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How big would a Daddy Longlegs Spider need to be to kill an average Human?

As noted in the comments, the Wikipedia article you cited contains a description of a Mythbusters episode in which Adam Savage allowed himself to be bitten by a daddy-long-legs. He experienced a "...
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Would a demon be afforded civil rights?

As it stands, the U.S. court system is barred from hearing cases that are not based in some factual question and the person petitioning the court can be potentially harmed by the law in question (...
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How do the inhabitants of my city-wide death trap figure out that nobody will be let out until only 100 people are left alive?

Muhammad Mahdi Karim/www.micro2macro.net under GNU FLD 1.2 Wikipedia 2021 Let me explain..... Pigeons (pigeons in US speak) live between 3 and 5 years in the wild, domestic cats in the city will ...
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Why do dragons like shiny stuff?

Maybe they could have mating rituals like bowerbirds, in which the males, as part of their courtship display, strive to create visually interesting displays outside their bower (the hut-like structure ...
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Why can't immortals use the "make humans ignore this" symbol as an invisibility cloak?

Humans cannot ignore the elephant in the room Instead of an actual "elephant" it is somebody wrapped in a sheet. It is just too conspicuous. The symbol works on smaller items because they ...
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Where could a vampire get blood without harming people?

Since you say it doesn't have to be human blood, they would just straight up buy frozen animal blood by the bucket at supermarkets like nobodies business. No need for any fancy subterfuge or ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Selfie stick The biggest advantage of a selfie stick is that no one would find it unusual if the owner is holding it high, waving it in the air in odd patterns and maybe even saying something while ...
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Where could a vampire get blood without harming people?

However, it turns out most of the “blood” in rare meat is myoglobin, and that the blood is drained from the animal at the slaughterhouse before it is butchered and sold. and Blood from ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Collapsible Umbrella You carry a collapsible umbrella if the weather is too good for a coat, but perhaps it . . . might rain later? Of course these things are utter garbage. The moment it starts ...
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Reason why dimensional travelling would be restricted

Universe B does not (yet) have magic mirrors. Universe A magic mirrors do not connect with a corresponding Universe B magic mirror. Sort of like In Mary Poppins, Bert's sidewalk chalk painting does ...
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How powerful would the church become if demons regularly visited Earth?

Atheism takes a big hit. In this world the group which takes the biggest hit to their belief system is atheists since, well, demons are ripping holes in the universe. The churches will certainly be ...
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How to differentiate between demonic possession and mental illness?

The key to this is that you don't need to tell the difference until later. If you can't identify which condition your patient has from symptoms alone, the easiest way to deal with it is to treat from ...
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Is an hour-long weekly driving ban feasible in modern America?

Transport networks act as the lifeblood of modern societies, and just like the human circulation system, it's a lot harder to stop and restart these networks than you might think. To explain why, let'...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

As Sir Terry Pratchett put it, 'humans raise their successors, vampires raise their competition'. Raising a lot of vampires of high rank increases the chance that they will be able to overthrow you. ...
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Is it possible to design a bottle that can always be "full"?

They just need a Spout Pouch We have already solved this problem for situations where we need to reliably contain liquids while still being able to access them, particularly spaceflight. You need to ...
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Best way to smell-proof a revolver in 1998?

Total jacketed rounds Your character is in luck. There's an excellent an air-tight container for bullets of all sorts: the jacket! Jacketed rounds were invented for a number of reasons, but one of ...
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Can an individual be their own Sovereign Nation?

There's a difference between "claiming" sovereignty (lots do), realistically being able to act as a sovereign state (few do), and finally being recognized by your peers as a sovereign state (...
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Is it possible to design a bottle that can always be "full"?

If you want a cheap and reusable solution, liquid ingredients can be stored in syringes. You can make them any size you want (see image below for a really big one sold in Walmart for about ten bucks). ...
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Would a weaponized priesthood violate separation of church and state?

It doesn't have to. The First Amendment states (and this is my only knowledge of the separation between church and state): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or ...
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How would the world governments define a super person?

Ignore the power; focus on the action Let's look at two real-world people I know: Person A is an overweight middle-aged person of above-average intelligence and education with various chronic health ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Electronic Stimulation Device To expand on the comment of Starfish Prime, there are situations where carrying one of these bad boys is optimal play. For example when passing through a security ...
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Is it possible to design a bottle that can always be "full"?

Drop 'marbles' of this special substance into the flask. Remove $1\: cm^3$, add a sphere $1.24\:cm$ in diameter. (Might that be combined with measuring? Throw a marble in, a measured amount overflows.)...
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How can a 15-year-old vampire get human blood?

She has transfusion dependent anemia. source Her blood is low. Doctors can't figure it out! She does not seem to have an inherited disease like sickle cell. Her marrow is not normal but she does ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Too many generals, not enough privates. Alpha vampires tend to be jerks. They usually have a chip on their shoulder because they are not cambions, and they are always jockeying for position, scheming ...
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If fairies don't need as much food, water or space, why wouldn't they overwhelm humans in the post-apocalypse?

They reproduce like cicadas. Some small creatures take their time about reproducing. Some cicadas take 17 years to reach sexual maturity. That's more time than larger creatures such as dogs and cats. ...
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What would be a source of iron to ward off faeries in todays world

A Victorian wrought iron gate. https://www.lassco.co.uk/a-victorian-wrought-iron-garden-gate-48543 Wrought iron ..is a highly refined iron with a small amount of slag forged out into fibres. ...
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How to keep wizards and other magicial creatures from taking over the government?

They are busy doing research: Becoming a all-powerful mage isn't that easy you know! The magical world is incredibly complex and requires years of research. The normal world is boring: Would you ...
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If fairies don't need as much food, water or space, why wouldn't they overwhelm humans in the post-apocalypse?

Flying creatures have a much higher metabolism for their size, especially non-gliding kinds like fairies. If you assume they have a metabolism similar to a hummingbird, then a 10 pound fairy will ...
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What are some reasons for mages to use guns as well as magic?

Most settings with magic involve some kind of restriction or cost for that magic, to prevent mages from simply using magic constantly to do anything. Sometimes it requires sacrifice, or mages have a ...
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How can a 15-year-old vampire get human blood?

Bitcoin, Tor, a PO box, and express shipping with dry ice. Totally possible to buy on the black market. News source 1 News source 2 News source 3 News source 4 My governments "What can I import&...
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