Wednesday, October 25, 2006
- Scanning Around With Gene: The Joke's On You: these classic practical jokes (sneezing powder, exploding cigars, black facial soap) were all the rage - in the "kinder, gentler," less litigious days of yore. Remember the ubiquitous "snake nut can" gag? Apparently back in the 30's and 40's there were "snake radios," "snake purses," "snake books" and "snake phonographs." How about a "snake cell phone"?
- Backformation engrish: is this akin to "sham poo for your real friends, real poo for your sham friends"? [via Language Log]
Using procedures pioneered by the hair loss industry for balding men, surgeons are using "plug and sew" techniques to give women long, sweeping lashes once achieved only by glued on extensions and thick lashings of mascara. And just like human hair - for that is the origin - these lashes just keep on growing. "Longer, thicker lashes are a ubiquitous sign of beauty. Eyelash transplantation does for the eyes what breast augmentation does for the figure," said Dr Alan Bauman, a leading proponent of eyelash transplants...Under the procedure, a small incision is made at the back of the scalp to remove 30 or 40 hair follicles which are carefully sewn one by one onto the patient's eyelids. Only light sedation and local anesthetics are used and the cost is around $3,000 an eye.There's a tired, old, racist joke in there somewhere. [And yes, that's Janice from the Muppets' Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem segments. - Ed.]
The surgery is not for everyone. The transplanted eyelashes grow just like head hair and need to be trimmed regularly and sometimes curled. Very curly head hair makes for eyelashes with too much kink.