So, Let's Go Hunt Alligators In The Sewers

Pam Diaconis, head of public relations for Ikea, the furniture and housewares chain, has heard the story before. It goes like this: An unsuspecting shopper, usually a woman, brings an Ikea cactus home. After a few days, she notices that the plant is moving and--could it be?--breathing. She calls Ikea, and someone from the store commands: "Take your children and get out of the house--now." A short while later, two men arrive and confiscate the cactus. The reason: It's filled with tarantula eggs and about to explode, spewing deadly insects.

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