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Old 13 February 2008, 04:17 AM
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Comment: An automotive-industry professional, I sometimes perform the
somewhat non-professional act of making a quick not in pen on my palm for
later action. Several of my colleagues have expressed concern that pen
ink is toxic. Is my practice dangerous?
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Old 13 February 2008, 04:22 AM
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According to my mother, yes, it will be absorbed by your bloodstream and cause ink poisoning!!!!!1 (the effects of which she has not yet revealed to me). However, they are probably similar to the lead poisoning she is convinced you can get from pencils.
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Old 13 February 2008, 12:05 PM
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You have pre-1564 pencils with actual lead in them? Neat!
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Old 13 February 2008, 03:34 PM
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According to my mother, yes, it will be absorbed by your bloodstream and cause ink poisoning!!!!!1 (the effects of which she has not yet revealed to me). However, they are probably similar to the lead poisoning she is convinced you can get from pencils.
Hey, your mom and my gramma went to the same medical school.
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Old 13 February 2008, 03:59 PM
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Comment: An automotive-industry professional, I sometimes perform the
somewhat non-professional act of making a quick not in pen on my palm for
later action. Several of my colleagues have expressed concern that pen
ink is toxic. Is my practice dangerous?
No, your practice is not as effective as it could be. If you write on your palm, it will wear off. If you write on the back of your hand, you will be able to read the note when you need it.
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Old 13 February 2008, 04:20 PM
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I often write on the back of my hand. It is an excellent way of remembering things.
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Old 13 February 2008, 04:24 PM
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In high school my goth (well, pre-goth - it was the 80s) friend used to give herself very large and elaborate tattoos all over her arms, neck, face, hands, etc. using all manner of ink pens - sharpie markers, ball point pens, etc. And she weighed about 80 pounds. I can imagine that if you got enough ink in your system it could poison you, but if Ianne didn't get sick from all that ink, this guy certainly isn't in any medical danger.
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Old 13 February 2008, 04:36 PM
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I remember once absent-mindingly realising I was licking the tip of a pen. I'm still here.
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Old 13 February 2008, 05:44 PM
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And who hasn't been chewing on a pen whilst cogitating only to have it spectacularly disintegrate and fill mouth with ink? In a lesson? surrounded by bored kiddies desperate for any kind of entertaining distraction?
oh, just me then.
I used to self-decorate all the time. Teachers would screech 'Blood poisoning!' but parents just asked me not to. No dire health threats, they merely thought it was silly.

'I am tired of these jokes about my giant hand. The first incident occurred in...' and so on.
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Old 13 February 2008, 05:54 PM
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I do this all the time. Though I tend to use sharpies more then ink pens.
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Old 13 February 2008, 06:04 PM
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(well, pre-goth - it was the 80s)
I'm pretty sure that falls well within the time of Goth
/hijack
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Old 13 February 2008, 09:27 PM
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And who hasn't been chewing on a pen whilst cogitating only to have it spectacularly disintegrate and fill mouth with ink? In a lesson? surrounded by bored kiddies desperate for any kind of entertaining distraction?
oh, just me then.
Me personally, no. But my friend Steve from junior high and high school was a notorious pen chewer. We're talking serious gnawing, chewing off the ends of Bic Stics, cracking the ends of the clear plastic ones, mutilating the caps, and so on. And he would spend about three days a week with his face smeared in blue or black ink, from gnawing through the ink filler of a pen. Last I heard he was fine.

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Old 13 February 2008, 11:47 PM
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And who hasn't been chewing on a pen whilst cogitating only to have it spectacularly disintegrate and fill mouth with ink? In a lesson? surrounded by bored kiddies desperate for any kind of entertaining distraction?
oh, just me then.
Me! Me! But only once .
We also used to smear white glue all over our hands and peeled it off when it dried. Hours of fun!!
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Old 14 February 2008, 10:26 AM
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And who hasn't been chewing on a pen whilst cogitating only to have it spectacularly disintegrate and fill mouth with ink?
All the time.
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Old 19 February 2008, 06:15 PM
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We also used to smear white glue all over our hands and peeled it off when it dried. Hours of fun!!
Ah yes! How to simulate the joys of a peeling sunburn without all the hassle of living somewhere where you're likely to actually get one..! Also done in stages to create the rotting zombie skin look (without all the hassle of dying somewhere where you're likely to actually become one). Almost makes me want to go out and buy a jumbo bottle of Elmer's. (And was the glue's mascot any relation to the safety one..?)
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Old 19 February 2008, 06:30 PM
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This weekend I made a very old fashioned kind of ink out of oak galls and iron (and a few walnuts and some wine and some vinegar and some gum arabic and a little bit of ground clove). It stained my hands pretty good but I am well.
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Code of Federal Regulations

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(7) Rigid or semirigid ballpoint ink cartridges are exempt from the
labeling requirements of section 2(p)(1) of the act (repeated in Sec.
1500.3(b)(14)(i)), insofar as such requirements would be necessary
because the ink contained therein is a ``toxic'' substance as defined in
Sec. 1500.3(c)(2)(i), if:
(i) The ballpoint ink cartridge is of such construction that the ink
will, under any reasonably foreseeable conditions of manipulation or
use, emerge only from the ballpoint end;
(ii) When tested by the method described in Sec. 1500.3(c)(2)(i),
the ink does not have an LD-50 single oral dose of less than 500
milligrams per kilogram of body weight of the test animal;
and
(iii) The cartridge does not have a capacity of more than 2 grams of
ink.
In other words: if the ink would be more poisonous than specified (LD-50 single oral dose of less than 500
milligrams per kilogram of body weight of the test animal, which I believe is quite a large dose)
it would need labeling as a toxic substance.
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Old 19 February 2008, 07:58 PM
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My quite healthy, very artistically-inclined 13 year old regularly uses her skin as a canvas for her pen-and-ink artwork (not literal pen-and-ink, mind you; typically gel pen ink and the occasional pedestrian ballpoint).

I have asked her not to, not because I am concerned for her safety, but because she's not matured enough in her personal hygiene to ensure the "tats" do not become too aged.
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Old 25 February 2008, 01:34 AM
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Hey, your mom and my gramma went to the same medical school.
My mother was in the same class as well.
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Old 25 February 2008, 02:32 AM
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In other words: if the ink would be more poisonous than specified (LD-50 single oral dose of less than 500
milligrams per kilogram of body weight of the test animal, which I believe is quite a large dose)
it would need labeling as a toxic substance.
That works out to 20 grams for a 90 pound kid. I think you would have to chew quite a few pens to get that amount.
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