Sunday, September 14, 2008

How the Irish saved civilization


(Ulster blue plaque, 16 High Street, Belfast)

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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19 Comments:

Blogger Kerrie said...

Why was it so good for us?

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

Better that than castor oil.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Castor oil I have never had the pleasure of taking. From its reputation, though, I expect that any plaque to its discoverer would produce riots, or at least groans and shudders.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I don't know why it was good for us, but if it tasted bad, it had to do us good.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

Oh, boy, I can remember my mother chasing me around with a tsp in her hand.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

they gave him a knighthood for that. it must have brought royal relief.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yeah, I expect that Sir James' knighthood cleared out a painful bloating of the honors list that year.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Patti, it could have been worse. She could have been chasing you with a tbsp in her hand.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

As my mother used to say, lose a day if haven't learned something.
Had no idea!

September 14, 2008  
Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Welcome back, Peter. How many books in total?

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Pure gold.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

PM, I thought your comment was going to be a maternal justification for milk of magnesia. "As my mother used to say" just has a certain ring to it.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for the welcome. If you insist on statistics, twenty-four (plus one unpublished manuscript!)

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Loren, this must be the first time the phrase "pure gold" has been associated with milk of magnesia.

September 14, 2008  
Anonymous Linda G said...

How cool! I remember having that stuff applied as a kid. :)

Linda

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Now you know whom to thank for that dubious pleasure. I didn't know it was applied, though. I thought it was administered, either as liquid or a tablet. Perhaps Dr. Murray's invention was more versatile than I know.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Linda, I just took a look at your historical-markers site. Now that's cool.

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Vanda Symon said...

It attempting to administer to an unwilling recipient, it was often inadvertently applied. (to the face, the carpet, the front of the administrator...)

September 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ha! Perhaps that could have been the path to discovering that it has cleaning powers as strong externally as they are, er, internally.

September 14, 2008  

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