New York Post — Three young Bolivian brothers were hospitalized after getting a black widow spider to bite them — thinking it would turn them into Spider-Man, according to officials.
The Marvel-loving siblings — aged 12, 10 and 8 — found the spider while herding goats in Chayanta, a Ministry of Health official revealed at coronavirus briefing Saturday, according to Telemundo.
Thinking it would give them superhero powers, they prodded it with a stick until it bit each of them in turn, the official, Virgilio Pietro, said.
If you leave your 8-, 10-, and 12-year-olds alone to herd the goats, there's a fair chance you're going to have to deal with black widow bites from them trying to become some sort of Spider-Man triumvirate. That's just the way it goes.
They unfortunately forgot the part where the spider needs to be radioactive, but it was a solid attempt. As far as chances you're going to get to potentially become Spider-Man, you can't let that opportunity of coming across a black widow get away. If the risk/reward is become Spider-Man but maybe get seriously injured, I'd say that's a chance worth taking.
The boys were successfully treated at the hospital and are going to be fine. They have not reported any noticeable supernatural abilities at this time.