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On 9/29/99 10:03:57 PM, mcgil wrote:
>This was e-mailed to me by a
>very reliable person. I have
>no idea if it's true, but
>better safe then bit(bite?).

Don't panic. This is just a joke. It gives
itself away in the first sentence: "According to an
article by Dr. Beverly Clark, in the Journal of the
United Medical Association (JUMA)..."

There is no such journal. There is no "United Medical
Association," period. I couldn't find any articles by a
Dr. Beverly Clark in any real medical journals.

There have been no news reports of spider-caused
deaths among air travelers in Chicago.

There is no "Blare Airport" in Chicago (try O'Hare
International Airport). There's no restaurant called
"Big Chappies."

There is no known species called arachnius gluteus
(apparently intended to be translated as "butt

There is such a thing as a blush spider, but guess what
– it's a cosmetological term referring to patches of
tiny varicose veins on the surface of the skin.

If you're attacked by one of these, I'd recommend
calling a plastic surgeon rather than the
exterminator... unless, of course, you want to be the
"butt" of this Internet joke.

More Information:

Internet Spider Hoax
A serious debunking by the Dept. of
Entomology, University of California at

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