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67: Bad Medicine

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Paging Doctor Feelgood! We need 100cc of trivia facts STAT!!! We explore the trivia-filled world of medicine - specifically, the weird and wacky medical treatments: old-timey snake oil, traveling medicine shows, alcohol, quacks, that wonder drug "calomel", leeches (no, no, they're actually quite nice!), Hollywood "script doctors," and an odd story about... ancient Chinese ingenuity? Yeah...

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There was a little controversy surrounding the 1908 finish and the winner of the race Dorando Pietri. The usual Marathon distance at the time was around 25 miles and this is what Pietri had trained for. The extra mile took it's toll on the Italian and as he entered White City Stadium and crossed what should have been the finish line he collapsed.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfunnydiablo3

I can't believe you didn't mention the way to tell the difference between good leeches and bad leeches -- good leeches have stars on their tiny chests...

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Charles

I do enjoy your podcasts, even when your American pronunciation of English grates. However, there were two classic bloomers in this last episode:

1. The city of Norwich is not pronounced 'Nor Which' but as follows: 'rwich' is pronounced 'rich', i.e. with a silent 'w' [yes, I know that the 'w' is pronounced in the towns of Nantwich and Sandwich]; the 'No' part is not pronounced as 'no' - the opposite to yes - but rather to rhyme with the 'lo' in 'lorry' (the vehicle, not the lory monkey). So, if instead of saying 'lorry', you try saying 'lorich' and then try 'Norwich',you've probably got it approximately correct.

2. There are two different pronunciations to 'patent': pronounced like 'pay tent', you're talking about the shiny, synthetic, black material, whereas 'pat ent' refers to intellectual copyright.

Please carry on the good work of stimulating my brain every week.

Virginia Lavender

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterV Lavender

Pronounced "nor which" here on Animal Planet when talking about the dog breed:

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCisco

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