Friday, December 04, 2009

Blowing Smoke . . .



I have been feeling very uninspired as of late and have found it difficult to come up with a post theme. This device, however, is so ludicrously bizarre that it has encouraged me to dust of my keyboard.

It appears that, during the 17th century, attempts were made to revive victims of drowning by sticking a hose into their rear end and blowing tobacco smoke into their rectums. Faith in this practice was so widespread that tabacco enema rescue units were stationed along the Thames.

The theory was apparently passed on from North American Indians to colonists, and made its way into the medical mainstream. I have an alternative theory, though, and can just imagine the laughs this hoax created in the dwellings of the indigeneous population at the expense of the gullible Europeans.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

and so the first bong was born...

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Speaking of asses, is the snow up to yours yet? My brother in WI is getting pounded, they are expecting another foot today...

4:39 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

I hear Montreal and Quebec City are being hit, but they're 1,200 miles to the south. We hardly get any snow up here, and technically it is a desert. It was really interesting to watch that storm make its way eastward from LA.

11:10 PM  

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