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Read This Danger Spider In Toliet Under Seat!

Sat Jul 26, 2003 8:45 am

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
common.
> >It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant
> >(Olive Garden) 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
> >out
> >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
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 Jacksonville 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 (Olive Garden), 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!
> >
> >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.
> >
> >
 
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 8:47 am

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.
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 8:48 am

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blspider-2002.htm

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RE: Read This Danger Spider In Toliet Under Seat!

Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:54 am

Perhaps I'll sound like a nut, but for years I've routinely checked under the toilet seat prior to sitting down, as I've SEEN bugs holed up under there before!

Granted, it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime find on my part, but it was enough to make me check every time thereafter!

I guess as you get older, you may not leap into your bed out of fear of the "hands under the bed" grabbing you like when you were 5, but you get other odd fears.  Big grin

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Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:16 am

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."

UAHRG! Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.



http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef631.htm
http://brownreclusespider.net

This is what can happen if it bites you:


God I'm so happy to live in an area where the wildest that can bite or sting you is a wasp.
 
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:20 am

What parts of the world are they found in? (besides near my bowl)
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:35 am

this is disgusting. seriously disgusting!
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 1:24 pm

A girl back in highschool got bitten by one. She had to take a lot of pills, or her skin was going to fall off or something.
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Sat Jul 26, 2003 2:10 pm

You guys are wooses!

Try living in a country with the biggest collection of poisoness animals on the planet.

You learn from a kid to keep clear of ALL spiders, snakes and other insects. And to recognised them as well.

In Queensland as a kid it was my job to clean the pool skimmer box which would always end up with all sorts of creepy crawlies in it. Brown, Red Bellied snakes, cane toads, spiders..

Ugh!

In Sydney we have the lovely Funnel Web Spider which is very agressive and lurks in the bottom of pools and such. Not to mention snakes in the leafy areas.

On the beach? Blue ringed octopus, puffer fish, blue bottles, box jelly fish and white pointer sharkes are common.

LOL You get used to it.

And one of our most famous icons is the *Red Back Spider* which was commonly found under the *dunny* (outdoor toilet - pre sewerage) seat.

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Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:43 pm

I can here Steve Irwin's voice right now.....
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:07 am

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.

In other words, this thread is a load of crap.


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Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:16 am

"In other words, this thread is a load of crap."

I'd expect this from a thread about things in loos, wouldn't you, too?
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 4:36 am

You guys are wooses!

This, coming from Mx5 boy?  Insane

"Pot calling kettle...come in, kettle..."

I guess we can only hope to be as tough and hardcore as you someday.
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:02 am

When it comes to email forwards, these are a list of the biggest mistakes you can make, each one of them making you more and more stupid as you go up the ladder.

1. Reading it
2. Believing it
3. Forwarding it to me
4. Crying when I beat your ass for sending it to me.


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Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:37 am

Sean - no need to over-analyse it, urbanlegends.com already comfirmed its fake  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

Don't you think you would have heard it on one of those nature programs or even the news if its true? Even if Urbanlegends or snopes didn't say anything about it, like the funnel web spider...
 
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 9:09 am

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.

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RE: Read This Danger Spider In Toliet Under Seat!

Sun Jul 27, 2003 11:45 am

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.
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:40 pm

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.

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Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:00 pm

The next thing you'll know is that Danger Mouse will be under your bathmat.

"Paranoia strikes deep. Into your heart it will creep" to quote an old song.
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Sun Jul 27, 2003 6:32 pm


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.

[including my last b/f who is a snake handler]

*woos*

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Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:50 am

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!!!
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 9:00 am

Ryan you are so hardcore  Laugh out loud
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:32 pm

Eeeeeeekkkk!!!

I wouldn't last very long in Australia ... one sight of a funnel web spider and I'd be heading on the first plane outta there ...
 
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:35 pm

Yay! Barcodes back!



OK, seriously, I have heard of the brown recluse (but hte toilet rumor is crap)

To what areas are they endemic?
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 1:22 pm

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.
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 1:48 pm

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 now known to cause permanent muscle damage and temporary paralysis to the side of the body bitten. It aint no Funnel Web, but harmless it ain't!
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 3:48 pm

Barcode,

Funnel webs?

Nothing compared to *Eeek* I forgot to mention the extremely dangerous *drop bears*.

mb

 
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Mon Jul 28, 2003 10:06 pm

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 Port Douglas last time I went, because of box jellyfish  Nuts
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 3:12 am

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" season (January). Also -- they stay at the beaches. Get on a boat and go 80km out to the reef and you'll l likely never see a jelly fish even when they are in season.

Australia is a fantastic place to visit -- I'd go back in a heartbeat. Once you get used to all the beach signs telling you to watch out for crocodiles, and once you learn to cope with the fact that damn-near any snake you see can likely kill you, and so can half the spiders -- it's great! Must admit -- never saw a snake or a spider and I trekked all over the place.

One of the fun things in scrolling down this thread was guessing how long it would take for the first Aussie to get on and call you all a bunch of wusses. Thanks Mx5 boy -- I guess the time difference slowed it down a little.

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Tue Jul 29, 2003 3:28 am

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 this time i'm going in late December, yay  Laugh out loud.
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 3:45 am

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? sharks? We saw lots of sharks on the reef (small ones) but they didn't get too close. Apparently sea snakes can be a problem because they like to wrap themselves around a leg or an arm -- and the bite can be very nasty if they feel threatened -- so be nice! Never saw any of them, either.
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 6:22 am

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 by a Redback, a mouse Spider, Wolf Spider and stung by a Mud Wasp. I'm a walking casualty department. This post is purely to let you know, never, EVER take advice from me on safety in Oz! Big grin
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:39 am

Ryanb,

Box jellyfish are big ugly snotty looking things, Bluebottles are different and much smaller. Bluebottles are a problem when they migrate and are blown onshore and are problem only a couple of times a year in Sydney.

You won't find Bluebottles in North Queensland. (Port Douglas / Cairns)

As for the crocodiles, most of the beaches are OK except where estuaries empty onto the beach - this is where the crocs live and breed so it's wise not to swim within the estuaries or anywhere near them. My ex and I had a holiday up in Cairns and went to many of the beaches between Cairns & Port Douglas and completely ignored all the warning signs.

We had been going to one spot about midway, right next to an estuary and this particular day we parked ourselves in the same spot. We left our towels / clothes on the beach and went for a big long walk of about an hour up the beach and when we came back our stuff was sort of scattered and covered in sand. It looked like something pretty big had been dragged over our things and left a trail heading up into the estuary. With benign curiosity I followed the trail for a little bit and it led to the estuary water - I wondered if someone had dragged a boat or something (the estuary only fills at high tide) to it and through our things.

I wandered back to where our stuff was and my ex had picked everything up and wandered over to the car - it was there that I took notice of the croc warning sign and it suddenly dawned on me what had scattered our clothes.

Suffice to say we never went swimming on any of those beachs for the rest of the holiday.

LOL

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Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:16 am

Arrow - The beach was closed because of box jellyfish (don't ask me why lol).

Ryan - You are so hardcore  Laugh out loud.

mx5_boy - lmao, yeah, I saw some crocodiles on one of those croc boat tours they do through the 'everglades', good stuff, wouldn't fancy swimming in those waters anyway!!

Cheers

Dan  Smile
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:18 am

Go big or go home
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:24 pm

In Queensland as a kid it was my job to clean the pool skimmer box which would always end up with all sorts of creepy crawlies in it. Brown, Red Bellied snakes, cane toads, spiders

Cane toads ... can you get high by licking them, or is that something else?
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Tue Jul 29, 2003 2:07 pm

Prosa,

That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. Besides the fact they are incredibly ugly and highly poisoness...

Cane toads are not native to Queensland or Australia, they were imported early in the century to eat cane beetles and ended up becoming more of a pest than rabbits or foxes. They have no natural enemies and are poisoness to pets, humans and native fauna.

When we were kids we would regularly round up toads and use them as cricket balls, pour meths on them and set them on fire or watch our parents aim for them on our roads. (The roads in summer where I lived were made of flattened toad leather.)

I know the above sounds cruel, but they were / still are considered a pest and kids were encouraged to kill them! In toad season it wouldn't be unusual to find 20 or 30 hopping around your back yard.

Disgusting!

mb
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2003 1:17 am

Holy crap!

I have pretty bad arachnophobia, and as I was reading this, the modem cable or something twitched on my leg. Scared the crap clean out of me! Nearly threw my tea over my laptop. I can read no more!
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:32 am

Here in Rochester, NY, at the county fair, we sometimes get attacked by the dreaded Funnel cake spider. It blends in with the powdered sugar.
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Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:56 am

[including my last b/f who is a snake handler]

Was that statement supposed to hold an inner message?  Big grin
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