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This is serious! This incident happened in North Texas, USA. A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday, she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit, She died on Wednesday.

The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.

Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of all soda cans before drinking out of them. The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned.

A study at NYCU showed that the tops of all soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets ,i.e., full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.

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This is a new one. People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don’t they? A man went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out and saw the locker open, and thought to himself, “Funny, I thought I locked the locker. Hmmm.” He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay – all cards were in place.

A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of $ 14,000. He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions. Customer carepersonnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen.

“No,” he said, but then took out his valet, pulled out the credit card, and yep- you guessed it- a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy. $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarelt trigger a “warning bell” with some credit card companies. It just happens that all the small amounts added up to one big one.

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A man at the local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a lokk at the card, and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words- nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.

VERDICT : Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away even for a short period time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, “assuming” that it has to be theirs. For your own sake develop the habit of checking your credit card every time it is returned to you after a transaction.

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Another man went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that he had called in. He paid by using his Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to his checking account.

The young man behind the counter took the card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing. The man noticed the phone because it was the same model he had, but nothing seemed to out of ordinary. Then he heard a click that sounded like his phone sounds when he takes a picture. He was then returned his card but the man at the counter kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, the customer was wondering what the fellow was taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on him: the only thing on the counter was his credit card.

Now he paid close attention to what was going on. The clerk set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, the customer heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved. Now he stood their struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of his credit card. Yes, he played it off, because had he not had the same make of phone, he probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, he immediately cancelled that card as he was walking out of the pizza parlour.

VERDICT : Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don’t be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what what they are doing when you use your card.

Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone theses days. When you are in a restaurant and the waiter brings you card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off.

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Some restaurants are using only the last four digits but a lot of them are still putting the whole thing on there.

There have already been many a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, but don’t make it easy for them

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Indian Railways in collaboration with Google is now providing a 10 digit mobile number to help you ascertain the status of your Railway ticket.. Just SMS your PNR number on this mobile number and instaneously you will get your ticket’s status along with all other journey related details.

The number is 9773300000. Ypu do not have to prefix 0 or +91 to this number. Better still, you will be charged at the standard SMS rate and not at a premium rate.

For more details, please visit http:/www.google.co.in/mobile/default/sms/#

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It is not safe to use expired LPG Cylinders; they may cause accidents. It is therefore prudent to check the expiry period of the LPG cylinder before its acceptance.

How to check the expiry period of LPG Cylinders! It is quite easy. All LPG Cylinders carry on one of their three sides the expiry date in a coded form. The code is simple and easy to decipher.

The code consists of alphabet A or B or C or D representing the First or Second or Third or Fourth Quarter of the year followed by a two digit number for the year of expiry..

Thus:

  1. A stands for March (First Qtr);
  2. B stands for June (Second Qtr);
  3. C stands for September (Third Qtr); and
  4. D stands for December (Fourth Qtr)

The two digits represent the last two digits of the year of expiry, e.g., 06 would stand for the year 2006, 14 for the year 2014, and so on and so forth..

In short, the inscription A-07 would stand for the First Quarter of the year 2007 and the inscription C-10 for the Third Quarter of the Year 2010.

This is how you can easily check the expiry period of an LPG Cylinder. Please return back the cylinder that you get after the expiry date. They are prone to leak and other hazardous accidents.

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