Archive for the ‘Humor’ Category

While we think about the concerns raised in my previous post, here’s a satiric public-service announcement concerning the naming of new drugs (in case you’re planning on bringing a few to market).  Here in the second decade of the 21st century, drug names MUST:

  • contain three syllables, no more, no less
  • the first syllable may be made up of any randomly-chosen letters. If those letters sound vaguely like something that has something to do with the disease being treated, so much the better, but this is not necessary.
  • the second syllable must contain a hard consonant sound such as “K”, “X”, “CK”, “P”, “T”, or “Q” in order to make the medicine sound strong and effective.
  • the third syllable must end on a soft vowel or vowel-like sound in order to make it sound like it’s gentle on your system.

And the required list of possible side-effects — which may actually be worse than the disease — must be read at the end of the commercial by a summa cum laude graduate of the local auctioneering school.

Herewith are some examples of drug names and their uses, which (not having been copyrighted) are available to any pharmaceutical entrepreneurs:

  • Smelecksa – Temporarily turns off your nose while you carry the trash out
  • Furexie – Prevents cat hair from sticking to your work clothes
  • Notaulska – Prevents strangers from babbling your ear off on the bus or train
  • Denozno – Take before visiting homes with dogs, to keep Fido’s nose a respectable distance away
  • Dorstepo – Prevents salesmen and Jehovah’s Witnesses coming up on your porch
  • Peptoka – I can’t stand the taste of Pepto-Bismol but I need SOMETHING right now!
  • Bunoyza – Stops the car making that weird noise
  • Drugova – Blocks all those annoying drug ads

Feel free to add new drug suggestions of your own!





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A friend posted this on Facebook today and I had to re-post it here.  It’s a blast from the past, part of the soundtrack of my young adult life. Glad to have it where I can find it and share it with friends.

Without further ado… comedian/musician/mathematician Tom Lehrer.  Enjoy.






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The theory is, if you dig it out, it’s yours.  Public street notwithstanding.

Pittsburgh Chair

A Pair of Pittsburgh Chairs

Not being a native, I don’t have a “Pittsburgh Chair”.  Yet.  But this week when someone took the spot *I* had spent hours digging out I very nearly left a note on the windshield saying “Don’t make me get The Chair.

I have no idea what the theological implications are.  Just had to share.

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I should have known…



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In response to my previous post noting that the practice of binding parchment pages together to form books rather than scrolls began roughly 2000 years ago, my sister sent the following link.  It’s an oldie but goodie and appropriate to the discussion at hand.

Here’s what it might have been like 2000 years ago when the new technology was introduced.  Enjoy! 🙂

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From a religious standpoint — and from where my head and heart are right now — we’re currently in the season of Advent.

Now and then, though, I like to dip my toe into the secular celebrations.  This video is from 2005 but I never get tired of it.  Here’s a light show to beat all light shows, to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s  “Wizards in Winter”.  Enjoy!

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Currently making the rounds at Trinity… The Master Singers’ weather forecast in Anglican chant… enjoy!

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