FACT SMACK: Spider Edition : Short Wave With the help of spider scientist Sebastian Echeverri, Maddie presents the case for why spiders are the best and coolest animal. Spoiler alert: some travel thousands of kilometers by "ballooning," while others live part time underwater.

Are you a scientist who thinks Sebastian is wrong and that the animal you study is superior? Let us know! You can email us at shortwave@npr.org. We'd love to hear the case for your critter.

FACT SMACK: Spider Edition

FACT SMACK: Spider Edition

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A beautiful spider spins a web in a forest outside Moscow. Disclosure: this particular spider was not the inspiration for any smack talk heard in this episode. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A beautiful spider spins a web in a forest outside Moscow. Disclosure: this particular spider was not the inspiration for any smack talk heard in this episode.

Yuri Kadobnov/AFP via Getty Images

With the help of spider scientist Sebastian Echeverri, Maddie presents the case for why spiders are the best and coolest animal. Spoiler alert: some travel thousands of kilometers by "ballooning," while others live part time underwater.

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P.S. Are you a scientist who thinks Sebastian is wrong and that the animal you study is superior? Let us know! You can email us at shortwave@npr.org. We'd love to hear the case for your critter.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi.