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  •  Ineresting (3+ / 0-)
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    Ender, aitchdee, craiger

    I've never had a mosquito bite, bee sting, fire ant bite, chigger bite, wasp sting, or any other insect/arachnid event - and I've spent a lot of time outside in places where other people were getting bitten and stung by each of the above. I always assumed that they must all be turned off by the same thing. Maybe not, if you get some but not others.

    Maybe I just have some sort of miracle genome that happens to turn all of them off.

    I know it's not just a lack of reaction. I've experimented with just not swatting mosquitoes. They don't bite. They're not repelled, either; they just land on me and don't do anything. They sit there for a couple seconds and then fly over and bite the person next to me. It's like I'm an inanimate object.

    I've let fire ants crawl on me too. They're just not interested.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:33:46 AM PDT

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    •  I hope you're leaving your body to science? (4+ / 0-)
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      Ender, Flying Goat, craiger, kyril

      Somebody needs to dissect you and figure out the trick! I'd donate money to this cause!

      Although, that said, I do wish you a long and healthy life, LOL.

    •  Some people are super-attractors (2+ / 0-)
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      Scientists observed mosquito behavior in a target rich environment. They found that the mosquitoes would preferentially bite one or two people in the crowd and leave the rest alone.

      This was discovered right about the time of the West Nile Virus scare in New York City. Ads appeared in the newspaper inviting super-attractors to attend outdoor parties and get paid for it.

      I should have been there. I could have made some money.

    •  Kyril, (2+ / 0-)
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      kyril, sillia

      do you find you're less sweaty than most other people? A physician I once knew--who, like you, was never bitten or stung by anything, ever (she even used the same phrase to describe the phenomenon, "it's like I'm an inanimate object") ascribed it to her un- (or at least under-) productive sweat-glands. Said that studies had been done proving this, though I never looked them up. Just a thought! :^)

      God bless our tinfoil hearts.

      by aitchdee on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:35:57 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, I barely sweat (2+ / 0-)
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        I almost never get hot (air has to be above body temperature and I have to be exercising to be even slightly uncomfortable in the heat), and even then I don't really sweat much.

        That could be it :)

        "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

        by kyril on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:02:22 PM PDT

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