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The Adventure of Links: Nov. 1, 2010

In this weeks Adventure of Links, we have accidental condom inhalation, water on Mars, a Star Trek cat fight, and a time traveller in an old silent movie. Happy reading!

Health

Accidental condom inhalation during fellatio: A Love Story Case Study

Homeopathic teething tables have been recalled. Apparently, they hadn’t diluted the poison enough so that it was useless, like most homeopathic remedies.

Are health drinks as good as they claim? The answer will not surprise you.

Unregulated Naturopaths putting lives at risk.

Physics/Astronomy

The Physics of how a wet dog shakes (with video).

Pumpkins pulverized, in the name of science of course.

NASA Mars rover finds evidence of subsurface water, while it was stuck!

The Laws of Physics explained, in comic form.

Fun/Funny

Star Trek Cat Fight. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

“Our Differences make us interesting, not enemies.” The Rally to Restore Sanity was held this past weekend.

10 useful things you can do with your body after you’re dead. Being a zombie is not on the list.

This weeks “You needed a study to know that?!?”: Bullying Widespread in Schools.

A neurological explanation of why the new Gap logo sucked.

Smart people drink more. Science says so.

Skepticism

Is there a time traveller in a 1928 Charlie Chaplain film? I’m not sure, but I am pretty sure it was a slow news day that day.

Canadian man claims the government stole his meteorite which contained alien organisms. The RCMP (the Mounties) say there is no evidence to support his claim.

Scientists find “proof” of psychic abilities. Note: if you have to put “proof” in quotation marks, it’s probably not true.

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  1. DPirate
    November 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    There is no “apparently” in the recall story. The article reports no link between the product and babies dry mouths, or that belladonna might be the cause, only that the FDA has decided to (re)check the concentration.

    The recall was voluntary and solely in order to re-issue the product with a childproof cap, according to the writer.

    • November 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      The FDA warning states:

      Hyland’s Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity.

      To be fair, I will grant you that no link has conclusively been established. But “inconsistent amounts of belladonna” would indicate that the active ingredient in this product was not properly diluted.

      In addition, I would say that it is strange that the manufacturer of a homeopathic product would recall a product to add a childproof cap at all. Homeopathic “remedies” are supposed to be diluted to the point of virtually (or literally) no active ingredient at all! It seems they are admitting with their actions that there is a definite problem with this product.

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