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“Stfu, woman, this hangover can’t be cured by table water”
It was…not from any specialty that I’m well versed in, and I’m really bad at simplifying things that I don’t understand terribly well myself, so thanks…I hope I wasn’t totally talking out my ass when it came to trance induction. x_x
And I tagged the original reply with her name and the show, but for anyone who missed it, yes - this is Orihime Inoue from Bleach. She’s technically spinning a Welsh Onion, not a leek. The music it’s set to is a scat-singing section in the traditional Finnish polka tune “Ievan Polkka”, as sung by the Finnish folk-fusion quartet Loituma (where “Leekspin”s original name “Loituma Girl” comes from).
That was a great read! The documentaries made on the cases after the book was published were pretty good, too.
Anyone with an interest in prion diseases in general, but not *only* BSE, kuru, or scrapie, would be well-advised to give the book a read - even as someone who’s been well into the prion world for almost a decade, I actually learned some new things about the diseases, and got some great historical insight into how the Fatal Familial Insomnia trait was treated in the past.
With the caveat that a lot of work on “misdiagnosed” diseases is crankery, this is a very interesting-looking book, and a few doctors whose science I trust have read it and said it’s a good read, if sort of an emotion-based argument for vegetarianism in the end.
I unfortunately don’t know any good books about Kuru that I’ve read personally, but my highest recommendation is to watch Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery, from the Smithsonian Channel, if you can ever get your hands on it.
If you can find anything by Michael Alpers (the lead researcher who discovered the cause of kuru and who worked within the Fore community for decades), that’s a definite win, but from what I can find so far, all he’s authored is a bibliography of the best scientific papers on the matter.
There’s a good read on The Globe about the “Last Laughing Death” - when kuru was declared no longer a threat in 2010, a fairly extensive-yet-succinct summary of Alpers’ and his colleagues’ work was written up, and there’s some excellent multimedia resources there.
I’m not sure what the best resource would be for old field sketches, aside from illustrated biographies of famous natural history artists.
One of my favorite singular field sketches was by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, when she realized she had a fish that was supposed to have been long-extinct on her hands…
Many of Louis Aggasiz Fuerte’s paintings were actually done right out in the field - not specimens or menagerie animals. He never had many base sketches preserved, from what I’ve read, and he didn’t even make any base sketches in the first place for many of his illustrations.
Darwin, of course, had many sketches preserved, and his are some of the best “on the fly” pen sketching examples I can think of, even though not all of them were from the field - he just sketched what he was thinking of and didn’t professionally illustrate things. His work in “Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals” is particularly, er, “interesting”. The full book can be found here.
For anyone who’s curious (but doesn’t want to see the most grisly of the teratomas), Monsters Inside Me had an episode with a patient who had an ovarian teratoma growing inside her.
Of the animals that humans definitely effected/made extinct, definitely the thylacine. Their jaws, their curious hunting habits, their brood-pouches on both sexes…they were fascinating creatures.
Of the species that humans never contacted, definitely Tiktaalik.