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February 9, 2007

Two-Striped Spider, Telamonia – Hoax

Filed under: Awareness,General,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 1:13 pm

Making rounds from 1999 this prank email will make you seriously think about using public toilets and check for the so-called poisonous Two-Striped spider under the seat. There are no substantial evidences to prove anything from this mail but surprisingly after 7 years its still making rounds.

You can see more about this on:Fatal Spider Bite in North Florida with different versions of the same email. Don’t trust such email. When such email comes to your inbox, rather than just forwarding spend couple of minutes to search on internet to see how real it is and break the chain there itself.

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Be careful!!!

Three women in KL, turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood.

These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was iscovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant along Jalan Kuchai Lama within days of their deaths.

The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down.

The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested,to no avail. The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had
used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read,drove up to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat.

Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because ofits reddened flesh color. This spider’s venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark,damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.

Several days later a lawyer from JB showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore , before returning home. He did not visit the restaurant, while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was
determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock..

Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India . The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India , and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider’s nests on 4
different planes!

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  1. If this not true, why would someone make such sick joke like this? how stupid. However, I don’t believe it.

    Comment by Kirsta — April 13, 2007 @ 1:20 am | Reply

  2. My thing is, if this really happened, how could you have not felt the spider bit you. My husband was bit by a brown reclus 4 times and he was in excruciating pain for 2 weeks with each bite. There is no possible way they did not know they were bitten.

    Comment by Brooke — April 21, 2007 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  3. I was bitten by a brown reclus 3 times while I was sleeping, I didn’t know I had been bitten until about 24 hours later when I started getting symptons and went to the doctor. Can’t feel them bit you but I did see the spider on my car 2 days ago and it was ugly. I don’t want to see it again if this is really true.

    Comment by Cyndal — July 21, 2007 @ 1:16 am | Reply

  4. I’m in Mykonos, Greece and came across a rather large spider, big body, hairy legs, etc, that was stripey and if I was in charge of naming would have called it a tiger spider. Having looked on the web (site, not the spiders!!) it’s not one of those, but what on earth was it?? I live in Greece and haven’t seen one like that before. Of course I don’t have a photo as I ran faster than he did – but it was large, hairy and aesthetically, quite beautiful with marked, even stripes over body and legs. I’m squealing as I’m writing but have a great respect for spiders and whilst scared, would never never hurt one, there’s something spiritual – talking of which – of for a vodka or seven to calm the nerves…

    Comment by karen haigh — July 29, 2007 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  5. Haha… just the right atmosphere… YEAH RIGHT! What did the spider live on? Other equally stupid bugs who happen to visit the toilet bowl? …Oh or maybe it lives on human faeces, and with ample (nutritious) water, the toilet bowl might not be such a bad place after all…

    Comment by David — September 8, 2007 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  6. as aranhas que matam…

    Comment by cris — August 18, 2008 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  7. Whoa – 18 Nov 2008 and this email is still doing its rounds. It must be terrible for the restaurent mentioned. When I am lucky enough to go to Cape TOwn again I will be sure to visit the Olive Garden – and their rest room becasue this is just a bunch of crap.

    Comment by Lindie — November 18, 2008 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Çeşitli Konularda Genel Bilgiler — March 16, 2013 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  9. 22 May 2013 and this email is still doing rounds…

    Comment by anon — May 22, 2013 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

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