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319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

Update: 2019-10-2789
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For the week leading up to Halloween, scary stories that are all true. Kidnappings, zombie raccoons, haunted houses—real haunted houses!—and things that go "EEEEK!!!" in the night. Plus, a story by David Sedaris, in which he walks among the dead.
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Rhonda F.

When I was 10 in 1964 I had a pet hamster that bit me which isn't unusual but died the next day. Concerned about rabies my parents somehow learned rabies shots had to begin immediately and continue until the hamster could be tested. It was a three day weekend so my father got in his car and drove the dead animal to Indianapolis, 175 miles away. The shots at that time were given in a circle around the stomach with a huge, long needle and given everyday for 14 days or until the test was negative for rabies. I had been given 5 shots before the lab report showed negative results. My brother insisted that I was the one with rabies as the hamster died after biting me!

Mar 6th
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Messdnys

why did those idiots waste so much time with tire irons and knives?? Shoot the damn thing!

Nov 8th
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Holls Balls

These medical professionals are a joke. It’s like the time I got my hand crushed by a dirty piece of ply wood, tons of deep splinters, and was told when I went to get a tetanus shot “oh you can only get tetanus from rusty metal”.

Nov 5th
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Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston

is it possible to do a New Yorker radio program not featuring David Sedaris? can we not escape the horrible, tedious claws of David Sedaris? if only David Sedaris was a ghost who can be banished.

Nov 4th
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Keith Betton

Whoever told this woman in the rabies act that she had 10 to 14 days to get the vaccine should be fired. It's a 72 hour window from exposure that you have to get the shot 😠.

Oct 28th
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319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

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