Jim Windgassen joins luxuriant hair club for engineers

October 21st, 2017

We are please to announce the birth of a new sibling club to the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), and to introduce the new club’s first member.

Jim Windgassen has joined the LFFFHCfE – The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Engineers. He says:

I am a senior advisory engineer with Northrop Grumman in Maryland.  Find below my official Northrop Grumman photograph as it appears in our company directory.  I am heavily involved doing volunteer STEM outreach work with kids which is what I am going to do when I retire from Northrop Grumman..

Jim Windgassen, BSME, LFFFFHCfE
Senior Advisory Engineer
Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems
Annapolis, Maryland, USA


Wedgie-associated nerve damage in a 50-year old man [medical report]

October 21st, 2017

Wedgies have been the staple of school-yard bullies and pranksters for years. While reportedly possible to die of asphyxiation from application of an atomic wedgie, there has not been a medical report about the possible dangers of the act. Getting a firm grip on the problem, this case report pulls up the underpinnings of damage caused from one such wedge issue.

Wedgies are popularly defined as the upward yanking of another’s underpants—at any force—to wedge them between that person’s buttocks as a prank, an adventure, or a malicious act, with or without the recipient’s foreknowledge or consent. We report here the case of a quinquagenarian who experienced deleterious consequences after receiving an unanticipated wedgie.

In 2009, the patient and his wife had been ‘playfully’ exchanging wedgies as pranks. After one particular wedgie “of moderate force,” the patient felt a severe pain in his lower back, along with numbness in his left leg and foot. While the pain eased up eventually, the numbness would be recurrent for years.

In February 2016, the patient, now 56 years old, said that his wedgie-associated radicular symptoms had disappeared. He added that his wife had been so disturbed by the index event in 2009 that she had stopped giving him wedgies.

Source: Sutherland, C. E., Dvoretzky, T., & Solomos, N. J. (2016). Wedgie-associated radiculitis in a quinquagenarian. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 29(4), 389-390.

Bonus: The article outlines the difference between a standard wedgie and the notorious atomic wedgie: “Atomic wedgies differ from standard wedgies in that the underpants are pulled up at least to the recipient’s scapulae and optimally over the head, with strong or so-called “atomic” force.”

Commentary on Slob

October 20th, 2017

Wane Grennan’s “Commentary on Slob” is among the preeminent commentaries on Slob that have been presented at an academic setting. The paper is:

Commentary on Slob,” Wayne Grennan, OSSA Conference Archive, University of Windsor, paper 113, May 15, 1999. Grennan explains:

“I could say much more about this very ‘meaty’ paper, but I will end by raising a misgiving about how Professor Slob conceives the relationship between truth and acceptability.”

Slob is Wouter H. Slob, best known to some for his paper “How to distinguish good and bad arguments: dialogico-rhetorical normativity,” Wouter H. Slob,  Argumentation, vol. 16, no. 2, 2002, pp. 179-196.

Slob [pictured here] is now at the University of Groningen, where he is a professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

“Impossible attempts” in law (new study)

October 19th, 2017

Imagine this scenario :

A poacher arrives at an area where there are wild deer, intent on shooting one – but it’s out of season, so it’s illegal to do so. He takes a shot at a deer and hits it – unknown to him though, it’s actually a stuffed replica put there by the gamekeeper. The question now arises – ‘Has the would-be poacher committed a crime?’

Such an event really did happen*, and the implications are discussed by Professor Daniel B. Yeager (Californian Western School of Law) in a new paper for Faculty Scholarship, 206, entitled: Stuffed Deer and the Grammar of Mistakes. The professor discusses the concept of so-called ‘Impossible attempts’ which have had a formal, though somewhat esoteric definition in [US] law since 1864. Here are some examples of ‘impossible attempts’ from a previous paper on the subject  :

As described in: Constructing a theory of impossible attempts Criminal Justice Ethics, 5:1, 53-69.

Note * State v. Guffey, 1953 262 S.W.2d 152 (Mo. Ct. App. 1953). The case centered around the idea that the deer which the defendant shot could not have been “pursued, taken, killed, possessed or disposed of” since it was in fact already dead and had been stuffed.


What is Brain Tan?

October 18th, 2017

These people use brains to tan leather.

“What is Braintan? Braintan is an ancient method of tanning hides that involves dressing a raw hide with brains, (or other natural emulsified oils) softening it with manual labor to produce soft buckskin and smoking it to preserve the softness.”

So says the web site of Circle S Leather, which also says: “We are a family run business. We work out of our home and a small shop. Because God has blessed our business, over the last 15 years our braintan has sold in 46 states and 13 countries.”