You know what they say about spiders and dong-biting: they always strike twice.
Or at least that should become an expression after what happened to an incredibly unfortunate Australian man recently. A 21-year-old construction worker who identifies himself as “Jordan” (can’t imagine why he wouldn’t want to share his last name) made headlines back in April after he was bitten in his private area by a venomous redback spider — a relative of the infamous black widow — while doing his business in a portable toilet at a building site in Sydney. The man’s identity wasn’t revealed during that first incident, but at the time, a spokesperson for St. George Hospital confirmed that he was treated for the bite.
Now, the exact same incident has occurred and unbelievably, it happened to the same guy! “Jordan” told the BBC about his harrowing experience, revealing that he was bitten in “pretty much the same spot” as before.
“I’m the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment,” he told the BBC. “I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like ‘I can’t believe it’s happened again.’ I looked down and I’ve seen a few little legs come from around the rim.”
Understandably, Jordan says that he tried to avoid using portable toilets after the first incident, but felt it would be okay to try again:
“Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one. Had a look under both seats and then I sat down did my business. Next thing you know, I’m bent over in pain.”
Jordan says he isn’t sure if the culprit was another redblack spider, but decided to go to the hospital anyway just in case. To add insult to injury, he also says that his construction buddies weren’t as sympathetic to his injury as they were the first time, as they made jokes about him as he was getting in the car to go to the hospital.
Oh and he’s never using a portable toilet again: “I think I’ll be holding on for dear life to be honest.” If we ever find ourselves down under, we will certainly be doing the same.