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    Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    RIC is probably gonna love this!

    My brother sent me this email. Don't know if the situations are true or not, so take it for what it's worth...

    True Stories:

    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!
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    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 envelopes..
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    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.
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    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!"
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    3.) To All: 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.
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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    Three words... (1) Susan (2) Toxic (3) Glue.
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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    Snopes says it ain't so! But ya never know.

    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/tacobell.asp

    Everything said about cockroach eggs earlier still applies. This incarnation of the tale is every bit as much a hoax as the taco one. In May 2000 someone thought to add further snippets of implied credibility to the e-mail quoted above, namely:

    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.

    This is a true story . . . Pass it on
    First of all, the story was not reported on CNN. Pasting such authoritative-sounding taglines into the text of hoaxes circulating on the Internet in an effort to give them credibility is commonplace, and this is just another case of some nameless prankster doing just that.

    Second, no one knows who "Andy Hume" is, so why give his supposed comments about working in an envelope factory any credence? It ain't all that tough to make up a comment and a name to go with it. If "Andy Hume" works for CNN, it's news to them. Searches of news databases for any reporter of that name turn up one who writes for The Ottawa Citizen, and wider searches turn up a British sports figure who also carries that name. There was also a Washington reporter, Sandy Hume, who killed himself in February 1998. But there's also no reason to assume any of those folks penned the comment circulated to bolster the credibility of the "envelope" e-mail.
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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    from Snopes.com

    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/tacobell.asp

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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    That's why I have a secretary

    All joking aside, she uses some roll on applicator to seal all our outgoing mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    That's why I have a secretary

    All joking aside, she uses some roll on applicator to seal all our outgoing mail.
    I use a glue stick - much neater...
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    I'm more worried about the calories... Seriously though, if you want to know the truth, there are animal and insect parts in every thing we consume food wise. It is impossible to keep them out. Then there is the whole chemical in food debate. If you are worried about stuff like that, you will surely starve. Nothing that you get from a store is without its impurities. Even if it came from the factory without anything in it, which it doesn't, the way it is handled in the backs of grocery stores is sure to fix that. If you've ever been back there you know what I mean. Even with every possible safeguard in place, you will still get the impurities. Its just impossible to avoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    I use a glue stick - much neater...
    Scotch tape.
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    I lick and use scotch tape just to be sure it's closed.
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    I often wish people would pay more attention to the things that can really get them killed (driving, unsafe guns, cigarettes, alcohol) instead of filling their brains with worrisome nonsense.
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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    The title of this thread could just have easily been "Do you shake people's hands?"

    The things we eat and are not aware of are shocking, but at the end of the day, life expectancy is close to 80 years for the average person.

    I'd tell everyone to take a deep breath but we'd all be afraid of what was in the air.

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    NO.

    Scotch tape all the way
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    Re: Do You Lick Your Envelopes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    The title of this thread could just have easily been "Do you shake people's hands?"

    The things we eat and are not aware of are shocking, but at the end of the day, life expectancy is close to 80 years for the average person.

    I'd tell everyone to take a deep breath but we'd all be afraid of what was in the air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    I often wish people would pay more attention to the things that can really get them killed (driving, unsafe guns, cigarettes, alcohol) instead of filling their brains with worrisome nonsense.
    I was watching The Aviator again the other day. Man, I couldn't live like that.
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    I lick. I'm still alive.
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