“Got the Spider!” joke on demolished house circulates online


On Monday, July 15, 2019, a Renner, South Dakota couple spray painted the side of their second house after they tore it down with “Got the Spider!” as a joke, Friday, July 19, 2019. The photo has since gone viral with more than 47,000 shares on Facebook. (Makenzie Huber/The Argus Leader via AP)

RENNER, S.D. (AP) — A photo of a demolished house with the words “Got the Spider!” painted on the roof has made the rounds on social media after a couple decided to have a little fun.

Jeff Hopkins and Dawn Cronk told the Argus Leader they wanted to write something on the roof of the crumbled house and “Got the Spider!” made them laugh. So Cronk bought a can of spray paint and the joke was set in motion.

A stranger took a photo on Tuesday and it’s since been shared online tens of thousands of times. Dozens of people have also driven by to giggle and take photos of their own.

Hopkins says he didn’t think anyone would notice, and they did it just to make themselves laugh. Cronk says she feels blessed to have made people slow down and smile.

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