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PV=nRT and the Exploding Bra

If you didn’t catch NPR’s StoryCorps feature this week, you missed a charming doozy: As a young woman, Betty Jenkins received a gift from her mother that was meant to attract the attention of young men. But as Jenkins, who is now 94, tells her niece, the attention she got wasn’t the kind she was…

George Carlin 1937-2008

John Lynch let us know last evening about Carlin’s passing on Sunday. I think you’ll find many people sharing their favorite George Carlin moments today. I found him to be remarkably observant on how language is used to deal with social and political issues (“shell shock” became “battle fatigue” which then became “post-traumatic stress disorder’).…

I was unaware the DrugMonkey and PhysioProf were on the payroll of The Onion. I’m not a behaviorial pharmacologist but I know quite a few and it didn’t keep me from howling out loud at yet another gem from one of my favorite satirical pubs.

Sunday morning guffaws

Following last week’s outtakes from church bulletins, the synthetic organic chemist who goes by Milkshake of Org Prep Daily sent along this for our pleasure.

Enjoy the Oscars

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, Some that you recognise, some that you’ve hardly even heard of, People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain. Celluloid Heroes, The Kinks, 1972 Star-generator hat tip: Pharmagossip With gratitude to Johnny G.…

Bloggers making a vas deferens

I am very deeply touched (as I was literally yesterday) by the outpouring of support and best wishes from fellow bloggers on the liveblogging of my vasectomy. For all of the dark humor and puns, you have each been instrumental in supporting my aim of telling men relatively quick and painless the procedure is, or…

Yes, this is a science-related post, just a little off topic. We don’t talk about religion much around these parts because my Catholic school upbringing and torture by nuns gives me PTSD. But I grew up in a place where your family was either Catholic or Jewish – equal-opportunity guilt. So it is with painful…

We discussed in a post the other day about the use of a class of anti-glaucoma drugs for cosmetic purposes to increase the number and thickness of eyelashes. Well, we can always count on The Onion to provide us with levity and witty parody on current events. I’m not sure what is more difficult: interpreting…

NASCAR As An Infectious Disease

The Southland is all abuzz today following yesterday’s Charlotte Observer article by Lisa Zagaroli that members of the US House Homeland Security Committee were advised to get vaccinations (for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza) before traveling to car races in Concord, NC, and Taladega, AL. Neither NASCAR fans or local politicians were…

Among these pages, you’ve probably seen Orac’s take on the Providence, RI, feline resident of a nursing home that could allegedly sense when inhabitants were about to die, curling up with them during their final hours. (In critical thinking circles, Orac notes that these observations can be explained by confirmation bias.). Well, The Daily Redundancy…