By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 5, 2012 - Some children are mistakenly thinking laundry detergent is candy and eating it. Specifically these laundry detergent pods. Nearly 250 people have called poison centers around the country in the past couple of months after small children swallowed or bit into the packets. Poison control says if a child ingests the product. Symptoms include vomiting, problems breathing, and passing out. Recently, two toddlers had to be put on ventilators after eating the packets. But there's actually a sticker at the bottom of the product that says "keep away from children."

Also, body odors change as a person gets older. A study finds that people can identify each others ages by smell. Researchers in Philadelphia took underarm samples from young, middle aged, and elderly people. Participants were able to guess the age group according to the odor and they said the smell from older people was less intense and unpleasant than the younger groups.


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  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:34 PM
    One would think that if children are eating laundry detergent, then they would smell better than older people. Maybe how bad one smells is inversely proportionate to the amount of laundry detergent consumption. There's how the two seemingly disconnected stories could be relevant to one another. Of course...I am just kidding.
  • by None Location: Tallahassee on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    I was thinking the same thing.
  • by Chicken Guts on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    Maybe it's just me, but I would have considered covering the kids eating laundry deterget on the one hand, and the smell/age correlation, on the other hand, in two stories. The really don't fit all that well together, yes?
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