View Full Version : HOAX E-mail on Attack By Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata)

Dr. J George
06-09-2006, 11:20 PM
Dear friends,
Did any of you receive an e-mail containing these contents which seem to be circulating around. Several consumers have alerted me on it and we are presently investigating.
I have sought the authenticity of it and if any of you have any information on this please revert. Thanks. :)

Subject: Important - check toilet seats before use

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 discovered, 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 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 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!
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.

06-09-2006, 11:39 PM
Its just another hoax mail...chain letter!


Dr. J George
06-09-2006, 11:49 PM
Thanks Veejay for the input! :)

It was disturbing because it ( the e-mail ) came with the name of a person at one of Malaysia's University complete with handphone, land lines and e-mail!

Some ppl are really sick!

06-09-2006, 11:56 PM
Its just another hoax mail...chain letter!

I haven't received it yet but when I do, I'll just ..err..flush it down the toilet! :D

07-09-2006, 07:36 AM
Guys .. if I am not wrong, the similar mail was in circulation a few years ago ..................

07-09-2006, 08:34 AM
But no harm of ensuring that the seat is safe to use and maybe for any other insects, you will never know. I knew of one lady who broke a hip because the seat gave way.

07-09-2006, 09:11 AM
Guys .. if I am not wrong, the similar mail was in circulation a few years ago ..................

exactly........nothing new !

07-09-2006, 01:42 PM
Guys .. if I am not wrong, the similar mail was in circulation a few years ago ..................

u r not wrong, willi.
this sick joke has been around for ages, probably the local flavour of the brazilian terantula spider hoax which i am still receiving!

07-09-2006, 07:32 PM
Omigosh, I received this so many years ago and it is still circulated?
Please note one IMPORTANT statement in such stories -

"please pass this on to everyone you care about"

Whenever I see this, I know it is a hoax already.
Next time, everyone should be aware of such nonsense messages.
Check the major e-newspapers
Google it by using some sentences in the message and if you remember, just add the word hoax or "urban legend" - I am quite sure you will find some (if not many) documentation of these hoaxes.

By the way, I am putting the word HOAX in the title so that no one gets misinformed.