Respectful Insolence

I don’t recall how I came across this. Perhaps it was while looking for photos of our intrepid mascot that I don’t already have, or perhaps it was to see if anyone else has anything to say about our cheery but strange mascot, the purpose of whose head you really don’t want to think too much about. (On the other hand, I would compare EneMan to Casey Luskin, given how firmly Luskin likes to put his head up the behinds of various luminaries of the “intelligent design” movement, but that would be a profound insult to EneMan, who at least serves a highly useful purpose in preparing the rectum and distal colon for sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies. Besides, EneMan would never mislead anyone.

But did you know that there are some people out there who think that EneMan is a god and that he should be worshiped? It’s true! For I have discovered the Holy Brotherhood of EneMan, where, as the High Priest states, EneMan is “cleansing evil’s bowels.” It seems as though Kim of Emergiblog is well on her way to becoming a member of this cult.

But, in reality, EneMan is no god, although he does have–shall we say?–special powers. As we find out this month (yes, I forgot to post this on the first of the month, given that I had already posted the traditional “EneMan fool” picture for April Fool’s Day). It turns out, however, that our mascot is a pretty good actor:

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“To prep or not to prep”? Personally, I’ll pass as long as I can, but when I hit age 50 and need to get a colonoscopy, I will probably have no choice.

In the meantime, when EneMan hears about this cult, he’ll be insufferable.

Comments

  1. #1 EoR
    April 8, 2007

    Perhaps you learnt about the dark, cavernous worshippers via this post? Or is it some psychic synchronicity?

  2. #2 Joe
    April 8, 2007

    Orac,

    I have been under the impression that colonoscopy (and such) today eschews the traditional enema. I have been given to believe one drinks “something” the day before the procedure, and then pushes water till the output is clear (in technical terms- that would be “the trots”). Would you mind elaborating.

    Thanks.

  3. #3 Inquisitive Raven
    May 5, 2007

    I don’t know about a colonoscopy, but when I had to prep for abdominal surgery (and Orac’s seen my complaints about THAT), I had to drink a vile-tasting purgative (and flavoring doesn’t help; I’ve had it both ways), and after I’d ejected everything that I could with that, I was given an enema for good measure.
    Did I mention that internists are obsessed with BM’s and that my mom’s an internist?

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