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  1. SomeGuy says:

    I always thought beaver fever was some kind of venereal disease.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      No, that’s Bieber Fever. It originates in the nether parts, but mostly paralyzes brain function.

  2. PhasmaFelis says:

    Holy shit. You mean that Ren and Stimpy episode was serious?

  3. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the existence of beaver fever was quite well known.

    • Missy Pants says:

      I was gonna say, never been to Canada then either. Beaver Fever is all up in all the small northern towns waterways. Its why you don’t drink the water from the tap at the cottage! That’s for washing only not drinking!

  4. legsmalone says:

    This reminds me of all the sanitation classes I’ve taken in my foodservice career. I also remember drinking out of a crystal clear mountain stream once. Once.

  5. We’ve all tasted a little beaver ass. Castoreum is derived from the beaver’s anal gland, and is an additive that is used to give a vanilla, strawberry, or raspberry taste to foods and drink. It’s labelled a natural flavoring and fairly pervasive in our food, i.e., gum, candy, ice cream, Jell-o, to name a few. It’s also used in cigarettes, as well.

    The more you know…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Seriously unclear why it’s more efficient to milk the anal glands of beavers than to just use strawberries.

  6. oschene says:

    Giardia is a tough bugger. Chlorination doesn’t touch it, it’s got this whole encysted thing going on. In the 80’s, the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts got some in its water system and we were boiling water for months on end.

  7. Antinous / Moderator says:

    At our summer house, we got our drinking water from a spring that bubbled up right outside the door.  We always thought that it was a bit naff to get it from a stream.

  8. welcomeabored says:

    Obligatory referral to Margeret Cho routine — NSFW:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu4T9lzZicU