There have been stories about how a person can die from leptospirosis by drinking from soda cans that may have been contaminated with rat droppings or urine. But what is really the truth behind these claims? Anyone of us has been guilty of drinking straight from soda cans without even cleaning the top. But if we do, will that be enough?
Although it can be filthy to drink from the soda can without cleaning it first, the Leptospirosis Information Center (LIC) dismissed the leptospirosis warning as a fake. Also, exposure to diseased rats’ (or even other animals’) urine or feces may indeed cause leptospirosis in humans but drinking from a dirty soda can will highly unlikely result to the infection.
LIC explained that the bacteria Leptospira require being constantly immersed in water so it can thrive. This makes the bacteria unable to survive on dry surfaces. Since the surfaces of the soda cans do not hold moisture, the drinking containers won’t likely contaminate the contents.
The top of soda cans have been claimed to be contaminated with rat feces and urine, which can cause death from leptospirosis.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also noted about how the bacteria can only survive outside of the host under favorable conditions.
The bacteria prefer moist, slightly alkaline soil, stagnant ponds, and low-flow, slow-moving, slightly alkaline streams. In these conditions, the organism can survive for several weeks.
The claims have been dismissed as a fake, but still, soda can tops should be cleaned first.
The soda cans that sit on supermarket shelves for days can accumulate dust; they may even be handled without proper sanitary measures once they leave the factory. However, that doesn’t mean they’re dirty enough to cause death. Although the leptospirosis claims have been cleared as a fake message circulating online to send spam emails and viruses, LIC still recommends it’s good practice to wash the top of the soda can first before drinking from them.
Then again, there’s also the option to use a straw or even pour the soda into a glass.
Adolf Hitler’s Personal Phone Just Got Sold for $243,000
Adolf Hitler used to bark his evil orders using this telephone.
An old, scarlet phone that is believed to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler was sold at an auction for a whopping $243,000. The said phone, which could have been used to send orders to deliver countless people to their graves, was purchased by an unidentified individual who participated in the auction via telephone.
The old phone, along with a porcelain dog, were retrieved from Hitler's bunker by Ralph Rayner, a British officer, soon after the second world war ended. Ranulf Rayner, Ralph's son, said that Russian soldiers who were then in control of the city where Hitler's bunker was located handed over the said items to his father.
Adolf Hitler used to order the deaths of countless millions across the globe from this phone.
Top Cities in the World that Takes the Most Selfies, According to TIME Magazine
Let’s see if your city matches up to the rest of world when it comes to your love of selfies!
With social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and the like, more and more people who love their daily look (or just love to pose) can now post their selfies online. It's a huge phenomenon, and naturally, huge phenomena like these give us a lot of valuable data.
TIME Magazine made it their mission to build a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged "selfie" that also has its geographic coordinates. With this pool of data, they were then able to rank the 459 cities based on how many selfies they generated.
10. George Town, Malaysia
6 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Everyday Objects
Why do lollipop sticks have tiny holes? And why do underwear have pockets? Read on!
We think we know everything most of the time. With smartphones and Google, it seems quite easy to get any information we want. However, there are pretty much a lot about mundane things left for discovery.
There is something about everyday objects that we often encounter but we just assume their purpose and dare not question. The result? We end up living a lie our entire lives.
Okay, maybe that's too much of an exaggeration. But the following facts about these ordinary things may give you that ‘Aha!’ moment and clear any misconceptions you had before. ...
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