TYPO OF THE WEEK
Real Mistakes, Real Laughs:
Air bases were built on captured islands of Tinian, Saipan, and Guam but they were barley within the range of the long-range bombers.
(hope the bombadiers weren't on gluten-free diets)
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Monday, March 23, 2009
So now there's a medical use for flies, or at least, their larvae. Maggots are increasingly used for wounds that won't heal. They eat the necrotic flesh, clearing the way for healthy tissue to proliferate. I guess Theodoric of York, Barber-Surgeon (Saturday Night Live vintage role for Steve Martin during the '70s) wasn't so off base with this medeival prescription. Cupping, another medieval remedy where heated glass vessels about the size of a modern juice glass were applied to the back, leaving quasi-burn circles where the ill humours were sucked right out of the patient's body. Are leeches next?
Factoid: flies seek out decomposing corpses to lay their eggs because the putrifying body fluids contain mega-nutrition for the maggots. Cremation, anyone?
What other creatures have questionable purposes in the food chain? Let me hear from you!