Monday, 20 December 2021

Singable Silliness: MEXICAN UKE-SONG

 


CLOTHING MOTH HAT-DANCE 

(to the tune of "Mexican Hat Dance" with adaptation and 'original' lyrics by Alan Sherman)


Clothing moths, we are not like the fruit fly
(We admit with orange eyes they're a cute fly)
We shun froth, just ask any astute fly,
We eat sweaters and shirts, even hats.

Can't stand fruit, we eat dry, suits us better,
Like your suits; we don't fancy things wetter.
And we love old skin flakes from a shedder,
Like that guy who wears Mexican hats. Olé! 

We can't stand foam or froth.
Our favorite food's 'whole cloth'.
The hats and suits you doff
Are a family meal for the moth.

As adults we don't need feed our offspring. 
We just mate, and do things of that ilk.
Don't fly much, legs we lay,
Larvae hatch, and then they
Ravage cotton and woollens and silk.

Clothing moths! Live like toffs.
We're just snobs - Tineolas,
We play our violas,
While your old sombreros we doff.

Feel voracious? Please look you old meany
We're your dinner guests though we're quite teeny,
We'll infest your old box of 'linguini'.
But don't like your rendition of 'sauce'.  

REPRISE:
We can't stand foam or froth.
Our favorite food's 'whole cloth'.
The hats and suits you doff
Are a family meal for the moth.

Now in closing...  your sweaters are tatters,
The scraps literally filled up our platters.
We're engorged on keratinous matter.
Like your silk and wool suits
(We've ignored leather boots),
Left large holes in chapeaux made of cloth.
That's the work of the quirky clothes moth. Olé


Wednesday, 15 December 2021

The frontier of poetry: the first ten PALINKUs

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An additional point: Where do these palindromes come from?
The majority are in the 'classic repertoire' of this constrained but nonsensical form of writing. The authors are proud to report that they have apparently concocted the remainder. 
  
If you feel that you need more enlightenment about palindromes before proceeding, we have a sort of lesson entitled "POLITICAL PALINDROMES" that appears in serialized form on our other blog "Daily Illustrated Nonsense". You can undertake that adventure by clicking HERE for 'slide A'.  





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Friday, 10 December 2021

Breaking News: FUNNY BONES, fragment #2

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HETEROTOPIC OSSIFFICATION, Myositis Ossificans   (OEDILF #T527921)
Heterotopic formation,
Extra-skeletal ossification:
Post-trauma, new bone
Seems to grow on its own —
Interferes with your re-ambulation.
Rarely, joints get encased, as in stone.

Usually asymptomatic, new bone formation in extra-skeletal sites seems to occur after physical or surgical trauma, particularly in the lower limbs following joint replacement. Occasionally, within several weeks after the inciting episode, tenderness and swelling near major joints may occur, needing to be differentiated from venous blockage, and requiring bone scanning for detection, as initial radiographs may be negative; this variant syndrome is known as myositis ossificans. Rarely, in progressive cases, surgery is eventually required to allow normal mobility at affected joints.

Temp AN:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterotopic_ossification

LISFRANC FRACTURES   (OEDILF #T527952)


"Mid-foot pain," I complain, "I'm no crank.
My foot suffered a serious yank.
ORIF stat I've requested
As my plain films suggested
The fracture type known as Lisfranc."
"ER staff and consultants, I thank."

ORIF: initialism for surgical intervention for bone fractures — open reduction, internal fixation

plain films: medical jargon for two-dimensional x-ray studies as opposed to CT, although digital media, not 'film' emulsion, are now generally used to analyze and record the images

With these injuries, involving one or more fractures, metatarsal bones of the lower foot are dissociated from the tarsus, making the mid-foot unstable. They were first observed in cavalry men during the Napoleonic Wars and later described by a French surgeon, Jacques Lisfranc de St-Martin. In English medical jargon they are known as Lisfranc (LIZ-frank or liz-FRANK) fractures. Self-diagnosis of this type of injury by a patient would be an unusual event.


 DEXA           #102633


To the DEXA test now we should turn
(Your bone mineral mass our concern).
Dual rays have a hand in
A bone-density stand-in;
Hip and spine fracture risk we discern.
DEXA, or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a standardized imaging test to assess bone mass in the context of osteoporosis. Differential attenuation for the two photons of different energies is assessed for each element in a planar field, usually for hip and spine sites. The technique actually measures bone mass as mass per unit area (rather than volume) of tissue. Despite this drawback, the DEXA technique is excellent for serial tests in the same patient, and its use has become so widespread that its results are regarded as synonymous with bone mineral density.
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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Grandpa Greg's Grammar: BINOMIAL EXPRESSIONS

























































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