“Say hello to my little friend!”

I realize I’ve been a bit remiss in my usual monthly feature, in which I have until recently featured a photo of our blog mascot from the infamous Fleet Pharmaceuticals calendar. This year’s been the most bizarre one of all, a radical departure. One might wonder why I’ve missed August.

Here’s why:


That’s one scary image of EneMan. However, I do see some utility to it here. I think I may adopt it as the logo for any post in which Orac applies some serious not-so-Respectful Insolence to someone who is so full of crap that he or she requires our mascot’s “little friend” to clean it out. Suggestions for potential candidates for this treatment are, of course, always welcome. Suffice it to say, I already have a few in mind.


  1. #1 Beth
    September 27, 2008

    Yipes! Scary is right.

  2. #2 Ahistoricality
    September 27, 2008

    Fantastic! Thanks, Orac. I needed that.

  3. #3 greg laden
    September 27, 2008

    What exactly is he/it holding there? A vaccination needle?

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    September 27, 2008

    It was voted the best, too. I have a poster of it I intend to put up on my office door. I think it might have to go on the inside, though.

  5. #5 Liesl
    September 27, 2008

    “What exactly is he/it holding there? A vaccination needle?”

    I’m guessing it’s some sort of enema since his/its shirt has the word “Fleet” on it.

    I once saw a van that advertised their services for mobile lubrication. The name of the company? Fleet Mobile Lubrication Services.

  6. #6 joemac53
    September 27, 2008

    As an old guy who had colon cancer and several colonoscopies, that image is one mean reminder of what will happen to you when you are full of crap.

  7. #7 The Perky Skeptic
    September 27, 2008

    I am laughing so hard at that image!!! The Fleet calendars are so awesome. I am so glad a company that makes enemas has such a great sense of humor about their product.

  8. #8 Brian
    September 27, 2008

    I have the poster, if you’re interested, Orac.

  9. #9 Ancient Brit
    September 27, 2008

    Greg: That’s the silhouette of a standard OTC rectal enema bottle of the type that Fleet and others produce.

    I am sad to say that I only managed to go for 42 years (hah!) before I was forced by circumstances beyond my (sphincter) control to obtain the assistance of the Fleet, as it were. I hadn’t even realized that such products existed outside the realm of the surgical hospital.

    Once I learned about OTC phospho-soda (again, an ignorance that was the consequence of a sheltered upbringing with plenty of roughage) I never looked back (if you see what I mean).

    There was a time when I thought I had encountered an unusual new product that appeared to use an orchestra to help irrigate the colon, but it turned out to be just a typo for “music recital”.

    I had no idea that Fleet had such a sense of humor. I’ll have to look out for their calendar if it’s full of gems like this.

    Maybe it’s because I spent much of my early working life tearing stools apart (not the wooden variety – although sometimes I did wonder at the diet of some people – and not with my bare hands, either) looking for that well-known character Carmine Red (could have been a marxist mafiosi, but no, it’s a dye) to establish start and end points for metabolic balances, but I found this the funniest blog post I’ve seen anywhere 🙂

  10. #10 DLC
    September 27, 2008

    Got that pent-up, bloated feeling ?
    going in for a colonoscopy ?
    Barium enema x-ray series?

    Say Hello to My Little Friend!

    Unfortunately, I’ve met Eneman’s little friend before.
    It’s a crappy job, but somebody’s got to do it.

  11. #11 wazza
    September 27, 2008

    hmm… for my barium enema they just prescribed a microlax enema… but for the colonoscopy, I was introduced to the horrors of…

    ORAL FLEET!!!!!

    just imagine 24 hours of farting fire.

  12. #12 PalMD
    September 27, 2008

    So there was gas flying out the wazza?

  13. #13 Mark Crislip
    September 28, 2008

    While I always say I have not taken anything from a drug rep in 25 years, that is not quite true. About a decade ago the Unasin rep left and, as a parting gift, sent me a fleets enema with the Unasin sticker on it.

    It is still proudly displayed (unused) on my desk, waiting for….?

    I would like the poster, but put pfizer in place of the fleet. Seems appropriate.

  14. #14 Barbara
    September 28, 2008

    He’s scary enough to have saved for Halloween.

    ‘S funny how medical procedures are so maniacal. Well, not so funny. Can you imagine the work of Scarfece and not being able to understand what’s happening. Think child in this predicament.

  15. #15 Dr Aust
    September 28, 2008

    Kudos to the Mfrs for finding some humour in a not-all-that-comfortable subject.

    Since we are all applauding, can I be the first to make the tired joke about the Sh*t Hitting the Fan(s)?

  16. #16 Ron Sullivan
    October 1, 2008

    I do hope that whatever fashion-forward commenter here appears in an EneMan costume for Halowe’en gets plenty of photodocumentation and that Orac posts (or at least links) it here for the rest of us to enjoy.

    Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!

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