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Masterx
04-22-2009, 11:26 AM
well, just minuets ago i received an email talking about a true bizarre story which happened to a girl! well i thought its not a bad idea to share it with you!(well it seems CNN already broadcasted the stuff but for those who didnt see that here it is ) maybe it helps us to be more careful on our daily affairs
here it is :

One day a girl licked the envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the lady found a cut on her tongue. A week later, she noticed an abnormal swelling of her tongue. She went to the doctor, and they found nothing wrong. Her tongue was not sore or anything. A couple of days later, her tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore, that she could not eat. She went back to the hospital, and demanded something be done.
The doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a lump. He prepared
her for minor surgery. When the doctor cut her tongue open, a live cockroach crawled out!!!!

There were cockroach eggs on the seal of the envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of her saliva.
It was warm and moist...

This is a true story reported on CNN.

Andy Hume wrote:

Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You wouldn't believe the....things that float around in those gum applicator trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years!" I used to work for a print shop (32 years ago) and we were told NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never understood why until I had to go into storage and pull out 2500 envelopes that were already printed and saw several squads of cockroaches roaming around inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat the glue on the envelopes.

PLEASE PASS THIS INFO TO YOUR FRIENDS. After reading this
you will
never lick another envelope or stamp.

sean
04-22-2009, 11:36 AM
snopes.com: Cockroach at Taco Bell or in Envelope Glue (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/tacobell.asp)

edit: I totally agree that there's probably nasty stuff on the envelope glue, but the news story is a hoax.

Masterx
04-22-2009, 11:41 AM
snopes.com: Cockroach at Taco Bell or in Envelope Glue (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/tacobell.asp)

edit: I totally agree that there's probably nasty stuff on the envelope glue, but the news story is a hoax.
yeah , tanx for saying that , as you mentioned its a better idea not to risk after all!

SlyMaelstrom
04-22-2009, 12:05 PM
Hey, in some countries, cockroach eggs are a delicacy.

PING
04-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Reminds me of an episode on Seinfeld where Costanza's fiance dies after licking a bunch of cheap envelopes. Ironically, the envelopes were to be used to send invitations for their wedding :)

indigo0086
04-22-2009, 02:58 PM
You might as well not touch money you get from a cashier.

sean
04-22-2009, 03:01 PM
Would you lick money?

anon
04-22-2009, 03:15 PM
Reminds me of Dr Doolittle where they invented postage stamps with medical effects (if I remember correctly) :)

BuzzBuzz
04-22-2009, 03:21 PM
Definitely don't lick self sealing envelopes.

cpjust
04-22-2009, 03:54 PM
This was also on an episode of "Truth or Fiction" many years ago. It was pretty gross...

zacs7
04-22-2009, 03:59 PM
Of course it's fake, who would go to the doctor after getting a paper cut on their tongue?!

lruc
04-22-2009, 04:12 PM
I went to the doctors about a week ago just because of a sore neck. It turned out to be a pretty serious bacterial infection. I guess sometimes hypochondriacs get their way...

cpjust
04-22-2009, 05:59 PM
Of course it's fake, who would go to the doctor after getting a paper cut on their tongue?!

Well considering all the people that go to the doctor every time they get a little cold... :rolleyes:
Yeah, like they've found a cure for the cold virus since the last time they went there...

whiteflags
04-22-2009, 06:01 PM
You can use a sponge to seal an envelope?

cpjust
04-22-2009, 06:03 PM
You can use a sponge to seal an envelope?

Only if it's wet. I've never tried a dry sponge, but I'm guessing it wouldn't work too well. ;)

abachler
04-22-2009, 07:47 PM
Would you lick money?
Only if it was girl money :) I generally give most injuries 2 weeks before I go to a doctor, as I've found most Injuries and illnesses can be healed by the body without intervention.

BuzzBuzz
04-23-2009, 01:31 AM
Only if it was girl money :) I generally give most injuries 2 weeks before I go to a doctor, as I've found most Injuries and illnesses can be healed by the body without intervention.

I tried that once, but my arms never did reattach and started to smell funny after a couple of days. It must depend on the person.