Jeff Daniels doesn’t just have friends in low places — a newly discovered, and pretty damn vicious, worm now bears his name … and tarantulas everywhere are quaking in their boots!!!
Here’s the dirty lowdown … scientists discovered a new species of parasitic worm that’s particularly deadly to the hairy spiders and decided to name it Tarantobelus jeffdanielsi. If you’re wondering why Jeff, you probably haven’t seen his 1990 flick, “Arachnophobia.”
In the movie, Jeff’s character saves a town from an invasion of deadly spiders … and the scientists at UC Riverside must be fans of the cult classic.
The actor clearly digs his new place in the animal kingdom, saying … “Honestly, I was honored by their homage to me and Arachnophobia. Made me smile. And of course, in Hollywood, you haven’t really made it until you’ve been recognized by those in the field of parasitology.”
BTW, jeffdanielsi do some pretty nasty things once they infect tarantulas — the spiders’ limbs are slowly paralyzed … making them walk on their 8 tiptoes, and their mouths and fangs are rendered useless. They eventually starve to death.
So, unlike another of Jeff’s famous characters … we’re NOT saying there’s a chance spiders will survive a run-in with jeffdanielsi. Harry and Lloyd would be so proud.