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, …

Beware Orange Calendar Man!

There was a time when no one was safe from Orange Calendar Man. Always counting the days until… Sure, he looked harmless enough, with his round plastic body en short stubby legs, but once he got on a roll, there was no getting away from him. Fortunately, the world can now sleep soundly once more, thanks to Orange Calendar Man …

Philips HZ 5100 Fan

Fans of the figurative may recognize a kind of jolly face on the right, perhaps even with a complicated idea rising from its head, like a helicopter. Those fans are probably the same people seeing all sorts of animals in clouds. Good for them, but I don’t see it. I just see happy little parts, finally freed from the bonds …