No, that isn’t a special effect — it’s a real, live spider crawling around inside a computer screen.
Timothy Buchanan, of Thousand Oaks, California, turned on his computer one day to discovered that it had a bug. Or, to be more precise, a spider.
In a video posted on his YouTube page, Buchanan revealed that a tiny arachnid had somehow gotten trapped between his iMac’s glass display and the screen.
Timothy Buchanan took to YouTube to show the world the spider (circled in red) he discovered stuck between the glass and display of his computer monitor
Buchanan said he thought the spider was a digital effect at first, but realized that it was the real deal later. The spider can be seen scuttling across the display after Buchanan taps the screen
‘This is our little spider friend inside our Mac screen,’ Buchanan says in the clip. ‘We’re pretty sure he’s real because he’s there no matter what window we put on top.’
Buchanan then demonstrates this by dragging windows around the screen and jiggling the cursor around underneath the spider.
He then taps a finger on the glass, right on top of the spider. As if spooked by the giant digit, the spider scuttles across the screen and out of potential harm’s way.
‘Yeah, that’s real,’ Buchanan confirms, noting that he and the other people in the room with him initially thought the spider was a digital effect and that ‘someone was messing with us.’
‘Alright, Apple needs to send us an arachnid technician,’ Buchanan jokes.
Eventually, Buchanan and his cohorts decide that the spider must have gotten stuck inside the monitor after crawling in through the vents on the back of the computer.
Buchanan posted the video on YouTube, asking for suggestions on how to get the spider out
Buchanan and the people he was with when he filmed the video, decided that the spider must’ve gotten into the monitor through the vents on the back of the computer
In the YouTube video’s description, Buchanan wrote, ‘Anyone know how to get him out?’
Suggestions posted in his comments ranged from trying to scare it out with a picture of a bird — a spider’s natural predator — to deploying a bug bomb to kill it. Other viewers suggested dissembling the screen or recommended a visit to an Apple Store Genius Bar.
Finding a spider stuck inside an iMac screen isn’t as an unusual complaint as one might expect, judging by numerous postings and pictures on technology help forums.
‘It definitely seems like something that Apple should have foreseen as a possibility and taken preventative measures,’ Buchanan told The Sun.