Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Marc Abrahams writes:
In 1995, the Ig Nobel Prize in literature was awarded to two surgeons who painstakingly assembled a study called Rectal Foreign Bodies: Case Reports and a Comprehensive Review of the World's Literature. Those case reports involve, among other items: seven light bulbs; a knife sharpener; two flashlights; a wire spring; a snuff box; an oil can with potato stopper; 11 different forms of fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs; a jeweller's saw; a frozen pig's tail; a tin cup; a beer glass; and one patient's remarkable ensemble collection consisting of spectacles, a suitcase key, a tobacco pouch and a magazine.
Which, rather worryingly from a psychoanalytical point of view, brought to mind this item from Greece.

That’s a really huge radish! It weights seven kilos! Farmer Stavros Stavrianoudakis grew it in his farm in the Agioi Deka area on the island of Crete.
Now that would bring tears to your eyes.

1 comment:

Brigada Flores Magon said...

Better late than never, I hope. The combination of Greek and radish reminded me of one of the many fine obscurities to be found in Liddell & Scott's Greek Lexicon, viz, transliterated, rhaphanido= to thrust a radish up the fundament, a punishment for adulterers in Athens. Beats stoning to death, marginally.