For the past three weeks, people have been sending me various articles about how tongue piercing can lead to brain abscess. Big deal. You're more likely to get a staph infection from a papercut and loose your legs to necrosis. How many tongue piercings have been done? Certainly a million. If the odds of an easily treatable infection are one in a million, then I'm not too worried.

It should also be pointed out that the did not follow the advice of the piercing community (it's generally accepted that you don't take the jewelry out of an infected piercing because it can trap the infection inside, leading to an abscess). In any case, if you want to argue against tongue piercing, base those arguments on chipped teeth, which is a real measureable risk.

Stopping tongue piercing over the risk of brain infection would be like stopping wearing any clothing with a metal zipper because it might attract lightning.

Oh, and this is an old link, and I might have already linked it, but if you buy stamps, make sure you ask for ones with a flag on them!

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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