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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 203

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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 203.

Question 1

Which Welsh comedian died on stage whilst performing live at Her Majesty’s Theatre?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Tommy Cooper
  • On 15 April 1984, Cooper collapsed from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act.
  • Tommy Cooper collapsed backwards sitting on the stage, his assistant smiled at him as he collapsed, believing that it was a part of the act. Likewise, the audience gave “uproarious” laughter as he fell. [Reference]

Question 2

A household consists of an adult male, a female and two children, one male and one female. Who is least likely to wake if a smoke alarm sounds?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • The boy, is this proof of selective hearing at an early age?
  • Research in the UK is testing a new smoke alarm as industry standard alarms are failing to wake boys aged 2 to 13. It consists of a lower tone and a female voice.  [Reference]

Question 3

Just 2kg of this substance would kill everyone on the planet. What is it?

+ Reveal the funtabulous answer!

  • Botulinum, whose up for some botox?
  • See the reference link for the accompanying video from the BBC.

Question 4

Adding red chillies to the diet of the elderly may help prevent what disorder?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Daily capsaicin supplementation resulted in a significant improvement in the upper protective respiratory reflexes in 50% of elderly people from a study in Japan. [Reference]
  • However, caution should be advised before every nursing home starts growing the Carolina Reaper. 8 adults in China have suffered from cayenne aspiration requiring bronchoscopy. [PMC 4246992]

Question 5

Which disease killed 800 out of 2400 Chinese labourers in Malaya in the early days of tin-mining and plantation work?

+ Reveal the Funtabulous Answer

  • Beri-Beri (the polished rice they ate contained no thiamine, vitamin B1). [Thaimine Reference]

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 203
Neil Long

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