, she told him that one day he would find it again. Six months after her death, he struck gold, rediscovering a lost memento of his many happy years of marriage.
Currently in the UK, it is now spider season, when thousands of arachnids decide to pay a visit to homes and offices up and down the land, looking for shelter and a female companion. Cue loads of unexpected encounters between spider and human, and inevitably ends up with a final meeting with the sole of a well-aimed slipper amid plenty of screaming.
Sheds are another good place for spiders to call home. The dark and cool interior with its inviting nooks and crannies is practically the Costa del Spider for any homeless creepy-crawly looking for a silky hammock for the next few nights. But now our friends will have to find somewhere else to put their eight feet up after a revolutionary new spider-proof shed hits the market this autumn.
The shed, launched by Tiger Sheds, is the first of its kind in the world, and features the latest in spider-repellent features. It boasts toughened and sealed glass windows, to keep out the large numbers of spiders that enter human buildings via them, and silicone-sealed joints to dissuade any spider lucky enough to get past the Fort Knox style windows from settling down. The sheds are also painted sky-blue and come smelling sweetly of peppermint, citrus and insecticide, all of which are repulsive to spiders.
The shed was designed after a survey of Britons found that twenty-five per cent of them were too scared to nip into their sheds for fear of meeting a spider.
The new shed not only works to keep arachnids out, but also had the added advantage of keeping its contents cobweb-free, so DIY fanatics will no longer have to fight through spider silk Indiana Jones style every time they need the drill.
This amazing new revolution in spider-proof outhousing will not come cheap though. Arachnophobes will have to fork out £2,000, but perhaps it is well worth it if you don’t fancy a date with Aragog.
The anti-spider features include:
– All joints silicone sealed to ensure no gaps and cracks
– Airtight windows with toughened glass and an airtight door with special draft seal to ensure there’s no way for creepy crawlies to sneak in
– Interior lined with spider repellent lining paper to stop spiders coming in through the cladding
– Sky blue exterior cladding, a colour that’s proven to repel spiders
– Heavy duty polyester backed felt roof to keep bugs and water out
– A fun ‘No Spiders allowed’ sign to ensure everyone knows it’s a spider-free zone.
For those who really want to maximise the spider repelling potential of their shed, Tiger Sheds are also offering some additional extras including:
– Impregnated wood – option to have the wood the shed is constructed from impregnated with peppermint, citrus and insecticide (scents which are proven to repel eight-legged creatures)
– A ‘creepy crawly den’, which is a specially designed box that is dark inside and comes complete with holes and cracks for spiders to crawl into that sits beside the shed and attracts spiders away from the outbuilding and into it instead
– A ‘pest test’ carried out every six months by a fully trained member of the Tiger Sheds team, who will carefully inspect your spider–proofshed to ensure that no spiders have made it inside, if that is even possible.
Hannah Moore, a spokesperson for Tiger Sheds, said: “We’d had several requests for a spider–proof shed from people too afraid to venture into their outbuildings in case spiders were lurking, so we decided to conduct some research into how many Brits this fear actually affected.
“Surprisingly, a quarter of those surveyed admitted they avoid their sheds and outbuildings due to a fear of spiders.
“Obviously we wanted to help these people and make them feel comfortable enough to enter their sheds once more, which is why we decided to create the world’s first spiderproofshed.
“We spent a lot of time researching spider deterrents and liaised with numerous arachnid experts to come up with the product, which we’re confident will keep spiders out.
“We hope this new product helps arachnophobes across the country enjoy their garden sheds once more!”
Britain is home to more than 600 species of spider, some of which are capable of biting humans. Some, such as the non-native false widow spiders, have been accused of putting people in hospital, but fortunately no British spider possesses venom that is fatal to humans.