Don't buy a cactus!

    A true story and its source was the Australian Quarantine Inspection

    Service in Adelaide .

    A bloke and his family were on holidays in the United States and went

    to Mexico for a week. An avid cactus fan, the man bought one-metre

    high, rare and expensive cactus there. On arrival back home Australian

    Customs said it must be quarantined for 3 months.

    He finally got his cactus home. Planted it in his backyard, and over

    time it grew to about 2 metres. One evening while watering his garden

    after a warm spring day, he gave the cactus a light spray. He was

    amazed to see the plant shiver all over, he gave it another spray and

    it shivered again.

    He was puzzled so he rang the council who put him on to the state

    gardens people. After a few transfers he got the state's foremost

    cactus expert who asked him many questions. How tall is it? Has it

    flowered? Etc.

    Finally he asked the most disturbing question. 'Is your family in the

    house?' The bloke answered yes. The cactus expert said get out of the

    house NOW, get on to the front nature strip and wait for me; I will be

    there in 20 minutes.

    Fifteen minutes later, 2 fire trucks, 2 police cars and an ambulance

    came screaming around the corner. A fireman got out and asked 'Are you

    the bloke with the cactus?' I am, he said. A guy jumped out of the

    fire truck wearing what looked like a space suit, a breathing cylinder

    and mask attached to what looked like a scuba backpack with a large

    hose attached. He headed for the backyard and turned a flame-thrower on

    the cactus spraying it up and down.

    After a few minutes the flame-thrower man stopped, the cactus stood

    smoking and spitting, half the fence was burnt and parts of the gardens

    were well and truly scorched. Just then the cactus expert appeared and

    laid a calming hand on the bloke's shoulder. 'What the hell's going

    on?' he says. 'Let me show you' says the cactus man. He went over to

    the cactus and picked away a crusty bit, the cactus was almost entirely

    hollow and filled with tiger striped bird-eating tarantula spiders,

    each about the size of two hand spans.

    The story was that this type of spider lays eggs in this type of

    cactus and they hatch and live in it as they grow to full size. When

    full size they release themselves. The cactus just explodes and about

    150 dinner plate sized hairy spiders are flung from it, dispersing

    everywhere. They had been ready to pop. The aftermath was that the

    house and the adjoining houses had to be vacated and fumigated: police

    tape was put up outside the whole area and no one was allowed in for

    two weeks.

    And here's what one looks like sitting on a FULL SIZE

    dinner plate...


    Original Poster

    oh god thats sick

    damn, he wont be going bak to mexico any time soon.

    o god that makes me shiver all over


    thank god its a legend


    o god that makes me shiver all over

    Quick call the state gardens people, you're about to EXPLODE!!!


    Quick call the state gardens people, you're about to EXPLODE!!!

    Lol :thumbsup:

    Awesome!!! Spider-cactus hybrid!!! a spactus!

    Thats an urban legend..
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