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Thread: A Warning From The University of North Florida Science Dept




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    I just had this forwarded to me as some of you maybe interested in it. :eek:

    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.

    Officer Sylvia Steele
    University of North Florida Science Dept
    4567 St. Johns Bluff Road, South Jacksonville,
    FL 32224-2645
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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    I must say I found this wholly believable!

    However, upon doing a Google search for "Telamonia dimidiata", the fifth result was this page;
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/buttspdr.htm

    There is such a species of spider, the female being reddish in color.
    From what I know of females with red coloration, It probably is quite venemous indeed:laugh:
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    Damn and I missed it the first time. :cry:

    I'll past that link back to them. :D


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    Hoax or not, it give me shivers....

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    That reminds me of the song called, "Redback on the toilet seat".
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    WS, that's exactly what they compare it too. The link Mr C provided was interesting, it's amazing how these things get started. And with the internet they seem to have a life of their own..

    *still gives me shivers though*....I HATE spiders! :shoot2:

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    Quote Originally Posted by G Smith
    with the internet they seem to have a life of their own..
    They have exactly as much life as we give it.
    It's always good to make a fair effort to check out some of these emails --- I'm not talking about a full days research now mind you, but a quick run through a good search engine will usually confirm or kill a lot of stories.

    I'd give it ten months tops before this one appears again.

    This, as I said was a very convincing tale, well written and seemed quite supportable with all the names and places it gave.

    But still, it's stuff like this that causes people to delete sulfnbak, and to delete teddy bear icons that are needed by java.

    So, before you go making system changes based on an email from a notable authority, check it out.
    Might save you a big headache someday.

    Still, it is a darn good story!
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    Why spiders though........they can scare me to death just by being in the same room..............and ever since that song Reback on the toilet seat came out I have been a little more careful about sitting on the loo :D

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