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Friendly Neighborhood Spider

Spiders might seem dangerous, and you might want to kill them on sight; but, spiders are mostly harmless and help the ecosystem.
Spiders may be providing services like eating pests—some even eat other spiders.
There’s even a species of jumping spider that prefers to eat blood-filled mosquitoes in African homes.
Although they are generalist predators, apt to eat anything they can catch, spiders regularly capture nuisance pests and even disease-carrying insects.
So killing a spider doesn’t just cost the arachnid its life, it may take an important predator out of your home.
All in all, you shouldn't be afraid of harmless spiders.Spiders might actually be useful in your houses, for they can get rid of other annoying, yet more dangerous, insects lurking around.

Article 2

The Consequences of Zit Popping

Popping a zit or a pimple may seem like the right thing to do, but it can cause you even more problems.
By popping a zit, it will become an open wound, and potentially infectious bacteria will enter your body.
You can get a scar and picking at or popping any zit makes permanent marks more likely by increasing inflammation.
If you pop a zit and there is no infection or scar, you would still be spreading more zits around.
Therefore you should pop zits because it will end up badly.

Article 3

Can Humans Die from Apple Seeds?

Apple seeds are actually poisonous and can kill humans.
First, the amygdalin/poison, is accessible only if the seeds have been crushed or chewed; a whole unbroken seed will pass right through
But you would need a lot of crushed apple seeds.
When in the digestive system, this chemical degrades into highly poisonous hydrogen cyanide (HCN). A lethal dose of HCN can kill within minutes.
The human body can process HCN in small doses, so a couple of chewed seeds are usually completely harmless.
The average adult would need to eat anywhere from 150 to several thousand crushed seeds (depending on the apple variety) to be at risk of cyanide poisoning.
All in all, apple seeds are only dangerous if you eat a whole lot of crushed seeds, which hopefully, will never happen.