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    In Sydney, Australia a man has spent five hours in a cage filled with deadly, funnel web spiders.

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    In Sydney, Australia a man has spent five hours in a cage filled with deadly, funnel web spiders. The stunt was attempted so that the man could get his name in the Guiness Book of World Records, but as Roger Price of ABC reports, it may have been in vain; the publishers say it's too dangerous a sport to continue.

    Sydney pest exterminator, RON GRINHAM, has just set an unofficial world record -- that seems certain to go unrecorded.

    He's spent nearly five hours with 100 deadly spiders -- funnel-webs from the Sydney northern areas, rated among the most lethal in the world.

    However, the Guiness Book of Records collators don't want to know about it. They consider the experiment too dangerous and have apparently drawn the line with recent record attempts amid cages of venomous snakes.

    Grinham's hairy experience was viewed by the public in central Sydney. He mixed with the spiders in a glass cage, clad in boots and overalls. With warm weather, the spiders have become more active and extremely aggressive and Grinham was soon fending off funnel-webs poised to strike.

    Some have fangs about 6 mm long, which can penetrate a finger nail. They also move at speed and he had to be extremely wary during his period in the cage. Grinham said after that the "understood" spiders, was no hero and didn't take chances. His wife and child were among the spectators.

    The stunt was part of National Pest Control Week, organised to increase public awareness of the danger of funnel webs which have caused several deaths in Australia in recent years.

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