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Date Added: April 29, 2001
The notion that we watch too many ultra-gross horror films is demonstrated beautifully by the huge popularity of this nauseating urban legend.
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, 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 roach 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.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON
"A woman was working in a post office in California." The hard facts end there. We get no names, no locations. California is a big state with a lot of women and post offices.
An outrageous but plausible-sounding story, coupled with no way to verify the claims therein, equals urban legend.
This story was not reported on CNN. A thorough search of their web site came up empty. Also, who the heck is Andy Hume? The placement of his name in the letter has falsely led many to believe he works for CNN. The phrase "Andy Hume Wrote" actually indicates that someone named Andy Hume forwarded this message at one time (many e-mail programs automatically add the line "USERNAME Wrote" to the original message in an e-mail forward or reply). That automatically inserted nicety has become part of the message and is used to create a more authoritative - but undeserved - tone.
The good folks at Snopes.com explain the biological impossibility of the whole thing. Break this Chain!