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    Can your flip-flops kill you?

    Can your flip-flops kill you? - TODAY Health
    Summer footwear harbor more than 18,000 bacteria, including deadly germ
    updated 9:20 a.m. ET Aug. 18, 2009
    Ah, the casual, comfortable flip-flop: A symbol of summertime, an emblem of relaxation and a harbinger of death?
    OK, well, that may be overstating it a little bit but not by too terribly much, health experts say.
    TODAY, with the help of the University of Miami emergency mobile flip-flop lab, tested some footwear and found that there were more than 18,000 bacteria on just one pair of flip-flops. Even more shocking than the number of germs were the types represented bacteria from fecal matter, skin and respiratory germs. One pair of 6-year-old flip-flops had germs that cause yeast infection and diaper rash.

    More below, This gets interesting

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    Can your flip-flops kill you?
    bit of a no brainer really , hard to find something that can't kill you ............

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    They're not doing a very good job of killing the locals. There's still loads of them around.

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    Fascinating. Shoes carry bacteria. That's a shock.

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    I think you will find that the bottom of womens purses are even more rank...

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    Boil first. Then eat. No ploblem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    tested some footwear and found that there were more than 18,000 bacteria on just one pair of flip-flops
    Pffft, amateurs.

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    mine double as mosquito-deterrents, if they get past then there's the running shoes to contend with

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    just wear them with clean white socks

    like the poms do


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    flipflops are only dangerous to health if you eat them raw, or stick them in strange places

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    just wear them with clean white socks like the poms do
    Thats zi Germans, not us.

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    I broke a toe once because of a flip flop, but i did not die from it. Perhaps i am cooking them wrong?

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    you can just pick them up on the beach here



    Flip-Flotsam is a Kenyan short made. It follows the working life of the flip-flop from production in a Mombasa factory to disposal and eventual rebirth as children's toys. Tens of thousands end up in the sea before landing on Kiwaiyu island's beaches on the Lamu archipelago. Here the local women carve and assemble them into children's toys and mobiles. This is a meandering, cheery film celebrating the resourcefulness and creativity of Kenya's beachcombing islanders.

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    I don't like them. Never have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    I don't like them. Never have.
    I do not own any and I never wear them, I do have a pair of open counter shoes for in the house and wear Topsiders or Timberland deck shoes outside.
    And I would just as soon that people wore their shoes in my house as we do sweep and mop the floors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    I don't like them. Never have.
    Don't like wearing them or eating them?

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    I think I would rather eat them than wear them

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    Shove them in a hot oven for 30 minutes and you get great crackling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Bob
    Shove them in a hot oven for 30 minutes and you get great crackling.
    Shove them in the microwave for 3 minutes and you get stinking black smoke and a small fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    I don't like them. Never have.
    I do not own any and I never wear them, I do have a pair of open counter shoes for in the house and wear Topsiders or Timberland deck shoes outside.
    And I would just as soon that people wore their shoes in my house as we do sweep and mop the floors.
    You're a fashion rack, BG.

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    Can your flip-flops kill you?
    over the last 4 years, my dogs have likelybeen responsible for the destruction of 100 flip/flops.

    never seemed to bother 'em too much....

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    I thought this thread was gunna be about Philippino woman!

    Anyway I have known a few that could could kill a man at 10 paces with one flick of her tongue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    6-year-old flip-flops
    Why the hell would you wear any footwear for 6 years, let alone flip flops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    Why the hell would you wear any footwear for 6 years
    just like jocks, they are only starting to have that 'lived ' in feeling!

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    Used and chopped flip flop is the main ingredient in Thai steaks. Provided the steak can be chewed and swallowed, potentially lethal.

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