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July 2002 Vol. 17, No. 7   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Flotsam & Jetsam

from the July, 2002 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Cozumel Scam: Subscriber Roy Kinder (Manchester, MO) told us how women get stiffed when departing the island. One of their customs agents will look through your purse as another, looking through your bags, acts like he has found something. When you look at what he is doing, his amigo nails the cash in the purse. Three women on our plane lost of $1,400 and didnt know about it until we were in the air over the Gulf. Keep your eye on your purse ladies, or you will be making a contribution to the Mexican Fiesta Fund.

Flow It, Show It, Long as God Can Grow It: Manatees have a sixth sense that works through a network of sensory body hairs unlike anything identified in mammals before. Roger Reep (University of Florida in Gainesville) says that the hairs, which detect slight pressure changes, probably explain how manatees can navigate in dark waters and wait for incoming tides before swimming upstream. A manatees three thousand or so hair follicles are each connected to as many as fifty nerves. A typical human arm hair is only connected to about five. (New Scientist, 23 March 2002)

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