Who is “Cavity Sam”? Clue: You have operated on him on before.
- Cavity Sam is the character on the board game ‘Operation’
- Invented in 1964 by John Spinello, a University of Illinois industrial design student at the time, who sold his rights to the game to Milton Bradley for a sum of USD $500 and the promise of a job upon graduation. Initially produced by Milton Bradley in 1965, Operation is currently made by Hasbro, with an estimated franchise worth of USD $40 million. [Reference]
- In 1957, a soil sample from a pine forest on the French Riviera was brought for analysis to the Lepetit Pharmaceuticals research lab in Milan, Italy. There, a research group headed by Piero Sensi and Maria Teresa Timbal discovered a new bacterium. This new species produced a new class of molecules with antibiotic activity, they called ‘rifamycins’. [Reference]
- Female Physicians (At the Royal Melbourne)
- Female consultants had 120 tasks an hour compared to 93 for male colleagues
- Male consultants spent double the time their female counterparts did on meal and toilet breaks, in fact no female consultant was observed taking a toilet break in the 40 hour observation period. [Reference]
- Vitiligo – veal is a pale meat, the latin is vituli.
- Although others argue its roots maybe derived from other latin words such as the white patches on the calf’s fur (latin for calf is ‘vitelius’) or the latin ‘vitium’ meaning blemish or fault. [Reference]
- On March 27, 1884, one of Queen Victoria’s sons fell down some stairs at a yacht club in southern France. The accident was minor; Prince Leopold suffered nothing more than a few bumps and bruises. But the 31-year-old Duke of Albany had haemophilia, his injuries triggered massive internal bleeding. Within 24 hours he was dead.