Never fear, another round of FFFF is here!
Studies show that 73.2% of people start to develop FFFF withdrawal symptoms 168 hours after receiving the previous dose. Thus it would be inhumane to delay any longer… Bring on the funtabulous frivolity!
Q1. What is a banana equivalent dose?
- Though bananas may make you think of other things, a banana equivalent dose is actually a unit of measurement based on the amount of radiation that is absorbed by eating one banana.
- 1 banana equivalent dose is 0.01 mrem or one ten thousandth of a Gray.
- A chest x-ray is about a 1,000 bananas, whereas a flight from Melbourne to Johannesburg and back is about 1,400 bananas!
- However, this unit is a measure of the energy absorbed (similar to Gray or rad), not the biological effect of the radiation (Sievert or rem), so it is a little misleading (as discussed here).
Q2. Who is this man and why would the Utopian Border Patrol arrest him?
Q3. Although 50,000 people lay dead in Waterloo on June 18th, 1815, after yet another French defeat, dentists had cause for celebration. Why?
- The Battle of Waterloo would be better named as The Great Tooth Bonanza.
- According to Stephanie Pain in the New Scientist, 2001:
“In the early part of the 19th century, patients with plenty of money but very few teeth were prepared to pay enormous sums for a good set of dentures. The best were made with real human teeth at the front. Most of the time demand for second-hand incisors far outstripped supply, but wars helped make up the shortfall. The windfall from Waterloo provided enough to ship supplies all round Europe and even across the Atlantic.”
- To learn more about French military victories, go to Google, enter in ‘french military victories’ and click on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’. Or go straight to the Complete Military History of France.
Q4. Do doctors tend to get good or bad press? What is the ratio of positive to negative stories about doctors published in newspapers?
- While the media likes stories about doctors, they particularly like stories that cast doctors in a bad light.
- A 2001 study published in the BMJ looked at articles in the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, and Daily Mail from 1980 to 2000. During this time the ratio of negative-to-positive stories was 2.3.
- Others believe that it depends what papers you read, and that tabloids give doctors worse press than broadsheets.
- Of course, in this age of blogging, doctors can now give themselves all the good press they want! Scr*w you Murdoch!
- Ali NY, Lo TY, Auvache VL, White PD. Bad press for doctors: 21 year survey of three national newspapers. BMJ. 2001 Oct 6;323(7316):782-3. PMID: 11588080; PMCID: PMC57356.
Q5. What is the ‘ear-cough’ reflex?
- The ear-cough reflex was first described by Friedrich Arnold in 1832, he of Arnold’s nerve fame. This nerve is pops out of the jugular ganglion of the vagus nerve, spelunks its way through the tympanomastoid fissure, and hits pay dirt at the posterior and inferior meatal skin of the ear. So what‽ I hear you say, while smugly thinking how nice it was have had that interrobang handy…
- Well, the ear-cough reflex is also known as an Arnold’s nerve cough. Irritation of this nerve (aka the auricular branch of the vagus aka the Alderman’s nerve) can cause coughing. Chronic irritation — from a foreign body or impacted wax in the ear canal, or such like — can cause a chronic cough.
- Make sure you look in the ears of your coughing patient, it may save them a lot of needless tests!
- Jegoux F, Legent F, Beauvillain de Montreuil C. Chronic cough and ear wax. Lancet. 2002 Aug 24;360(9333):618. Erratum in: Lancet 2002 Oct 19;360(9341):1256. PMID: 12241935.
Remember kids… “If you can’t win, change the rules.” — Peter Safar’s 9th of 22 Laws for the Navigation of Life.