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« on: 24/01/2009 17:34:17 »
My students always tell me not to do it, but it is the only reliable way for me to not forget stuff I have to do. Their logic is that if Mom says it, it is probably true. I cannot find anything on the web regarding this (at least last time I looked).

So, is writing on your hand (or other place on your skin, bad for you?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 24/01/2009 23:10:01 »
no. Some people write *in* their skin and still live.

 

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« Reply #2 on: 25/01/2009 01:39:01 »
My students always tell me not to do it,
Do they tell you why? Apart from, my mum said so? Tell them to ask their mothers :)
 

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« Reply #3 on: 25/01/2009 12:47:57 »
My students always tell me not to do it,
Do they tell you why? Apart from, my mum said so? Tell them to ask their mothers :)

Yeah, most say it gives you ink poisoning. I don't think so though. At least I have not heard anything like this. Doctors seem to have no qualms writing on their patient's bodies before surgery. I am also quite certain that any pen is tested for negative effects on humans before it is sold.
no. Some people write *in* their skin and still live.

A lot of people do thing to their bodies and live. Until they die that is. And then one may ask the question whether life could have continued a few years longer had the person not been writing on his/her hand so much. Is this just a modern myth or should I be concerned about "back-of-the-right-hand cancer"? (At this point this might be a rhetorical question).
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« Reply #4 on: 25/01/2009 13:57:21 »
Whether they should or not, some people chew pens.
Do you think the pen makers' lawyers would let them use toxic ink?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 25/01/2009 17:46:41 »
It can be a tad painful when you staple the pages together.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 26/01/2009 03:19:05 »

no. Some people write *in* their skin and still live.

A lot of people do thing to their bodies and live. Until they die that is. And then one may ask the question whether life could have continued a few years longer had the person not been writing on his/her hand so much. Is this just a modern myth or should I be concerned about "back-of-the-right-hand cancer"? (At this point this might be a rhetorical question).

Ok.. I can't guarantee that you won't die, but I'd stake a bet that it won't be from writing your shopping list on the back of your hand.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 26/01/2009 23:49:37 »
I guess the moms don't want to do the extra cleaning of kids and clothing that comes with writing on skin with fountain pens or biros. By telling the kids its poisonious they try to prevent it. Modern day inks are harmless unless you're allergic to the ingredients. It was quite different in the olden days, some recipes include mercury and other rather unsavory ingredients.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 27/01/2009 01:56:07 »
I had a friend who had blood infection  :(, she used to write with ink pens and markers all over her skin.

Q = was the abuse of the utensils the cause that made her ill [?]
 

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« Reply #9 on: 27/01/2009 02:01:21 »
Utensils = permanent marker ???
 

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« Reply #10 on: 27/01/2009 02:15:35 »
Did she have surgery?
 

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« Reply #11 on: 27/01/2009 03:37:43 »
yep, permanent. And i don't think shed had a surgery.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 27/01/2009 07:40:04 »
I had a friend who had blood infection 
You had ??? Are you saying that she is deceased? ?????????
 

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« Reply #13 on: 27/01/2009 21:41:07 »
Death is kinda permanent. I guess full body coverage might cause a problem. Just writing the od memo on your hand wont kill you though.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 28/01/2009 03:16:08 »
I had a friend who had blood infection 
You had ??? Are you saying that she is deceased? ?????????
it has cure right.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 28/01/2009 05:29:31 »
So she is still alive, okay, that is good to know :)
 

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« Reply #16 on: 28/01/2009 09:23:23 »
Death is kinda permanent. I guess full body coverage might cause a problem. Just writing the od memo on your hand wont kill you though.

You mean you can 'over dose' and it still won't kill you???


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« Reply #17 on: 02/02/2009 00:58:57 »
I had a friend who had blood infection 
You had ??? Are you saying that she is deceased? ?????????
it has cure right.
yep, afaik
 

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« Reply #18 on: 06/05/2013 20:58:57 »
My students always tell me not to do it, but it is the only reliable way for me to not forget stuff I have to do. Their logic is that if Mom says it, it is probably true. I cannot find anything on the web regarding this (at least last time I looked).

So, is writing on your hand (or other place on your skin, bad for you?

I sometimes write on my skin and my mom gets mad at me for it. So many people do it now a days im not sure if its right or wrong. 8D 8D 8D 8D ? ? ? ? ?
 

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« Reply #19 on: 07/05/2013 08:28:47 »
I think it is personal preference.  It saves a little paper.  Perhaps people will think you are weird if you have manicured fingernails and notes written on your hands.

The dose of ink is a lot less than might happen if you had a pen explode in your pocket, (or chewing on a pen and having it explode), and is likely a minuscule fracture of any dangerous amount.
 

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