As I read both of these essays completely nonbiased to each of the situations, minus my fear of spiders, I came to the conclusion that if I had to put one above the other I would choose the “Gang Initiation Warning” above the “Toilet Spiders” essay simply because the essay about the gangs was more realistic than the one on the toilet spiders. Both papers were a bit extreme and seemed to have a purpose of just inducing fear on people; but the issue for me was, which is more believable and realistic.
When it came to the Telamonia spider the situation seemed so far out of touch that I walked away from the essay not having the urge to check the toilet out before using it. I have never heard of the situation before then and though it seemed very “official” and well presented, at the very end where it says, “It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country. So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life!”, that where I questioned the fact whether it was real or not, mainly because of the panic and the exclamation mark that communicates shouting to me. Therefore I call it out as a hoax to simply get people talking and to create a silly fear.
Now as I read the gang warning essay, each of the situations seemed to be very capable of happening. Though this essay was not as official as the one on toilet spiders I could still see these situations happening; someone checking on a fake baby in the road, checking on their car after an egg had been thrown on the windshield, or someone being pulled over by an false unmarked police car and after each situation being followed by an brutal attack and/or robbing. Each of these situations could easily happen far more than getting bitten by a toilet spider. Still the only situation in this essay that was proven to be true was the one about the fake unmarked police car and the emergency number for it, so that automatically put it above the essay on toilet...
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