Respectful Insolence

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If you happen to be a blogger, has there ever been anything that you meant to blog about, but it totally slipped your mind? This is just such an item for me.

Yes, multiple people e-mailed me about this on Friday, and for some reason in my amusement at David Kirby’s antics over the weekend twisting a CDC report and then looking even more clueless as he modified his post in response to his errors being pointed out, producing a mangled mess that made even less sense than before, in all the fun, I totally forgot about the item.

And my blog mascot is not at all pleased. Here’s why:

MOSCOW - A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk.

The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa’s director said Thursday.

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Kharchenko, 50, said the monument cost $42,000 and was installed in a square in front of his spa on Wednesday. A banner declaring: “Let’s beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas” — an allusion to a line from “The Twelve Chairs,” a famous Soviet film comedy — was posted on one of the spa’s walls.

A sentiment with which, I’m sure, EneMan could agree wholeheartedly. (Certainly I’d agree about the “sloppiness with enemas” part–gross!) I’m sure he appreciates the bronze tribute to his raison d’être. One has to wonder if EneMan is brushing up on his Russian, the better to make his pilgrimage to Zheleznovodsk?

On the other hand, having pretty blonde nurses wearing high heels lined up by the giant enema is an image that conjures up connotations that aren’t exactly entirely wholesome.

Comments

  1. #1 Patrick
    June 23, 2008

    I too must admit failure, but in a different vein. I had read the story about the syringe and was awestruck by the statue, but I totally forgot that this might have ramifications for our beloved EM.

    I wonder if the folks in Zheleznovodsk will enjoy seeing him pull up in the Fleet mobile to view this amazing work of Art?

  2. #2 John McKay
    June 23, 2008

    I think if I saw the Fleetmobile drive up I would sound the alarm and try to warn people that the enema was at the gate.

  3. #4 D. C. Sessions
    June 23, 2008

    Orac, please ping me — I’m at the usual address.

  4. #5 DLC
    June 24, 2008

    Yes, let’s put an end to sloppy enemas, and get to the bottom of our difficulties.
    (/pun)

  5. #6 She-Liger
    June 24, 2008

    Enema ;)It is our present to you, our dear foreign fighter against quackery. :)

    And here is:
    http://postpostscripti.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/the-liar-with-scientific-degree/

    second enema for you!

  6. #7 Orac
    June 24, 2008

    Got a problem with Dr. Colquhoun? Please take it up with him and don’t post irrelevant crap to my blog on a post to which your link isn’t even related.

    This will be your only warning.

  7. #8 Blaidd Drwg
    June 24, 2008

    With friends like these, who needs enemas?

  8. #9 She-Liger
    June 24, 2008

    Irrelevant?
    The man is dishonest in his anti-quackery activity. It is relevant to your blog.

  9. #10 Gack!
    June 24, 2008

    Holy Crap, Batman!

    Too bad, I thought this was going to be a tribute to the garlic bulb.

    I am also trying to shake an image of Mini-Me from one of the Austin Powers movies…something about a laser….

  10. #11 Ktesibios
    June 24, 2008

    Actually, that statue looks more like one of the rubber syringes you can buy at the drugstore to wash the wax out of your ears.

  11. #12 Sigivald
    June 24, 2008

    Famous Soviet film comedy is a set of words I never thought I’d see in that configuration.

  12. #13 She-Liger
    June 26, 2008

    Hmm… And do you see Soviet films? :)

  13. #14 Warren
    June 30, 2008

    My my. Public enema number one, I see.

  14. #15 Svetlana
    July 9, 2008

    Oh! No! :)
    Number ONE is here:
    http://nhsblogdoc.blogspot.com/2008/07/urine-enemas-suggested-as-treatment-for.html
    Quacks forever!!! :) ;)
    Super-idiotism :)