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We all know that recycling is a good thing. But recycling sewage water?

According to Discovery News, the drought in Texas has gotten so desperate that the town of Big Spring is considering recycling toilet water for its 27,000 residents.While it sounds unusual (and more than a little gross) it’s not that uncommon. NASA for example, has a system where they filter urine directly to salvage water. 

(PHOTOS: Drought in China)

However, the process in Texas would work a little differently than NASA’s system. “We’re taking treated effluent (wastewater), normally discharged into a creek, and blending it with (traditionally supplied potable) water,” Big Spring’s district manager, John Gran, told Discovery.

Which might not be enough to reassure the squeamish, but with less than 0.1 inches of rain in the region for months, you do what you have to do.

Well, it turns out, there are not “zombies” or “vampires” or even “zombie strippers” ahead as so many digital road construction signs have been indicating recently in Colorado, it’s just the work of some hacker pranksters, according to The Denver Post.

7News reports that the hackers are posting absurd, often humorous messages warning drivers to beware of zombies, vampires or strippers. In Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the Denver metro area several humorous messages have been appearing on road signs over the last few days.

Rick Bowman, co-owner of Barricade & Sign, spoke to KRDO and does not see the humor in the messages. He believes teenagers are responsible for the pranks:

It may be funny to them, but it is a real safety hazard to those that may be living in the area or traveling in the area.

Reports of pranksters hacking into the road side signs have been cropping up for years in Texas, as Fox News reported back in 2009, and more recently in Kentucky as NKY reported in June.

23-state Salmonella outbreak linked to papaya

 

Contaminated papaya appears to be the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella in 23 states the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers. The FDA says papayas imported from Mexico and distributed by Agromod Produce Inc. of McAllen, Texas, is likely the source of 97 cases of Salmonella agona. To date 10 people have been hospitalized but there have been no reported deaths. As a result, Agromod Produce has voluntarily recalled all papaya sold before July 23.

The cases were reported between January 1 and July 18 in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio. Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. While ages ranged from 1 year to 91 years old, the average age of those stricken is 20. More than half of the cases are women. Texas had the most cases with 25 people falling ill.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Salmonella agona  is one of about 2,000 strains of salmonella. Symptoms usually show up 12 to 72 hours after infection and can last up to seven days. Approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported each year in the U.S.

The FDA is telling consumers to check for the Agromod brand stickers on fresh papayas before buying the fruit. Consumers and retailers who already have Agromod brand papayas should throw them out in a sealed container so that even animals can’t eat them. Investigators say anyone who believes they got sick from eating papaya should see their doctor.

The papayas could have been distributed nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. The FDA and CDC are working together with public health officials at the state level to identify additional cases. In a press release the agency said “the FDA is taking regulatory action to prevent potentially contaminated papaya from entering the United States, including increasing its sampling of imported papaya.

Most Fingers And Toes

 

Count’em up. This young man born with 34 fingers and toes set a Guinness World Record for most digits.

Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and 10 toes on each foot when he was born in India in 2010., a Guinness spokeswoman told The Huffington Post.

“I was so happy to see my baby as it was our first child,” his mother Amrita Saxena told NDTV. “But later, when I saw his fingers, I was shocked and surprised,”

Doctors recently amputated the excess appendages in a series of surgeries and now Saxena has the typical five digits per limb, the Guinness spokeswoman said.

This prodigious polydactyl wasn’t born with thumbs, but doctors planned to create them with pieces of the extra figners, The Hindustan Times reported.

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