Pigtails, Duckbills and Roasted Guinea Pigs

The invention of the duckbill speculum in 1845 revolutionized gynaecology. Up until then, doctors had been using the bills of actual ducks (usually dead ones). American doctor and animal rights activist J. Marion Sims felt there had to be a better way and set out to find it. After numerous experiments on volunteers (South Carolina slaves volunteered by their owners, …

The End of Fruity Ambiguity

There was a time when you could compare apples and oranges. In fact, for the most part of history it was near impossible to differentiate between the two. Which may seem silly now, in hindsight, but consider the similarities. Both are fruits, growing on trees. Both are roundish in shape, attached to their tree by a stem originating from their …