OMG, it’s not an urban legend! Ewww! Snip from the AP:
These guys weren’t 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.
Someone might want to take a closer look at the first “spider” that was extracted. It seems that only one went into his ear, and it went in there to molt. The first “spider” extracted, the floater in the jar of alcohol, appears to be the shed skin of the second one they got out of there, not an acutual spider. Since most spiders are solitary creatures, it’s unlikely that they would live anywhere in close quarters without one killing the other.