I've been given a bag of conkers today by my mum. Apparently if you put them in the corners of your rooms it keeps the spiders away (there was a fist sized one hurtling across our living room yesterday!). I've tried looking on the internets for scientific proof of whether this somewhat eccentric pastime actually works, the words "wife", "old" and "tale" seem to come up quite a lot. Does this really work? My Granny says so and she knows loads of stuff!