"Rice Krispies" noise in boy's ear turns out to be nesting spiders. (EWW Gross!)

@judyt00 (3505)
Canada
May 7, 2007 12:56pm CST
"ALBANY, Oregon (AP) - These guys were not exactly Snap, Crackle and Pop. What began as a faint popping in a 9-year-old boy's ear - "like Rice Krispies" - ended up as an earache, and the doctor's diagnosis was that a pair of spiders made a home in the ear. "They were walking on my eardrums," Jesse Courtney said. One of the spiders was still alive after the doctor flushed the fourth-grader's left ear canal. His mother, Diane Courtney, said her son insisted he kept hearing a faint popping in his ear - "like Rice Krispies." Dr. David Irvine said it looked like the boy had something in his ear when he examined him. When he irrigated the ear, the first spider came out, dead. The other spider took a second dousing before it emerged, still alive. Both were about the size of a pencil eraser. Jesse was given the spiders - now both dead - as a souvenir. He has taken them to school and his mother has taken them to work. " Can you imagine how you wouldect to this?
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
8 May 07
I couldn't imagine what that must of felt like for him. Especially after finding out that it was spiders in his ears. That is nasty.I am however wondering why spiders would build their home in the ear?
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@judyt00 (3505)
• Canada
8 May 07
Its warm, its dry, its a nice enclosed space. Spiders love places like that
• United States
7 May 07
I can't imagine having something like that making it's home in my ear. I believe I would really freak out if that had happened to me. Yikes! That would have been horrible if the spiders decided to become aggrevated in some manner and bit something inside that boy's ear. Oi, I don't even want to imagine that pain that would have caused. Though it makes me wonder how often this boy's ears were being cleaned out in the first place.
@judyt00 (3505)
• Canada
7 May 07
You aren't supposed to clean out kids ears! all that sebum actually keeps theear healthy
• United States
8 May 07
Well that's the first time I have heard that, but anyway I have to clean out my kids' ears otherwise they end up with bad earaches. When I had them checked out the doctor told me it was from to much build up of ear wax. And since I have been cleaning like the doctor said for me to do every other day, they haven't had an earache since.
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@sunshine4 (8712)
• United States
7 May 07
That is the creepiest thing I have ever heard!! Yuck! Where did these spiders come from to nest in his ear? Oh... I am totally grossed out with this one.
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@judyt00 (3505)
• Canada
7 May 07
My skin is still crawling after reading it
@mememama (3077)
• United States
9 May 07
eww that just makes me shudder. I'm really afraid of spiders so this would just freak me out if this happened to me or my son. I am laughing that he's keeping them, imagine the "ooohs" he'll get at sharing time at school.
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@5000ml (1924)
• Belgium
8 May 07
This is something new, how horrible! I did hear in the past about a bug crawling into a girl's ear, but never spiders, how gross!
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@crlynjn (27)
• United States
8 May 07
I read this story yesterday actually. I am terrified of spiders anyway, but this story. I would have fainted and thought about moving. OOHH...I have nightmares about this kind of thing happening.
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@dawnrm69 (1174)
• United States
8 May 07
To me this was bad I know he had to be uncomfortable and I wondered how the spiders got in without him feeling anything. I am glad they got them out and with no damage to his ears.
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@nicolec (2674)
• United States
8 May 07
This makes my skin crawl. How could this happen? I mean was the boy out camping somewhere? Is their home that infested? Imagine the odds of this. Yuk.
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@nancyrowina (3852)
8 May 07
That is horrible, why would you want to keep them as souvenir? I think I'd need therapy. I certainly wouldn't want to take them home to show people I can't imagine why anyone would.
• Philippines
8 May 07
Yes, Ive watch it here in the news last night up to now i am still wondering how it enters into the ear of that young boy, i was shock and I cannot imagine? Lots of ideas are running into my mind on how did it enters there? Was it an egg and was just hatch there... Or did it crawl there while he was slepping? Still i dont know.. How bout you my friends what do you think had happen...
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• United States
7 May 07
I would freak out i am deathly afraid of spiders ever since i was bitten by a black widdow one years ago i have never been that sick!
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• United States
7 May 07
Oh my word! That is so nasty. I can't believe that spiders can nest in your ear. I would be so freaked out if I were him and not want spiders near me ever again. I'm scared of spiders anyways I couldn't imagine how freaked I would be if they nested in my ear!
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