Miranda (mandydax) wrote,

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Another stupid forward from Bruce

Bruce sends me emails that have been forwarded so many times that they have more >s than actual content. The content is usually an internet myth trying to pass itself off as fact. I think I'll start posting these for your viewing amusement. He sent me another thing that exposes something that I should be totally outraged and/or disgusted by.

   I used to work for an envelope company. Our plant supervisor used to 
  work in the Chicago plant and told us not to lick the envelopes because
   they would often find dead rats at the bottom of the glue barrel 
(after   thousands of envelopes had been glued and shipped). EEWW!  
   I work in a factory and we have 2 employees who used to work in an 
  envelope factory. They told me that when the machine jams up, they use
   whatever water is handy to thin out the glue. This includes water that
   they just mopped the floor with. Since then, I've avoided licking  
   1.) If you lick your envelopes... You won't anymore!!! A woman was   
working in a post office in California. One day she licked the envelopes 
  and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the lady 
cut   her tongue on the envelope. A week later, she noticed an abnormal 
swelling   of her tongue. She went to the doctor, but 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 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 roach 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. 
   2.) 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!"  
   3.) 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 envelops that were already printed for 
a   customer who was doing a mailing and saw several squads of roaches 
roaming   around inside a couple of boxes with eggs everywhere. They eat 
the glue on   the envelopes. I think print shops have a harder time 
controlling roaches   than a restaurant. I always buy the self-sealing 
type. Or if need be, I   use a glue stick to seal one that has the type 
of glue that needs to be   wet to stick.
   PLEASE PASS THIS ON, if you like TO YOUR FRIENDS. After reading this 
  you will never lick another envelope or stamp ever again. 

   Have a nice day, & keep your tongues where they belong! 

My reply: Do you ever check this stuff? :P The thing about the cockroach is entirely fabricated! I couldn't find anything about the rats, though. I always use self-sealing anyway. *sigh*

The internet is a vast electronic expanse of ignorance and misinformation. This makes me grateful for snopes.com and Google.

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