While everyone knows about Spider-Man’s ability to stick to walls, shoot webs and lift several times his own weight, what few people realize is that the radioactive spider-bite that gave Peter Parker his powers also gave him the proportional sewing abilities of a spider, too. What? Spiders make webs. Why wouldn’t he suddenly gain preternatural sewing ability? It’s even more impressive in the new movie, when you remember Pete made his costume entirely out of deflated basketballs.You ever tried to sew a basketball first? Well, unless you’ve got any radioactive spiders hanging around you, I wouldn’t even bother.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.