"It's raining cats and dogs" is just a silly expression.
But people in Goulburn, Australia can say "it's raining spiders" and be 100 percent serious.
And we're not okay with it.
According to the Goulburn Post, "A blanket of millions of baby spiders" fell from the sky in the Southern Tablelands last week.
Also called "ballooning," the phenomenon is not uncommon to these parts of Southern Australia. According to On Demand News (ODN), the act is a form of transportation.
Claire Lomas, a reporter for ODN, says in a video segment that essentially, some species of spiders will climb up trees or plants, jump off, and use their webs as parachutes. "The silk catches on the breeze and carries the spider wherever he wants to go," she says.
Local resident Ian Watson tells The Sydney Morning Herald that it looked like his house had been "abandoned and taken over by spiders."
And though Watson thought it was beautiful, he was also annoyed. "You couldn't go out without getting spider webs on you. And I've got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard," he says.
And as if this weren't creepy enough, Vox.com reports that this could basically happen anywhere in the world, except maybe Antartica.
So that's good.
That said — cheers to you, Australia. You're handling this better than we could.
Watch the full ODN report below:
(H/T: Elite Daily)
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