Text is still mostly false
The facts are still the facts. There's no "Dr. Beverly Clark" to be found in any database of real physicians, nor a "Journal of the United Medical Association" among legitimate scientific publications, nor has anyone reported a spate of inexplicable deaths in North Florida.
There is, to be sure, an Olive Garden restaurant chain with locations in North Florida, but no mysterious fatalities have been reported at any of those, either.
What's new in more recent variants of the hoax is a description of an actual species of spider known as the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata). According to entomologists, it's a jumping spider native to parts of Asia, but I have yet to find any authoritative sources confirming that its venom is deadly to humans. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Given that its natural habitat is the rain forest a damp but not particularly cold and dark environment it seems unlikely that a genus like the Two-Striped Telamonia would find the undersides of porcelain toilet rims a hospitable place to dwell.
See also: Attack of the Butt Spider
More spider lore:
Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Emailed photos purport to show the progressive deterioration of a wound caused by the bite of a brown recluse spider.
The Exploding Cactus
Why does that houseplant seem to be breathing?
Angolan Witch Spider
Really? A spider as big as a house?
The Spiders in the Hairdo
A 1960s-vintage urban legend with precedents dating back to the Middle Ages.
Photo taken by a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq shows a pair of gigantic, scary-looking arachnids said to feast on the stomachs of camels.
Last updated: 09/04/13