Hot Rectal Peat Douche

“The main strength of the book lies in the description of the numerous ways in which peat was utilised in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The author clearly proves that peat is a fascinating substance with qualities that made it suitable for a wide variety of tasks, from horse bedding, to soap and paper manufacture and as a soil improver and building material. In the UK and Germany its properties were even promoted in health spas, with treatments such as immersion in hot electrified peat and the even less enticing hot rectal peat douche.”

Richard Brunning reviewing Ian Rotherham’s 2009 book Peat and Peat Cutting in the journal Landscapes 11:1 (2010), p. 108

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  1. #1 CherryBombSim
    March 11, 2011

    Maybe I got in this time. If it is a duplicate post, delete it, please.

    Totally off-topic, but I am playing a game on-line (A Tale in the Desert) which is having a special archaeology event this weekend. You need a special shovel to participate, and a very, very high quality archaeology shovel gets to be named as a “famous blade.” Since I am the go-to girl for anything made from an anvil, I thought I would make these, and name them after archaeologists. I am running out of names, though, as I am only a geologist, so I would like you to suggest 10 names or so of archaeologists who are worthy but not widely known. Don’t make me resort to calling one “Rundkvist.”

  2. #2 Martin R
    March 11, 2011

    I’m confused. You’re playing a game with virtual shovels, and somehow there is now demand for physical shovels? And are you sure you don’t want to make trowels instead? We use them far more.

    Anyway, ten worthy buy not well known (outside the profession) archaeologists, all of whom happen to be Swedes:

    Hanna Rydh
    Ture Arne
    Jan Peder Lamm
    Mats Malmer
    Gustaf Hallström
    Greta Arwidsson
    Birgit Arrhenius
    Holger Arbman
    Berta Stjernquist
    Oscar Almgren

  3. #3 Drivebyposter
    March 11, 2011

    You forgot Indiana Jones. He is a moderately well known archaeologist.

  4. #4 CherryBombSim
    March 11, 2011

    Excellent. That is exactly what I needed. They are now immortalized. Until the server goes down again. Is the internet a great resource or what?

  5. #5 Mike Olson
    March 12, 2011

    “Hot Rectal Peat Douche.” What a great name for an anarchist/death metal/punk band.

  6. #6 Robert S
    March 12, 2011

    re comment #1 atitd gives you sand, mud, slate, wood, and a few other things, from there you have to build or trade for everything. The anvil was (might still be I haven’t found the time to play in a loooooong while) where you take virtual whacks at a bit of metal to try and bang it into the perfect shape. I highly recommend you take a look at it.

  7. #7 Masks of Eris
    March 14, 2011

    At a first glance, the lines that jumped out at me were “Many Sb readers have a hard time getting onto the server right now” and “with treatments such as immersion in hot electrified peat”.

    Spent a second sure these two were connected, unsure of if that would really help, but half ready to grab a shovel, a hairdryer and a bathtub, and try. Then I read on.

  8. #8 Martin R
    March 14, 2011

    Yes, Sb is really set up mainly to draw our readers into a swamp of perverse pleasures involving, among other things, hot rectal peat.

  9. #9 Phillip IV
    March 14, 2011

    Martin R @ #8:

    Yes, Sb is really set up mainly to draw our readers into a swamp of perverse pleasures involving, among other things, hot rectal peat.

    Interesting, very good to know. Just out of interest and strictly academical, if I was to give the peat thing a pass for now, what would be the other perverse pleasures currently on offer? >_>

  10. #10 Martin R
    March 14, 2011

    Well, there’s the cold rectal mustard douche and the lukewarm rectal mescaline douche…

  11. #11 Phillip IV
    March 16, 2011

    I think I’ll have to pass on those, too. But I’ll keep the phrase “lukewarm rectal mescaline douche” in mind for use as an insult – it should be a lot more effective than just calling somebody a “douche”.

  12. #12 Birger Johansson
    March 16, 2011

    The TV spoof “Five Go Mad On Mescaline” with a young Stephen Fry (adressing the children’s detective books by Enid Blyton) should have a sequel “Five Get A Cold Rectal Peat Douche”.
    Or what about an episode of “House, M.D.” using the concept? He is certainly enough of a bastard to do that to an annoying patient. On detective Tritter?

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