The Wednesday Eudemon

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Was this a hospital emergency room or a scene from Prison Inmates Gone Wild? Brian Persaud received eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow, but denied hospital staffers’ request to exam his rectum, his lawyer Gary DeFilippo said. Doctors said the exam would help determine if there was spinal damage. In the suit Persaud claimed he was held down while resisting the exam and begging “Please don’t do that.” He hit a doctor in the scuffle and a powerful sedative was administered before he was given thel exam anyway.

I don’t like reptiles. I don’t even like to hold toads. This would’ve sent me packin’ for Alaska: Authorities say 69-year-old central Florida woman found an 8-foot long alligator prowling in her kitchen late Monday night.

I have a browser bookmark folder that I call “Online Library.” It holds lengthier articles that I plan to read at some point, articles that contain information that I’ll want to access later, and digital books. I added this nifty site this morning: Digital Classics, a library of “electronic leather” (whatever that means). Nice collection, though the pages aren’t searchable (unless maybe you download a book, a feature I haven’t tried yet).

Calling all nerds: Pictures of some of the world’s finest libraries. Beautiful shots, and I suspect you don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate them.


Well, this is welcomed news: The Scouts have enjoyed a surge in popularity following the introduction of a range of new activities, with the result that thousands of young people are stuck on waiting lists. Badges in daredevil pursuits such as snowboarding, para­scending and street sports have led to the biggest rise in membership for 22 years, according to the latest census of British Scouts. The beer bong and heavy metal guitar merit badges are coming.

This article is from England. I’m guessing the Scouts over there are different than our Boy Scouts, but I’m not sure. I’ll ask my wife. She used to work for the Boy Scouts (and frequently wore a Boy Scout uniform right after we were married; some guys’ honeymoon wives wear lingerie, I get . . . ).

The former communist countries that get thrown into the free market fray often struggle with the concept: A Ukrainian toy manufacturer is reportedly marketing an Adolf Hitler doll. There will be “early days Adolf” – brownshirt and jodphurs – and “wartime Adolf” – his grey double breasted tunic, black trousers and simple Iron Cross medal.

It’s St. George’s Day. Time for the only non-Nantucket poem that I ever memorized (and to be honest, I only memorized the first verse):

St George he was for England.
And before he killed the dragon
He drank a pint of English ale
Out of an English flagon.
For though he fast right readily
In hair-shirt or in mail.
It isn’t safe to give him cakes
Unless you give him ale.

St George he was for England,
And right gallantly set free
The lady left for dragon’s meat
And tied up to a tree;
But since he stood for England
And knew what England means,
Unless you give him bacon
You mustn’t give him beans.

St George he is for England,
And shall wear the shield he wore
When we go out in armour
With the battle-cross before.
But though he is jolly company
And very pleased to dine,
It isn’t safe to give him nuts
Unless you give him wine.