Sunday, August 21, 2011

Stamps. And the perils of licking them.

Stamp commemorating all that was left standing after the US 'liberated' Iraq?

Xink asks: Is it possible to die from licking stamps? As in the Seinfeld episode when George Costanza's fiance dies after licking cheap stamps for a wedding invitation mail out.

Good grief - we get further and further away from food chemistry!

Partly my own fault: My profile has a question on it: "What's the best time you've ever had licking stamps?" My response was "Ah, Stamps! Such a lovely girl. So many memories; how can I choose?" So I guess I have no-one to blame but myself.

The short answer is that I do not know of anyone dying from licking stamps but the mucilage that was put on stamps to act as the adhesive is a protein based material and, as allergenic reactions are generally a response to proteins, it is not impossible that someone may have a reaction.


As for the Stamps of my profile. Yes, if her boyfriend found out, that could kill you.



  1. Thanks for the post and laugh.

  2. Food chemistry? Are we supposed to be sticking to that? (Get it? "sticking"? "stamp"? :))..


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