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Iowa Woman Finds Drowned Bat in Tea Mug
Forbes.com ^ | 9/25/06

Posted on 09/25/2006 8:44:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

A western Iowa woman is recovering from the shock of finding a drowned bat in her tea mug - after she sipped from the cup all day.

The brown bat, about the size of two tea bags, was found a few weeks ago by a 60-year-old Woodbury County woman, said Chuck Cipperley, an environmental director for the Siouxland health office in Sioux City.

"I knew the person, so I knew it was no joke," said Cipperley, who took the call from the woman.

The woman, who declined to identify herself, told Cipperley she found the bat when she was cleaning out the mug at night. She said she put the bat in a plastic bag before alerting the Siouxland health office the next morning.

Cipperley said the bat was sent that day - Sept. 1 - to the University Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville. Results showed the bat did not have rabies.

State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk said had the bat been rabid, the woman probably would have underwent a series of rabies shots, even though the probability of contracting rabies would be low.

The virus needs a break in the skin to enter the body, said Susan Brockus, state public health veterinarian.

Mike Pentella, program manager at University Hygienic Laboratory, said the bat was a first for the lab.

"We test many, many bats," he said, "but none that have drowned in a cup of tea before."


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: hatewhenthathappens; ick
"Spit it out, ya bastard!"
1 posted on 09/25/2006 8:44:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

this tea has an interesting taste to it...complex...mmmm


2 posted on 09/25/2006 8:47:12 PM PDT by verum ago (To the Islamofascists: As long as your beliefs have you live in denial, so shall you die of it.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; ...
"STELLALUNA!!!"


3 posted on 09/25/2006 8:47:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Burglar drops dresser, shot in chest, fills drawers." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: Slings and Arrows

how do you say..... GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 posted on 09/25/2006 8:47:47 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It's enough to drive you battea.

5 posted on 09/25/2006 8:53:26 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Slings and Arrows
the woman probably would have underwent

That kind of stuff drives me crazy.

6 posted on 09/25/2006 8:56:46 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( I am sitting under my cone of silence, inside a copper wire cage wearing a tin foil hat...)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Somebody needs to make bat shaped tea bags for Halloween!
7 posted on 09/25/2006 8:57:42 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Slings and Arrows
"We test many, many bats," he said, "but none that have drowned in a cup of tea before."

If you're going to drown in something, drown in beer.

It would be a lot more fun.

8 posted on 09/25/2006 9:29:50 PM PDT by Allegra (Home, Sweet Home...was a lot of fun.)
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To: Allegra

Don't tempt the Beer Snobs!


9 posted on 09/25/2006 9:37:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Burglar drops dresser, shot in chest, fills drawers." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; mikrofon; Tijeras_Slim
. . . "MOM!"


10 posted on 09/25/2006 10:46:41 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (BAT BOY TEAD OFF!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

ROTFLMAO!


11 posted on 09/25/2006 11:26:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Burglar drops dresser, shot in chest, fills drawers." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Somebody needs to make bat shaped tea bags for Halloween!

And serve them with Jimmmy Hoffa cupcakes.


12 posted on 09/26/2006 6:39:06 AM PDT by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: Huntress
http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/

Above URL has 786 Halloween projects.
13 posted on 09/26/2006 6:42:34 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: gov_bean_ counter
the woman probably would have underwent

That kind of stuff drives me crazy.

Same here.

Obviously, the author forgot to mention the treatment she would have "underwent" would have made her "much more betterer."

14 posted on 09/26/2006 6:49:13 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: N. Theknow; gov_bean_ counter

Why not say...That kind of stuff drives me "batty"


15 posted on 09/26/2006 8:03:04 AM PDT by Redcitizen (When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk. -Tuco)
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To: Slings and Arrows
A western Iowa woman is recovering from the shock of finding a drowned bat in her tea mug - after she sipped from the cup all day.

I gotta call shenanigans. How did she know the bat had drowned? Maybe it was the victim of a Mafia hit staged to look like a drowning.

Also, who the hell takes ALL DAY to drink one mug of tea?
16 posted on 09/26/2006 10:03:12 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Thank you, Flyer . . . I have my music back.)
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To: Xenalyte
I gotta call shenanigans. How did she know the bat had drowned? Maybe it was the victim of a Mafia hit staged to look like a drowning.

The bat was found tied to a chair and poisoned at the bottom of an elevator shaft, where it had fallen onto a hail of bullets. The coroner ruled the death a suicide.

Also, who the hell takes ALL DAY to drink one mug of tea?

If it's a big mug, and she keeps topping it off... (Sayeth the caffeine addict.)

17 posted on 09/26/2006 10:09:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Burglar drops dresser, shot in chest, fills drawers." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ohhh! A halloween freebie!


18 posted on 09/26/2006 7:27:14 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Slings and Arrows

That's nothing - I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.


19 posted on 09/28/2006 2:36:56 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

...how he got into my pajamas I'll never know. < /groucho>


20 posted on 09/28/2006 8:13:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Burglar drops dresser, shot in chest, fills drawers." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hoo-ray for Captain Spalding, the African explorer!


21 posted on 09/28/2006 8:19:33 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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