On Thursday, someone posted flyers around Brooklyn alerting everyone that their pregnant red rump tarantula named Penelope had gone missing
. "I know she looks crazy scary," the flyer said, "but she's mostly harmless."
(Tarantulas definitely do look scary, but their bite really isn't that dangerous. It's comparable to a bee sting.)
Anyway, Penelop's owner asked that if anyone found her, to put her in a "tupperware bowl" with holes and phone him.
Naturally, these signs attracted quite a bit of attention. Someone even started a Twitter account
in Penelope's honor.
But last night, the New York Times
revealed that the signs were "a joke that had gotten out of hand" posted by a local web and graphic designer. The man (who didn't give his name) explained, "I always see those signs for missing dogs and cats taped up on posts; I thought, 'What’s the most absurd poster I could come up with?' I thought it was so beyond ridiculous that no one would take it seriously. I was wrong."