The class decided not to kill spiders but to collect them for Uncle Sam, or the government. Many things were collected for the government during World War II, like rubber, money, copper, and paper--but spiders?

The government actually saved spiders for the "silk" used to make their webs. The government did not make giant spider webs as a defense! The spider’s silk was used for very precise measurements needed for gun sights and telescopes.

Do you think you would take the time to collect spiders and other things if the government asked you to?

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