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Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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A great country mailbox spotted on the way from Coonabarabran to the Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, Australia.

The backyard toilet design is complete with redbacked spider. Those of us who were brought up in the country with backyard toilets will remember checking for redback spiders & other biting insects & animals before we took our place on the throne.

I noticed that the letter slot is covered with a real spider web, so there must be the real thing there as well.

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A Bit Of Mail In The Box, July 2013.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

I couldn’t find a decent YouTube clip to add here, but for those who want to be reminded, here are the lyrics of that famous ‘Redback on the toilet seat’ song.

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy I felt his bite!
I jumped high up into the air,
And when I hit the ground,
That crafty red-back spider
Wasn’t nowhere to be found.

I rushed in to the missus,
Told her just where I’d been bit,
She grabbed the cut throat razor blade,
And I nearly took a fit.
I said, “Just forget what’s on your mind,
And call a doctor please,
‘Cause I’ve got a feeling that your cure
Is worse than the disease.”

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m here in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse that red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

I can’t lay down, I can’t sit up,
And I don’t know what to do,
And all the nurses think it’s funny,
But that’s not my point of view.
I tell you it’s embarrassing,
And that’s to say the least
That I’m to sick to eat a bite,
While that spider had a feast!

And when I get back home again,
I tell you what I’ll do,
I’ll make that red-back suffer
For the pain I’m going through.
I’ve had so many needles
That I’m looking like a sieve,
And I promise you that spider
Hasn’t very long to live!

There was a red-back on the toilet seat
When I was there last night,
I didn’t see him in the dark,
But boy! I felt his bite!
And now I’m here in hospital,
A sad and sorry plight,
And I curse that red-back spider
On the toilet seat last night.

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