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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:04 PM
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Did you know that 70% of the dust in your home comes from....
flakes of human skin?? :puke: Ewwww....

I'd known of this scrumptious little factoid, but had conveniently forgotten it...until reminded of it again tonite, courtesy of my 12 yr old son, during DINNER, of course. :eyes:

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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:06 PM
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1. That's why I encased myself in carbonite.
No more dust from me!
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:41 PM
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11. Must be tricky when going to the bathroom...
:D
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Ouabache Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 12:27 AM
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29. Plastic wrap and duct tape would have been cheaper
and would have made you immune to terrorist attacks as well...
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 06:56 AM
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32. Terrorist attacks do not concern me.
:rofl:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:08 PM
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2. If our skin flakes off
all our stuff will fall out.

:scared:

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:41 PM
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12. Don't worry, they're MICROSCOPIC flakes.
hopefully your body parts aren't microscopic, too. :evilgrin:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:45 PM
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15. Yeah, but enough of 'em flakin'...
:scared:

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:53 PM
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22. Yeah, scary, huh?
isn't it true that our skin cells are constantly regenerating themselves and we basically have a whole new layer of skin every few years or so....something like that.
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:09 PM
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3. I remember hearing somewhere...
that if the little bugs that eat our skin flakes didn't, we'd practically be swimming in them. Yummy. I also read that there is a particular eyelash folicle bug that developed a taste for mascara.

Northern Exposure did a whole pisode on the bugs that we all carry with us.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:10 PM
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4. I remember that one
ewwww!!
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:11 PM
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5. Ever here about the microscopic worm that if every thing on earth..
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 09:11 PM by mainegreen
was removed there would be an outline of everything made of these worms.

Ung,.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:44 PM
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14. Ewwww...
I haven't heard that one.

Yup, we're all in one great big organic soup, together. :D
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:42 PM
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13. Oh, that's pretty wild about the eyelash follicle bug and the mascara
haven't heard THAT one before...jeez, who knew? Talk about adaptation...

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ThingsGottaChange Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:19 PM
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23. Here's some of the little darlings now...
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 10:21 PM by ThingsGottaChange
http://www.sciencephoto.com/search/searchLogic.html?sub...



edited for not knowing difference betweeen period and comma
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 12:02 AM
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26. Oh, yes, absolutely darling.
:7



"Follicle mite nymph. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a follicle or eyelash mite nymph (Demodex folliculorum). This harmless parasite lives inside human hair follicles (depressions in the skin containing the roots of hairs). Up to 25 nymphs hatch in a single follicle, develop into adults, then mate and enter new follicles. The mites infest the skin of the eyelids, nose and ear canals, feeding on oily secretions from the skin's sebaceous glands, as well as dead skin cells. Infestation is usually symptomless, but allergic reactions to the mites in susceptible individuals can cause hair loss and acne. Magnification: x820 at 6x7cm size."
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:13 PM
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In my house, I think it's mostly made of cat fur.
In fact, I think cats are made entirely of fur, and that their entire function in life is to eat in order to produce fur and a bit of poo. It's also how they reproduce: when the wads of cat fur under the couch reach critical mass, another cat is created.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:46 PM
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17. LOL!! We've got two cats, so yes, we can relate.
our homes are filled with human flakes of skin and cat fur.....great. :puke:
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:13 PM
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6. Will you reward him by adding house dust to the
party menu?

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:45 PM
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16. I don't have to add it cuz it's already there!!
Yummy! :9
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:14 PM
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7. And 70% of those come from the person hiding under your mattress right now
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:47 PM
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18. or possibly IN the mattress...
:scared:
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:16 PM
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8. Well Ye-ha!
There's nothing but flakes living in my house.

What didja 'xpect? :shrug:

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:47 PM
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19. Bug Central on our bodies, too.
mmmmm.....

:D
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:16 PM
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9. "It's not dander, honey - I'm just biodegradable!"
My all-time favorite excuse... :toast:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:48 PM
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20. heheheh.
"Bio-degradable", I love it. How PC of you! :thumbsup:
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:17 PM
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10. A vacuum cleaner salesperson came to our house once
and told my mother that. He called the stuff "body ash" and said that there were probably several pounds of it in every mattress in the house. Which is nice.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:50 PM
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21. Ewwww..."body ash" makes me think of an urn, somehow.
the thought of pounds of it in our bed is NOT very appealing. At least we've got some comfortable sheets with a high-thread count. :D

it's the little things...literally AND figuratively....
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:03 PM
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24. No wonder everything is so yummy.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:06 PM
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25. not if it's spring or fall
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 11:07 PM by leftofthedial
and you have a Siberian Husky, it doesn't
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 12:14 AM
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27. don't forget dust mite feces-
there's lot's of that out there too.
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liberaltrucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 12:25 AM
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28. Kids say the damndest things, huh?
****geek alert****

Fact is, we evolved right along with these microscopic
organisms that eat our shed cells. Didn't seem to hinder
our survival. Bon Apatite!(sp).
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 06:47 AM
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30. Along with 80% of the material in my compost heap
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 06:55 AM
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31. The rest of it comes from bird dander.

That's why Frodo and I shower together.
It's way more fun that dusting!
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