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Random Rants LXXVII: I'm sitting here, completely surrounded by no cookies!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Valka D'Ur, Feb 15, 2019.

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  1. choxorn

    choxorn Watermelon Headcrab

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    In the case of humans in particular, evolution decided "Hey I know, I'll have them stand upright which means they'll need narrower hips, and I'll also give them giant heads, that probably won't cause any problems"
     
  2. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Moaner Lisa

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    I suspect horse riding wasn't a major requirment during most of human evolution :)

    And yes that's horse riding, not horseback riding. I don't think the location needs to be specified unless your name is Catherine.
     
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  3. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Moaner Lisa

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    No TB?
     
  4. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Size of human head is clearly linked to needs in infancy, given iirc a grown human has almost exactly 1/2 the head to body ratio of an infant.
    All kinds of such distnct ratios appear. Iirc the fingers of your fully stretched arm (stretched in front of you) take 2 degrees of your periphery of vision.
    There is also the nice sketch in davinci's "man according to vitruvius".
     
  5. EgonSpengler

    EgonSpengler Deity

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    I've never even heard of this before. Those SF con readings sound like a riot. :lol:
     
  6. Kaitzilla

    Kaitzilla Lord Croissant

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    Bloody coughing is caused by bacteria, so it can be treated with antibiotics before it kills.


    I dont recall seeing TB vaccine listed for any US recommendations.

    I don't see any cholera vaccine either even though it causes such bad diarrhea that someone dies of dehydration in a few hours even if gulping down water.
    That much pure water is also dangerous because it does not fix the electrolyte imbalance.
    1L of water, 0.5 tablespoons of salt, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 mashed banana for potassium looks like the treatment.


    A bit weird now that I think about it.
    Tetanus is also a bacteria but it gets a vaccine? :hmm:

    Smallpox was eradicated,so no one gets that anymore.
    Polio only exists in Afghanistan and Pakistan currently.
     
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  7. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles 401 Unauthorized

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    I think the last person in the world to die of smallpox was somebody working in a university laboratory when a sample of the virus escaped and traveled through the air ducts.
     
  8. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Some con traditions are strange, but fun. The Calgary conventions I attended had a traditional pineapple sacrifice on Sunday, by the hotel swimming pool. One of my roommates (a convention newbie) attended, and ended up being thrown in the swimming pool. He came back to the room, changed, went down again, and was thrown in again.

    The third time he came back, another roommate asked, "Wouldn't it have been easier to just jump into the pool with your suitcase?"

    When trying to figure out how to get his clothes dry, someone suggested borrowing an iron and ironing board from housekeeping and drying them that way. So that's what happened, and he dried his socks by putting them over a hair dryer and turning it on (something doable out in the hallway since for some reason I don't remember, all the other plugins in the room were in use).

    As I recall, the Guest of Honor that year was Robert Silverberg, and this happened in the late '80s.
     
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  9. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Moaner Lisa

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    It's routine here. Or was back when I was the age to be getting vaccinations.

    I'm sure I've seen people in American dramas and things with the trademark scar on the arm.
     
  10. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Besides the mentioned ones, there's also Hepatitis B, pneumococci and haemophilus influencae.
    And probably a few more which are not that effective and only used when necessary.

    The immune system needs some time to react to them.
    If you pump them all in at the same time, you might get serious side effects, and maybe not lasting immunization (my guess). There might be cross-reactivity within the vaccines too.

    Policy is probably just lagging behind.

    I'd guess because it's not much of a threat here.
    I'd definitely take it if I'd be going to endemic regions.

    Yes, you can be vaccinated against viruses, bacteria or other parasites (well...malaria vaccine is always in the making...). This mainly depends on if a stable and manufacturable target exists. That's e.g. the issue with the yearly flu vaccine: It needs to be re-done, because the flu virus is not stable.

    Also TB cannot easily be killed. It's a very resistant organism, in some areas of the world fully antibiotic-resistant strains have evolved. TB also causes major damage to your lungs, which will have long-term effects. I'd definitely not recommend getting it.
     
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  11. rah

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    I've got one along with most boomers, My daughter and almost all of her friends don't.
     
  12. hobbsyoyo

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    Are we sure we are not confusing the smallpox vaccine with TB vaccine?
     
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    I think MD and I were referring to TB pretty clearly.
     
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    Smallpox vaccines caused characteristic scars on the arm and was phased out in the 80s in the US meaning you would have it but not necessarily your kids.
     
  15. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    I realised that I accidentally bought two copies of the same comics book. (Damn those alternate covers). It was less than the price of a pint (well, a good pint) but for some reason knowing that it wasn't simply a frivolous purchase but a wasteful one has left this weird knot of guilt in the back of my head all day.

    Whatever nasty little worms live in my brain are really feelin' it today, I guess.
     
  16. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Well not with that attitude!
    TIL that horseback riding is the american form and horse riding is the british form. Neat.
     
  17. Synsensa

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    I've been sick for three weeks.

    Also, some of the cookies I bought are oatmeal raisin. :mad:
     
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    Broken_Erika Nothing

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    I just had an idea. Oreo raisin cookies!
     
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  19. Synsensa

    Synsensa - Retired Moderator

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    That's a horrible idea, and only a horrible person would suggest it.

    Horrible.
     
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    Now that's just evil.
     
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