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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Whisky used to save blind drunk man's sight...

English: JW Black Label
English: JW Black Label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whisky used to save blind blind drunk man's sight...
For Denis Duthie a bottle of whisky was exactly what the doctors ordered.
And one even rushed off to the bottle store for the vital "medicine."
Mr Duthie, a Taranaki chef, had Johnnie Walker whisky tube-fed directly into his body by doctors at Taranaki Base Hospital after a heavy vodka drinking session took a horrible turn.
In July this year Mr Duthie, a diabetic of 20 years, was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit after he went blind while drinking at a 50th wedding anniversary party.
Mr Duthie supplied the Taranaki Daily News with his Taranaki District Health Board medical records outlining his unusual hospital treatment.
The notes say doctors suspected the 65-year-old was suffering from formaldehyde poisoning and they decided to start alcohol infusion into his stomach via a tube through his nose.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Birds descended from dinosaurs it is claimed...

English: Illustration of the basal troodontid ...
English: Illustration of the basal troodontid Anchiornis huxleyi, by Matt Martyniuk. Digital. Colors based on the patterns recovered by Li et al. 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


    Birds descended from dinosaurs it is claimed…
    Archaeopteryx, illustrated here, had multiple layers of long flight feathers. Click to enlarge this image.
    Carl Buell, © Jakob Vinther
    Evidence is mounting that modern birds descended from gliding, feathered non-avian dinosaurs.
    Two dinosaurs could be candidates for the bottom of the bird family tree, and each helps to reveal how feathers first evolved.
    “The oldest known feathered dinosaurs would be Anchiornis (155 million years ago) and Epidexipteryx (between 152 million and 168 million years ago),” Yale University paleontologist Nicholas Longrich told Discovery News. “Feathers seem to have appeared initially for insulation. Basically they start out as down, and later are used to make wings.”
    NEWS: Modern Birds Are Really Baby Dinosaurs
    For a study published in the latest Current Biology, Longrich and colleagues Jakob Vinther and Anthony Russell examined fossils of Anchiornis huxley and of Archaeopteryx lithographica, a Jurassic species that could be the world’s oldest known bird.
    WATCH VIDEO: From a tiny, tough guy T. rex to a mummified duck-billed dino, take a look at these stories and more in our dinosaurs playlist.
    “Where dinosaurs end and birds begin is a bit arbitrary,” Longrich explained. “There’s no clear cutoff that separates one from the other. That’s the nature of evolution; things gradually change from one thing into another.”
    The scientists found that the wing feathers of Archaeopteryx and Anchiornis were similar, but not identical. The variations between the two appear to represent early experiments in the evolution of the wing.
    Archaeopteryx had multiple layers of long flight feathers. In contrast, the dinosaur Anchiornis had an abundance of simple, strip-like feathers that overlap, somewhat similar to the feathers on penguins.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Same sex relationships may have a role in evolution...

Same-sex pair of albatross
Almost a third of Laysan albatross couples are female-female pairs that build nests and rear young together. They are more reproductively successful than unpaired females. Photograph: Eric VanderWerf/Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Birds do it. Bees probably do it. No one's sure whether educated fleas do it. What they do is have same-sex relationships and, in a new review of published research on the subject, biologists have started to consider what it might mean for the evolution of the animals in question.
Nathan Bailey and Marlene Zuk, biologists at the University of California, Riverside, found that same-sex relationships were a universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom, seen in everything from worms to frogs to birds. "It's clear that same-sex sexual behavior extends far beyond the well-known examples that dominate both the scientific and popular literature: for example bonobos, dolphins, penguins and fruit flies," said Bailey.
Penguins have been known to form long-term same-sex bonds where males will engage in sexual activity. Toads generally don't discriminate between sexes while marine snails all start out male and, when they mate with another male, one of them helpfully changes sex. Dolphins will often touch their genitals together or one male might even mount another and penetrate its blowhole. Bonobos go the furthest in same-sex bonding with regular copulation among males.
But not all relationships should be considered the same. A male fruit fly, for example, may court other males because it lacks a gene that allows it to tell the difference between the sexes. "But that is very different from male bottlenose dolphins, who engage in same-sex interactions to facilitate group bonding, or female Laysan albatross that can remain pair-bonded for life and cooperatively rear young," said Bailey.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Are my test results back?

An oil lamp, the symbol of nursing in many cou...
An oil lamp, the symbol of nursing in many countries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


:>>Mike was lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, heavily sedated from after a four hour, surgical procedure.
A young, student nurse was asked to to give him a partial sponge bath.
Nurse", he mumbled, from behind the mask. "Are my testicles black?"
Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know, Sir. I'm only here to wash your upper body and feet."
He struggles to ask again, "Nurse, are my testicles black?"
Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around.
She takes a close look and says, "There's nothing wrong with them, Sir!!"
Mike pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles and says very slowly, "Thank you very much. That was wonderful, now, listen very, very closely...
I said Nurse A r e - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s - b a c k ? :)
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hutt's Blogesphere - My thoughts today...: Peppermint tea has a number of healing properties....

Hutt's Blogesphere - My thoughts today...: Peppermint tea has a number of healing properties....: The list of benefits from drinking peppermint tea is really quite long and includes taking it for nausea, cramps, IBS, anxiet...

Peppermint tea has a number of healing properties...

The list of benefits from drinking peppermint tea is really quite long and includes taking it for nausea, cramps, IBS, anxiety, irritability, immune booster, menstrual cramps, and it is also full of antioxidants.
To make your own mint tea just get a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves, a tea pot, one bag of green or black tea and some sweetener.
Boil some water and pour a small amount of the hot water into the tea pot. After some time, discard the water and add the mint leaves along with the tea bag and sugar. Add remaining boiled water and let that steep for a few minutes.

Acknowledgements:  Barmac
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

8 100 year old tips for writing about controversial topics...

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (b. 29 May 1874 – d....
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (b. 29 May 1874 – d. 14 June 1936), English writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


8 100-year-old tips for writing about controversial topics...

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G.K. Chesterton, a leading journalist of the early 20th century, would have made a great blogger. He was popular in large part because he was controversial. Via his quotes I will show how bloggers should approach controversial issues to promote debate rather than stifle it.
Image Credit: G.K. Chesterton, By Herbert Lambert (National Portrait Gallery)
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He was born in 1874. He was fat, unattractive, disheveled and absent-minded. His ideas were dismissed and often ridiculed by many of the era’s most exalted men and women of letters, science and state. Nevertheless he remained popular with peers and the public during his lifetime, and his ideas are every bit as relevant and provocative today as they were 100 years ago.
His name was Gilbert Keith Chesterton, and he was one of the most prolific, and in my judgment one of the finest, writers of his day or any other day.
G. K. Chesterton was a leading journalist of the early 20th century. An Englishman, he wrote about everything under the sun: politics, religion, history, philosophy, literature, culture and economics were among his favorite topics. He wrote voluminously: novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays and Christian apologetics. In addition to all of this, he was an active and sought-after public speaker whose debates with George Bernard Shaw attracted worldwide interest.
Chesterton was popular in large part because he was controversial. He attacked communism and socialism at the very time these ideologies were picking up steam. He attacked capitalism and predicted its downfall while it was basking in its glory. He was a convert to Catholicism in an Anglican society that was rapidly becoming secularized, and a man who respected history at a time when the culture was in rebellion against it.
What does all this have to do with blogging?
Today we live in a world that is not all that different from Chesterton’s. We are confronted with problematic and contentious issues everywhere, issues which seem unresolvable. Just as then, dark clouds hang over our heads, even though one man’s cloud is another man’s sun.
However, one thing that is different today is that we seem to have lost our ability to discuss contentious issues with civility, and with the purpose of finding common ground and solutions. It is in this area that I think we can learn from Chesterton, because he had the ability to tackle tough issues head-on, make his case with complete conviction, and yet still hold the respect of his opponents and continue to engage them.
So what advice did Chesterton give us bloggers? So what have we to learn from this writer?

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