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   Undertoad  Thursday May 15 12:31 PM

5/15/2003: Fluoride poisoning in India

A terribly sad one. Look at the guy's legs. This is the result of fluoride poisoning, which this one village in India ("Kachhariadih") has somehow become subject to.

They don't know exactly how it happened, but the drinking water from their only well contains far too much fluoride, and it probably has been that way for a long time.

Some think it's the result of damming a local river four years ago, possibly changing underground patterns of water flow. The entire village of 300, including 50 children, are all crippled in this way. Some are much worse off, with bent backs and terrible chronic pain.

In fact, the village is now known for the bamboo sticks the crippled use to hobble themselves around.

And their water problem is not yet resolved.

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kisrael  Thursday May 15 01:12 PM

Yikes! Hope it's absolutely qualitatively different from the stuff in the tapwater here...

wolf  Thursday May 15 02:00 PM

Yeah, but I'll bet he's got great teeth ...

(should this post have been placed in the politically incorrect humor thread?)

That Guy  Thursday May 15 02:03 PM

What happened to the happy Firday image?

perth  Thursday May 15 02:07 PM

its thursday. sorry to break the bad news.


Dagney  Thursday May 15 02:09 PM


I'm guessing that happens tomorrow....

You know, on Friday.



wolf  Thursday May 15 02:26 PM

Originally posted by That Guy
What happened to the happy Firday image?
The miserable Thursday image helps establish contrast.

That Guy  Thursday May 15 03:40 PM

Originally posted by That Guy
What happened to the happy Firday image?
Yea, sorry. 'Tis Firday only in my head.
I guess it's the bliss of having tomorrow off. I apologize.

Bitmap  Thursday May 15 05:15 PM

[optimism]Today could be <b>Firday</b> if we want it to.[/optimism]

novice  Thursday May 15 08:52 PM

Or Furday even ? In keeping with the cute'n furry animal pics

Nothing But Net  Friday May 16 01:40 AM

You guys have to be kidding me with the sympathy.

Here is Lin in all her bow-legged glory... does anyone still go for that!?!?

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But then there is this:

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Yeah, I think I'll keep it!

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