Project 313 – Post No. 085

I can’t stay long . . . got things to do and many snacks to eat before I sleep. 

In lieu of amazing narratives or words of deep wisdom I will — instead — regale new readers with a link to one of my most fun posts. There was also a sequel because I had to remove product labels from a few items or YouTube would have blocked publication of the videos. Go figure. 

If not interested in clicking links, let me offer a few words of wisdom to tie you over until my next self-serving and semi-boastful tirade. Here they are:

If anyone claims to have the answer, you can be sure they don’t understand the question. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 085

When people complain about how tough their lives are, show them this photo of surgical tools from the Civil War era. If you were lucky, the surgeon wouldn’t have run out of Ether or Chloroform.

Of course, that was still a number of decades before germ theory became accepted so even a “successful” surgery carried high risks. About two-thirds of the 620,000 Civil War deaths were due to disease and infection. 

. . . medicine has advanced since then . . . 

. . . but some things you can’t do much about. At least, not until our future robot overlords come up with ways to extend our lives. Why would they, you ask? Well, because they’ll have compassion for their pets. 

Speaking of which, I came across this doodle of an Octopus Moonlighting as an Exotic Dancer in Las Vegas

Octopus Moonlighting as an Exotic Dancer in Las Vegas

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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14 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 085

  1. paolsoren says:

    What an interesting photograph. There is obviously nothing between a surgeon’s saw and a cabinet maker’s saw


  2. Ha! I remember your spinning post!!! :-) I enjoyed it!

    So true…what you said about the A and the Q!!!

    PHOTO: Egads, but cool! Best for me not to think about what they did with some of those things.
    CARTOON: Ha, but argh! Yes, I have had 90+ year old relatives who talked about the things that stopped working.
    DOODLE: OOH! Beautiful! Great job for an octopus! I bet that octopus can really work a pole!

    HUGS and Happy Whee-kend!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn . . . and yes, I liked the spinning post. I occasionally go back and just watch a few of my favorite pieces spinning.

      As for what they did . . . the same thing we do now only patients are completely under. There’s an idea that we’ve improved in our methods, but we still crack/cut/saw/sew things.

      Yeah, it’s annoying . . . and our bodies don’t come with warranties. They have some replaceable parts, but often it’s like installing a really nice stereo in an old jalopy.

      If you look at it carefully, it’s actually working five poles.

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  3. Those surgeons tools look very much like those on display at the ANMM, Those on display were the actual tools that were used on the convict ships and free settler ships coming to Australia in the early 19th century., and also all ships sailing from the British Isles. It’s also a slightly larger display, also on display is medicine chest, for want of a better expression.
    It’s a wonder anybody survived.

    That doodle is very unsettling, kind of makes me feel dizzy. Did you do that deliberately? Are you trying to get rid of me?


    • disperser says:

      Yes, reading about how “medicine” was practiced in times gone by is sobering.

      It might come as a shock to you, but all my doodles originate and are posted with nary a thought of any loss of readership, be it you or someone else. Besides, for every reader who might find these objectionable, I’m relatively sure there’s a user out there who will find these compelling. Such is the balance of things.


      • I just found that doodle disturbing I didn’t say ALL your doodles.
        I’ll get my chum Neill to photograph all that stuff I mentioned and get him to send me copies and I’ll let you see what I mean. A bit curdling some of the stuff.


      • disperser says:

        It might come as a shock to you, but this doodle originated and was posted with nary a thought of any loss of readership, be it you or someone else. Besides, for every reader who might find this objectionable, I’m relatively sure there’s a user out there who will find it compelling. Such is the balance of things.


      • disperser says:

        Somewhere I have a link to medieval torture devices and practices that I’m sure are more “curdling” than any of these primitive surgical tools. Frankly, even looking at modern surgical tools can be a bit curdling because — as I said in the other comment — the tools got shinier, but the design and function of them are basically the same.


  4. macquie says:

    Love this psychedelic octopus!


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