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.