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Old 28th December 2007, 16:45   #1
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Lubricating Oils Harboring Harmful Virus

The role that germs have played in history, is not confined to those that originated in the human or animals. As anyone who has ever seen barrels of contaminated oil will know, this liquid is also plagued by infection. Yes, we are talking about Lub Oil Heat Resistant Mutant Virus (LOHRMV), which was first reported to have affected humans in Timbuktu in Jan 1987.

The viruses found in Lub oil have evolved to benefit from variations in temperature of engine oil. LOHRMV is one such virus, which thrives in barrels of stored used lub oil. The auto workshops who empty the engine for oil change rarely discard it. It is carefully accumulated in drums and sold to intermediaries who in turn pack the harmful oil into containers and palm them off to dealers at fraction of the price of new oil pack. A significant portion of this oil goes into adulterating the new oil packs. The LOHRMV virus is born in the deadly combination of oil, dirt and lack of oxygen. This virus becomes active when the oil temperature raises to more than 60 degree Celsius. That is, when it is re-used as engine oil. Which is why LOHRMV is only found in those lub oils which have been re-used atleast once or which has been contaminated by such oil.

LOHRMV remains dormant till it is heated to more than 60 degree centigrade. After which it becomes active and starts secreting excreta. LOHRMV's excreta is microscopic. But with each piece of excreta there are thousands of LOHRMV eggs. These eggs withstand high temperature and hatch when they are brought to room temperature and when there is no oxygen. Surprisingly the more the LOHRMV multiplies the more the oil becomes viscous. Moreover LOHRMV eats the dirt and metal and their excreta is colorless. Over a period of time the oil looses the dirty colour and regains its original color and viscosity. This gives a deceptive feeling that the oil is good. Endemic throughout the world, particularly the third world – LOHRMV will be responsible for more sickness every year than any other infectious disease in the twenty first century

A virus such as LOHRMV is one of the simplest biological organisms on earth – it's little more than a strain of DNA. But these can be responsible for one of the nastiest diseases in the world. LOHRMV is a Lubnosis, with "spill-over" to humans, which also poses significant risks for wildlife, zoo and domestic animal populations. While it is not known how LOHRMV entered the New World, proliferation of automobiles, raise in oil prices and lack of legal controls to check adulteration may have helped amplify this Lubnosis virus that circulates among contaminated Lub oils. We analyzed sickness pattern of automobile drivers coincident with engine oil changes. Changing of engine oil in third rated workshops emerged as a common feature.

Yet, mysteriously, the third rated workshop technicians and helpers are not seemed to be affected. But some drivers who give their automobiles for servicing in these centers seem to get affected. So what allowed the third rated workshop technicians and helpers, to survive these tropical germs?

The answer is simple evolution. Over years of exposure to LOHRMV, the workshop technicians and helpers had developed degrees of resistance – and even immunity in some cases. Also, technician community remained fairly small, which limited the level of disease transmission.

Unfortunately, the proliferation of automobiles, meant increase in technician population. Torn from their villages, forced to live and work together in massive numbers and in unsanitary conditions, technicians are falling ill as never before. The scourge of LOHRMV throughout the third world today is, in part, the consequence of the destruction of a way of life which had existed for thousands of years.

But there is hope. LOHRMV is eradicable. Awareness programs aim to rid the third world of the scourge of adulteration. Simple measures, such as the use of lub oil from company showrooms, can have a dramatic effect.

Lets work together in ridding the disease from all parts of our country

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Old 28th December 2007, 17:01   #2
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Good one, for a while i was confused where this is heading.
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Old 28th December 2007, 22:46   #3
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Ha ha really nice and I'm sure after few days we'll probably receive a mail with this story with few modifications and asking us to forward the mail to everyone we know to save the world or something like that.After few such circulations snoop.com or other mythbustar will try to do some tests to see how correct the claim is
And who knows TOI may publish this as a true story and may be Aaj Tak will have a breaking news with different experts pouring their ideas on TV.
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Was reading seriously then realised the kind of fool i am!
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Ha ha really nice and I'm sure after few days we'll probably receive a mail with this story with few modifications and asking us to forward the mail to everyone we know to save the world or something like that.After few such circulations snoop.com or other mythbustar will try to do some tests to see how correct the claim is
And who knows TOI may publish this as a true story and may be Aaj Tak will have a breaking news with different experts pouring their ideas on TV.
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And conduct a sting operation too (maybe a fake sting will also do) and publish nation wide in national channels.
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Good one ravradha. it really had me reading . Guess this is what happens when you bring in 2 kids into this world.
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Ho!!
For a while, I was like.... Then.... Continuing reading further my jaws slowly closed and returned to it's normal position. But still, heart thumping and pulse raising I slowly went on... Gulping in each and every word very carefully until the end note and I was :
Good one, Ravs! Shakes me up in these bad times. A big thanks.
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Old 29th December 2007, 02:59   #8
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Whether knowingly or unknowingly, ravradha has posted one thing which is true.
There is microbial damage to lubes. And they usually occur at about 40 deg C and with presence of water in lubes. Also, as their byproduct is water, which means they are self-sustaining. The lube should be more or less neutral or slightly alkaline. But do not worry. In cars, the lubes are regularly replaced and the lube temp is much higher (at 60 deg C they to microbes die). Till now, the harmfull effect on human beings have not been detected {except when swallowed ;-)}
These kind of growth usually take place in large two stroke engines and power plant gear turbines where the lubes are not replaced for 20 or 30 years and working temp is between 35 and 45 deg C.
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Now we will have:
- India blaming ISI
- US blaming Osama Bin Laden
- Israel blaming Palestine
... the story goes one! :-)
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