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I have a doctor friend of mine who occasionally tells the story of the time I walked around for three days with a burst appendix.  She tells it to other doctors.  The punchline is, “…and he lived!”

So yeah.  Should be dead right now, but the burst appendix was a window opened for me to look at my rather freakish physiology, which I’ve always taken for granted – but apparently, I have a ridiculously high pain tolerance and an iron stomach that can devour just about anything and not get sick.  In fact, I hate it when I get the flu, because I’m always stuck for hours in that horrific position where the body tells me, Everyone else is firmly in favor of ejecting all the food in your body, except for the stomach.  He is the lone holdout.  Talk to him, sir, we’re all suffering here.

So I’ve been slowly learning that not everyone else does things.  This morning was another, and so I ask:

Occasionally, if I don’t finish a glass of milk at night, and accidentally leave it out, I’ll drink the leftovers the next morning.  Waste not, want not, say I.  It’s a little warm, but tastes fine otherwise – I’m not crazy enough to drink sour milk.

My wife, however, thinks this is just another symptom of my freakish immune system.  If she did that, she’d get ill.  I assure her it doesn’t taste bad, but that’s not the point – it’d still give her food poisoning.  I point out that people on the frontier had to drink warm milk and they didn’t die, and she in return points out that we’re not really living on the plains of Kansas.  Point.

So I ask you folks: could you drink a swallow or two of milk that smells fine that’s been left out overnight?  Would you?  Am I just sufficiently able to shrug off such stuff that I’ve never noted the weaknesses before, or is it something that’s normal (if not, you know, polite) and most people’s systems can handle it?  I’m curious.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

Date: 2011-08-05 05:25 pm (UTC)
wednesday: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wednesday
Sir, what the hell. I would have gotten sick from looking at the warm milk, or smelling it across the room.

Date: 2011-08-05 05:31 pm (UTC)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
From: [personal profile] snippy
Bugs drowned in that milk. Dust fell into it. The cat drank from it. Even if it hasn't gone off, it's yucky.

Your kink is okay but it's not my kink.

Date: 2011-08-05 05:38 pm (UTC)
teresafloyd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] teresafloyd
This! The mere thought makes me feel all icky.

Date: 2011-08-05 06:33 pm (UTC)
amberfox: picture from the Order of Hermes tradition book for Mage: The Awakening, subgroup House Shaea (Default)
From: [personal profile] amberfox
I'm my family's official food-checker; things smell off to me about 3 days sooner than for the rest of them, which really sucks when I want cereal. Given that I usually write off the milk 4 or 5 days before the listed date, I'm thinking "no" on the overnight!milk.

Date: 2011-08-05 08:43 pm (UTC)
hennes: Lavender (Default)
From: [personal profile] hennes
Assuming no bugs landed in it and the milk was fresh on the evening before I would drink it. I would not drink it if it was sour, but even sour milk is not unhealthy.

I would NOT drink it if it was milk which wasn't pateurised. Getting 'real' fresh milk is getting hard though. Local law (Europe/NL) prohibits selling it, but I have some families with farm. And cow milk, 10 minutes after milking it is delicious.

Hell No

Date: 2011-08-06 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm the person who tells everyone the fridge is starting to die because the milk straight from the fridge is now .5°warmer than usual.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:14 am (UTC)
zoethe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zoethe
I think that the only thing you've really proved is that Dreamwidth users have weaker stomachs than LJ users.


Date: 2011-08-06 06:00 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I'm not known for my nervous stomach, but I'm also known to be a picky eater. So even though I don't know if it would make me sick, I also wouldn't drink it.

Err on the side of caution.

Date: 2011-08-06 11:02 am (UTC)
hennes: Lavender (Default)
From: [personal profile] hennes
Luckily milk is something which becomes sour before it goes bad. However I agree that it is better to be safe than sorry.


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