Parasites Affecting Your Bowels and Your Week

General Discomfort

James Montgomery Flagg – Life Magazine, March 23, 1905

Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg was born Jun 18, 1877. Astronomer William Lassell was born June 18, 1799. He discovered many moons of distant planets. Physician Charles Laveran was born June 18, 1845.  By examining blood smears, he discovered parasitic protozoans as the cause of malaria. Youngest daughter of last Russian Czar Nicholas II, Anastasia Nikolaevna was born June 18, 1905.  Economist and financial journalist Sylvia Porter was born on June 18, 1913.


Laveran’s drawing in his 1880 notebook showing different stages of Plasmodium falciparum from fresh blood.

Actress Nedra Voltz was born June 18, 1921. You should probably check out her acting credits on IMDb. She was in pretty much every American sitcom of the last generation for at least an episode or two. Right off the bat, there’s Duke’s of Hazzard, Webster, Alf, Mr.T, and Step by Step.  (I have a dear friend who was an exchange student in Italy during high school, and she told me that the Italian translation of the title of Suzane Somers’ sitcom Step by Step was A Blonde for Dad). Anyway, Nedra Volz had an amazing career. Also she was in Earth Girls Are Easy, a 1988 movie starring Geena Davis and Julie Brown that I think about with surprising frequency.


Paul McCartney was born June 18, 1942, the same day as film critic Roger Ebert. Also, Isabella Rossellini was born ten years later, on June 18, 1952. Oz Fox, lead guitarist of the Christian glam metal band Stryper (how did I just learn they were a Christian glam metal band?) was born June 18, 1961. His wife for real runs a ministry in called Hookers for Jesus, which is sincerely awesome.


Head of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium., with attachment structures to attach to the wall of the small intestine

I’ve been away for a few days and my sights into your week are cloudy. To give an accurate reading, you will need to have blood and stool samples checked for parasites. Please leave a callback number and someone from the lab will get back to you within 48 hours.

Valley of the Dolls, Parasites, and a Full Flower Moon

General Discomfort

On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Because I have already confessed to you that this is my favorite novel, I will give a moment of solemn contemplation for the anniversary of this accomplishment …

and then I will let the sweet, sweet poetry of the first page of Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls say what I could never say:

Do you think Edmund Hillary was thinking about Lyon Burke when he reached the top too?

Tonight’s full moon is known as the Full Flower Moon, as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. Also according to The Old Farmers Almanac, today is the last good day for fishing until June 13th. It’s also a good day to accept a proposal, but not to do laundry. Clothes washed for the first time today won’t last. Do they pull these out of a hat? Apparently, parasites’ proliferation rate goes up during a full moon, but don’t worry, there are lots of resources to do a full moon parasite cleanse. I love humans.

Tell ‘Em Large Marge Sent Ya

Today is the birthdate of Bob Hope, physicist Peter Higgs, and composer Danny Elfman. He wrote most of the music for Tim Burton movies. How could it be that I am just learning that Pee Wee’s Big Adventure was a Tim Burton movie, and not only that but his first? Also La Toya Jackson, and Ebenezer Butterick. He made an industry out of printing paper patterns for making clothes. Delightful writer G.K. Chesterton was born on today’s date in 1874.  This website has a collection of his witticisms.


I had no idea there are so many sets of fashion plates online, practically there for the taking.  This would be a necessary purchase right?

Word of the day: pee wee.gif

Today’s palindrome: butt tub

If you are bored 

Today’s fortune cookie message

Magic 8 ball says: Nope