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Shrimp in drinking water are microscopic and harmless.

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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 01:15 PM
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A photo posted to the online sharing site Reddit has the Internet abuzz. It shows a tiny animal--a shrimp-like crustacean called a copepod--and announces that the reader found it in his New York City tap water.



"You swallow these invisible shrimp with every gulp of NYC tap water," trumpeted online blog Gizmodo about the discovery. Time magazine's website also announced the find breathlessly, exhorting New Yorkers to "drink up"--but noting that the critters may pose a problem for many of the city's Jewish residents.

"Besides a serious 'ick' factor, the copepods are technically crustaceans, which means they aren't kosher for the city's large Orthodox, observant Jewish population," the site warned.

Copepods like this one are among the zooplankton that live in freshwater--and that's nothing to worry about.

Photo of copepod Eudiaptomus vulgaris from Wikimedia Commons

It's all true. There are, indeed, copepods in New York's drinking water--and the reason they're there is that the city's water is superb for drinking. In fact, people across the country with excellent natural water supplies swallow invisible bugs like these every day


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Ok so I was wondering how many other known creatures are living in our drinking water besides these little guys?



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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 01:17 PM
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I need to open a shrimp pet shop and sell these little guys in Cali.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 01:22 PM
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Lol good 1 Romantic_Rebel that would be a very small zoo somewhat a flea circus eh. I felt it was interesting to hear that its ok to drink these things from a day to day basis without any health risk..



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 01:51 PM
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These little guys are why NYC water tastes so good, and why it's the only place you can get a really good bagel!!



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:00 PM
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I dont know erumisato I am starting to wonder myself if there are simular creatures in my drinking water as stated. I just cant see me picking up a crystal clear glass of water and possibly seeing 1 of these things large enough to see and still wanting to take a drink. I thought these were purified during treatment.


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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 02:25 PM
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Are these sea monkeys ?



I know those are Brine Shrimp but micro shrimp nevertheless.

Hey, maybe NYC could start selling their water along the lines of Hamburger Helper.

Simply sautee NYC water with butter and garlic and you've got Micro Shrimp Scampi !




posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:25 PM
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I think some one should tell the vegans about this thread over at the "meat=shorter life" thread.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:27 PM
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I remember back in elementary school in science class we were making terrariums, and our teacher had a jar full of tap water to use for watering them. One day we noticed that there was 'stuff' growing in the water :p I'm not entirely sure what it was, but i think it was either little algae-like plants or shrimpy things like this. Makes you wonder just what all is in tap water...



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 03:42 PM
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I love shrimp, infact I love them about 100,000 times more than fluoride or Prozac in my water.

Odd that Prozac is from fluoride eh?


I can hear it now, "how come I only got 3 scrimpz when she got 5 scrimpz?"



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:39 PM
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Although the thought of micro-shrimps in your belly is scary, I think the water could be much worse. We are very lucky to have clean/ish water supplies. Fortunately my water supply is not Flouridated(as far as I know) so the water we get should be pretty clean, shrimps an' all!



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:43 PM
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Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
"Besides a serious 'ick' factor, the copepods are technically crustaceans, which means they aren't kosher for the city's large Orthodox, observant Jewish population," the site warned.


Class action lawsuit overdue or perhaps some mind gymnastics to rationalize why it's not a violation of Kosher practices to consume them. Maybe the Jews will start burning something in retaliation. Seems the hip thing to do these days.

I myself amd burning some Twilight books to retaliate against gaywad emo crap.

Oh, maybe they're the babies of the crab people? They'll discover we've been eating them and drill to the sirface to begin the great crab people war that will end our civilization in 2012.


edit on 9-9-2010 by thisguyrighthere because: for crab people reference



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