Don't Lick Envelopes or Stamps


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I got this in the email and not sure if it is true or not.

Lick Envelopes

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 envelopes...
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.
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!"
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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That is so disgusting!! On the funny side though, it reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld when George's fiance was licking all the envelopes for their wedding invitations and she died from licking them all, because George bought the cheap envelopes. LOL


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Nummy ,Numm, you know you like it :D . I rember my folks getting those publishers mailers and licking all the magizine stamps and playing with them.
Now I don't think I will let my kid play with those anymore. :eek:hno: I think that i'm going to get self adhesive envelopes as soon as this Blizzard ends. :eek:oh:


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Goggle or Yahoo "Urban Legends and Folklore" and you will find this one front and center on a couple of sites. So is not true. (can I post links here)?


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Nanner said:
Goggle or Yahoo "Urban Legends and Folklore" and you will find this one front and center on a couple of sites. So is not true. (can I post links here)?
as long as its not a Auction link, and has to do with the topic, its ok to post a link.

Its sounds really sick, but you know it cant be true, as there would be millions of these cases a year.


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oh, I had forgotten all about licking those magazine "stamps" that came in the junk mail! Funny how so much of us use to do the same things! :)


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Hey now that's way cool. thanks for the link Nanner. More strange things for me to look at :eek:hno: :eek:oh: :lol: Now I will never get my work done.