Today's stories [8.17.08]
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"Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically
to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets
and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is
to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to
test the strength of the windshields. British engineers heard about
the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new
high-speed trains. Arrangements were made. But when the gun was fired,
the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel,
crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens,
crashed through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest
in two and embedded itself in the back of the cabin. Horrified, the
Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with
the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists for
suggestions. NASA's response was just one sentence, "Thaw the
It is quite common during the first clinical year for med
students to suddenly "pass out" from standing bedside too
long. I remember one of these sessions where the patient was
an English tourist visiting Malaysia, and ended up sick in my
hospital. We were all gathered in the patient's room and the
clinician went on and on and on. The patient was clearly
waiting for something to happen. Finally the clinician asked for
a volunteer to do a basic physical on the young man. The next
thing we knew, one of the junior med students had fainted, and
landed face down onto the patient's crotch. He must be one
Last night my spouse was berating me for wanting to check my
email as soon as I got home from work. "You know", she
complained, "I think that work rules your life".
"No dear," I replied, "_you_ rule my life. I just prefer work."
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