Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, December 1, 2003


Famous Toilet-Seat Spider

I never really know what people are going to be interested in. One year ago today I ran the story of the Toilet-Seat Spider. It became one of the biggest hit magnets on my website and is still getting a terrific number of hits a year later, from all around the world.

It concerned an internet email about three women in Florida who had died mysteriously. The only thing they had in common was that each had visited the same restaurant a few days before their deaths.


Investigators found a spider there, living under a women's restroom toilet seat.

It was a Two-Striped Telemonia. The infamous Jumping Spider, whose bite is deadly but can take several days to appear.

There is such a spider— but it does not live in the United States. On my website today I have a link to the original commentary which has photos of it.

And so, unpredictably, the "deadly Toilet-Seat Spider" story still circles the planet. It has become one of the best-known urban legends on the internet. It is, of course, untrue. But that never has slowed it down.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Commentary 12/3/2002
They call it the Two-Striped Telamonia


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