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Gastric lavage: Otherwise known as stomach pumping. It's done to flush out ingested toxins before they enter the bloodstream. The practice is no longer used widely because the amount of toxin removed is unreliable and often negligible, and the procedure can result in adverse complications, such as damage to the gastrointestinal tract.

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L-cysteine is an amino acid used to extend the shelf life of commercial bread products. It is often listed in ingredients lists as "dough conditioner" and is most commonly synthesized from human hair, though duck feathers, cow horns and pig bristles are also used. Most of the source hair is gathered from the floors of hair salons in China.

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A very angry woman stormed into her doctor's office.

"Yesterday, when I was having my procedure, someone stole my wig," she declared.

The doctor and staff tried to calm her down.

"I can assure you that no one here would have done such a thing," said the doctor. "Why do you think it was taken here?"


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