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2890 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Oct 2001 at 2:57 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2001-10-15 03:01:09 PM  
That shiat will kill your arse clean in half.
 
2001-10-15 03:10:20 PM  
Anthrax isn't nearly as scary as people make it out to be. I love FAQs. :P
 
2001-10-15 03:14:17 PM  
What most people don't know is that for pulmonary(sic?) anthrax treatment actually has to be given before symptoms appear, or else you die. Because by the time symptoms appear the bacteria are already dead and it is the toxins that are realeased by them and their deaths that kills you. Oh well, guess the media doesn't want to frighten people.
 
2001-10-15 03:28:04 PM  
Wow, it actually doesn't seem THAT bad... as long as you catch it early you should be all set. Only problem with me is I always seem to have cold symptoms. wierd. the skin one is really easy to notice.
 
2001-10-15 03:33:48 PM  
I've been snorting this coke someone sent me in a letter all morning now, and nothing is happening?
 
2001-10-15 03:39:30 PM  
Just a question for anyone out there who may know:

Are anthrax spores succeptible to irradiation? It seems to me that you could effectively eliminate transmission through the mail if we just routinely irradiated letters with the same process the FDA has approved for food sterilization.

And since you won't be eating your letter and this process could save your life, it seems that there would be little public resistance.

Any comments?
 
2001-10-15 03:44:15 PM  
skleenar... good idea, till you try to send your roll of film to be developed
 
2001-10-15 03:45:00 PM  
Well, any photographic film would likely get exposed...

Also, we'd have to have expensive irradiating equipment set up at the post office, and postal employees trained to use it.

I'm not sure I'd like to see what happens when someone gets 'disgruntled' while weilding a device designed to spew large quantities of radiation...
 
2001-10-15 03:45:12 PM  
this is why i pay all my bills via the internet
 
2001-10-15 03:45:37 PM  
Important: The only way to neutralize the anthrax spores in your mail is by inserting the entire parcel IN YOUR RECTUM. We're talking full insertion here people don't half-ass it. It's the only way to save your ass. Now get out there and start cramming.
 
2001-10-15 03:58:59 PM  
Eating undercooked meat from infected animals also can spread the disease.

... which reminds me... when visiting Tenessee, a waiter asked me how I wanted my burger "done". Is this crackwhore craziness a Tenessee thing, or is it an American thing?

(the concern for this is usually e.coli, though)
 
2001-10-15 04:00:45 PM  
That's an American thing, Katmbca. It means how do you want it cooked: Rare, Medium, Medium-Well, Well, Well Done.
 
2001-10-15 04:01:11 PM  
Not sure about irradiation. Many bacteria can exist in a spore-like state where they are, for all intensive purposed, biologically inactive. If the bacteria aren't dividing and replicating, radiation may not be that effective. Although I guess enough RADS will kill anything.
 
2001-10-15 04:02:47 PM  
Anthrax just reported on a Continental airline flight from Las Vegas to Cleveland....
 
2001-10-15 04:35:21 PM  
Source? And is this another case of talcum powder, or do they have a positve test from the biological hazmat lab on the flight?
 
2001-10-15 06:42:08 PM  
If the objective is terror, then talcum powder works just as well, and is cheaper.

I feel ill... I think it's my talc allergy...
 
2001-10-15 07:47:44 PM  
I knew what they were asking, I was just shocked that they asked.

?....!!! COOKED, of course.
 
2001-10-15 09:02:49 PM  
About nuking the mail, neutron radiation would do the trick. I doubt even Anthrax could stand having holes punched in its DNA. Expensive and very dangerous though.
 
2001-10-15 10:08:21 PM  
Nuke the mail?

Nuke the sender!
 
2001-10-15 11:13:38 PM  
Got a letter without a return address? Worried about it?!?

Don't! - As long as no Post Office people have been infected, then you don't have to worry about an unopened envelope. Put it into a ziplock bag and then put that into another ziplock bag and then call the cops and tell them what you did, so that the hazmat people don't have to come out in full gear.

So...

You want to know how to kill spores? Use a caustic - Chlorine will tarnish everything that you've got, so forget it (the fumes will eat your lungs out). My personal recommendation is liquid plumber. Pour that on a suspicious letter (using a ceramic dish, please!), and I don't think that you'll be in any danger.

But I'd rather that you bag it and passed it along to the cops.

He who has done that./
 
2001-10-16 08:47:54 PM  
Anthrax eh - sometimes you get dealt a bad hand.
 
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