1. Flud News Roundup, May 22

    A time for remembrance: It’s the anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Mississippi one year ago — misplacing hundreds of residents and killing a handful of others. Today, the city held a moment of silence at 5:41 pm, marking the precise moment the deadly tornado hit and also had a visit from the President, himself. Here is more coverage on that story:

    On the auction block: Would you buy a vial of blood? No? Me neither —not even if it’s Ronald Reagans’ — but apparently there are some freaks out there who can’t wait to get their hands on the ex-president’s DNA. Bid offers for the historical remains have already exceed $10,000,000.

    Face your fears: Are you afraid of creepy, crawly, hairy spiders? If so, you’re in luck. Apparently scientists have found a way to cure arachnophobia in a single exposure therapy session in which doctors lock participants and tarantulas in the same room for two hours, forcing interaction. By the end of treatment, most participants reportedly lost all signs of anxiety and were able to approach and even touch the spider. They’re not sure if this works for all phobias, but it could be worth a try! Now, who’s afraid of honey badgers?