Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11672 times:
Three women in North Florida, 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
> >It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant
> >(Olive Garden) within days of their deaths. The health department
> >on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water, and air
> >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
> >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 of its
> >reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can
> >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 Jacksonville showed up at a hospital
> >emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been
> >on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in
> >Singapore, before returning home. He did not visit (Olive Garden), while
> >there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined
> >be a puncture wound, on his right buttock.
> >Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in
> >The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of
> >toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped
> >(Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes!
> >It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country.
> >So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for
> >spiders. It can save your life!
> >And please pass this on to everyone you care about.
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11576 times:
Girls got to be careful. My girlfriend works at a hospital, she told me a 11 year old came in to the hospital with odd marks all over her privates. It turned out she had an std from a public bathroom. Not the toliet but the toliet paper dispenser. Messed up stuff. I'm glad I don't have to worry about that stuff. Guys can wiz on the side of a house easily.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11530 times:
Well, the story about this lady, the brown recluse spider is apparently not fake:
"People are sometimes bitten while they are asleep because they roll onto a brown recluse spider while it is hunting in the bed. More often the victim is bitten while putting on a shoe or piece of clothing which a spider has selected for its daytime hiding place."
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11413 times:
he told the doctor that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore. 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!
For starters, there are no flights to North America that originate in India via Singapore.
Secondly, the CAB (CIVIL Aeronautics Board, not CIVILIAN) was disbanded in 1984.
Thirdly, I am quite certain that no inspection has been ordered of toilets on flights from India at any time in the last 40 years.
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 11330 times:
Australia sounds scary! One of my friends once read about some sort of agressive spider that lives in Australia (probably the funnel web spider) and swore she would never go. That article is where she believes her arachniphobia stems from.
About brown recluses, I know those live in my home state of Georgia in the USA and likely other states in the southeastern US. The black widow is our other deadly spider, but neither of those are horribly deadly or anything.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11330 times:
Anything related to the brown recluse in the US can be potentially hazardous. Black Widows are actually quite docile and shy unless disturbed in their web. Pretty much, check places you suspect may be a web. The recluse on the other hand is a viscious hunter but is incredibly clumsy. If you'd like to identify one, check to see if it's on a ceiling or a glossy wall. If that's the case, it's NOT a recluse. Often a time a recluse has lost a street fight to a CRICKET (no, that's not a typo). That's how bad they are. BTW, most spiderbites in the US come from Phiddipus Audax, the blue-fanged jumper as I call it, a fat jumping spider with incredible vision. Those things respond to me when I wave my hand a foot away from it. That's about as good as a fruit fly, which is pretty darn good.
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4398 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11325 times:
I was watching tv where they showed a missing boa constrictor snake and guess where ot was hidden? In the toilet. Apparently, they captured it before it struck a victim. This was either RealTv or Rescue 911 or something. It was awhile go.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11305 times:
EA CO AS says:
You guys are wooses!
This, coming from Mx5 boy?
"Pot calling kettle...come in, kettle..."
I guess we can only hope to be as tough and hardcore as you someday.
Your point being? Are you Asssuming something based on who you perceive me to be? LOL Besides having had snakes, rats, spiders, lizards etc as pets I've handled 2 metre monitor lizards, birds of prey you name it.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11280 times:
Oh man, you guys are pussies! I have a dangerous spider (African Starburst Baboon Tarantula) as a PET. P-E-T. Best pet I ever had apart from the Sony Aibo. Just think, I get bitten once and it's a week in hospital. Sure makes 'feeding time' fun!!!
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6470 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11254 times:
A week in the hospital from the bite of a Pterinochilus murinus? Are you severely allergic Ryanb741? The spider is indeed a bit agressive at times but harmless. Just don't get the hairs embedded in your skin cause that itches a mite and if it bites you on the lips you'll look quite silly for a few days.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
: Actually the Starburst Baboon (along with the Indian Ornamental) were recently found to be among the most toxic tarantula venoms. A P. Murinus bite is
: Barcode, Funnel webs? Nothing compared to *Eeek* I forgot to mention the extremely dangerous *drop bears*. mb
: I'm just having second thoughts about going scuba diving next time I go to Queensland, I remember there was a swimming ban on one of the beaches near
: EGGD -- Relax. I spent a month in Queensland last August (including Port Douglas) and never saw any jelly fish. They only show up in the "summer" seas
: Yeah Arrow I went in 2000 and the beaches were closed (August), the quicksilver great barrier trip was ok though (although we did see sharks!). But th
: EGGD -- If you're going in December -- then I think you are in the middle of jelly fish season. Why were the beaches closed in 2000? Crocodiles? shark
: Hey EGGD - I used to live in Oz and seem to have had much worse luck than Mx5_boy - I got stung by a box jellyfish (called Bluebottles in Oz), bitten
: Ryanb, Box jellyfish are big ugly snotty looking things, Bluebottles are different and much smaller. Bluebottles are a problem when they migrate and a
: Arrow - The beach was closed because of box jellyfish (don't ask me why lol). Ryan - You are so hardcore . mx5_boy - lmao, yeah, I saw some crocodiles