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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 181

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Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 181.

Question 1

Approximately 225 Canadian men drown each year falling overboard, resulting in some unusual safety advice. What are these Canadian men advised not to do while in their boats?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Stand up and pee over the side.
  • A significant percentage of these men fall overboard whilst standing and trying to pee. So much so that there is now a boat safety web page giving specific advice not to pee while standing on your small water vessel. [Reference]

Question 2

You see a 44 year old female in your emergency department with left arm weakness following some passionate kissing. What is the cause of her weakness?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • A stroke
  • In 2011 Dr Teddy Wu in Auckland, New Zealand, treated a 44 year old female with an ischaemic stroke secondary to arterial damage from a love bite.
  • It was also reported in the media of a Mexican teenager dying from a similar aetiology in 2016 [Reference]

Question 3

The size of your foot is approximately the size of what?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Your forearm (get your mind out of the gutter) [Reference]


Question 4

What is the name for the spot between your shoulder blades that you can’t scratch?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Acnestis [Reference]
  • Indeed, scratching an itch there is another great use for a bougie…

Question 5

Ever equipped and resourceful in austere environments you consider buying a new pen with the potential purpose of using it for an emergency cricothyroidotomy. But which pen should you buy?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • The BIC soft feel Jumbo or the Baron retractable ballpoint
  • A UK study showed that most ballpoint pens were not suitable. Crucially the internal diameter needs to be >3mm. The BIC soft feel Jumbo and the Baron retractable ballpoint also had the added bonus of being quick to disassemble (


Last update: Mar 17, 2017 @ 11:08 am

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 181
Neil Long



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