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Your assistance is needed

I woke up this morning with an awful, miserable head cold: there is a great wobbling blob of snot atop my shoulders today, and there are grisly, bubbly, phlegmy noises coming out of my mouth. It is not good. It is kind of gross.

So I would like you all to pray for me.

Oh, wait, no! That never works! Don’t do that. Instead, there’s only one thing that might give me some psychic assistance: money. Yes, a small pile of money would really help right now.

Only not for me. Send it to Skepticon. Would you believe they got a rude surprise this week? The venue is demanding an unexpected and rather excessive sum of money right away, or they’re going to cancel the whole event. It’s like learning that someone plans to steal Christmas, on top of having a brain that has turned into a flocculent, foamy fluid today.

Skepticon is in urgent need of donations, fast. Those crazy kids…it was suggested that maybe if they charged a nominal admission fee, like $5, that would be enough to cover the shortfall, but noooo…they’re sticking by their principles and insisting that this conference will always be free of charge.

So make a cranky old sludge-brained man mildly less dismal by throwing a few dollars at some idealistic young’uns, OK?

Comments

  1. robertcrompton says

    Hey, PZ, prayer works very well for colds. I remember once, years back when I went to a Christian group and one of the guys said his wife had a really nacty cold and he asked would everyone pray for her to get better. And they did. And you know what? She got better. So there, how convincing is that? Whatmore proof can you possibly need?

  2. ckitching says

    Prayer, combined with plenty of rest and fluids, is an effective cure for the common cold, often in as little as one to two week! Without prayer, who knows how long you’ll be sick?!?

  3. kieran says

    Hot whiskey, not too hot or you lose the whiskey. It won’t get rid of the cold but you’ll feel better.

  4. Dick the Damned says

    Zinc tablets work for me. They’re best taken at the onset of symptoms, but i believe they shorten the term of the cold, & reduce its severity even if taken later.

    Of course, it could be the placebo effect, but i don’t think so.

    Anyway, i hope you get over it soon, PZ.

  5. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    PZ:

    Well, your critics have often accused you of being sick, so . . .

    Kieran:

    Take out the damned ‘e’. There is no ‘e’ in whisky!

  6. says

    When I get a bad cold, I find that the Ethnic Cure works wonders:

    Irish coffee and English muffins for breakfast
    Jewish chicken soup with matzoh balls for lunch
    Thai curry for dinner (to help clear out the sinuses.)

    Hope you feel better soon.

  7. says

    I’m just getting over a cold myself. The volume of snot is much lower this weekend than it was a few days ago. Get well soon, PZ!

  8. DLC says

    Dick the Damned @5 : the evidence for zinc tablets is thin, with a recent Cochrane Review showing the evidence to be inconclusive.

    PZ : get well soon.

  9. stevem says

    Prayer, combined with plenty of rest and fluids, is an effective cure for the common cold, often in as little as one to two week! Without prayer, who knows how long you’ll be sick?!?

    a whole fortnight!

  10. chakolate says

    Since one is required, whenever one hears from someone who is suffering as you are, to give one’s favorite remedy, here you are:

    Add half a capful of hydrogen peroxide to your neti pot.

  11. says

    Have you considered homeopathy? Try a homeopathic remedy and you could be well in as little as 7 days! And without it, it could take a week.

    Seriously, I’m sure everyone knows about the rest & fluids. Hot toddies are excellent in moderation. Having a cold AND a hangover together is a Bad Thing, but alcohol can help you get to sleep. Whisky or whiskey are good toddy bases, but never waste the single malt.

  12. grumpyoldfart says

    A sudden and unexpected demand for an excessive sum of money. That sounds like profiteering, discrimination, or breach of contract. I’d like to hear the full story about this.

  13. Ysanne says

    Sushi with lots of wasabi. Comparable in effect to a thorough saline nose rinse, but more enjoyable.

  14. throwaway, these are not the bullies you're looking for says

    Given the past year or so I wouldn’t put the demarcation line of “whackos” completely outside the atheist camp.

  15. canabob says

    My wife swears by this anti-cold recipe:
    1 litre of water
    1 fair-sized chunk of ginger root
    2 decent-sized lemons
    Some honey
    Grate the fresh ginger into the water. Bring to boil. Add entire lemons, thinly sliced. Let it simmer for a while. Strain and add just enough honey to kill the bitter – but not too much!
    As I said, my wife swears it cuts her colds in half. I’m not so sure. But it does cut the snot.
    Also goes great with a slosh of good Canadian whisky or good Irish whiskey. (Scotch should not be sullied by mixing it with anything, and there’s no such thing as good American whiskey.)

  16. chigau (棒や石) says

    Given the past year or so I wouldn’t put the demarcation line of “whackos” completely outside the atheist camp.

    Good thing Markita Lynda didn’t do that.

  17. thebookofdave says

    I gave $10 as soon as I heard about it on Ed Brayton’s site. It comes out of the grocery budget, or a subset of it I call the Bar Tab. So it won’t be missed, when I’m rewarded with media content and commentary of the event.

  18. throwaway, these are not the bullies you're looking for says

    Good thing Markita Lynda didn’t do that.

    Don’t jump my shit for something I didn’t do either. I’m merely adding to their list of ‘whackos’ the anti-RW, anti-A+, pro-sexism and anti-FTB brigade. It was not an admonition of Markita Lynda nor was it a ‘faithiest’ apology for religion.