Aug 24 2012

Things Not To Do

Tell someone who has had a headache for a few days that they probably have a brain tumor.


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  1. 1

    No, tell them they have West Nile virus caused encephalitis.

    We must remain up-to-date.

  2. 2

    Here’s another one: ask a student with orange hair if they are studying neuroscience

  3. 3

    Might be cerebral malaria or any number of things, but my guess would be micro-zombie brain worms.

  4. 4

    are you sure it’s not a toomah?

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    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Probably a migraine. You have my sympathy.

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    Francisco Bacopa

    Who knows.it might really be a brain tumor and you just saved a life.

    I think West Nile is more probable. There’s been an outbreak here ever since last year’s drought lifted. Last October, Hitchens, Dawkins, and PZ came to Houston and it’s been raining ever since. I think we’re going to pass our normal 50 inches this year. Couple of dry spells in the spring scared me, but we had a very wet July.

    I think I had West Nile about six years ago. Something knocked the shit out of me for three days. Didn’t have insurance so I didn’t go to the doctor. Now after a period of unemployment I have Harris County Gold Card coverage. I’ll lose that in a few months as I just got a promotion at work.

    It’s pretty awesome living in a blue enclave in a red Texas. We fight like hell for our social programs and know what they are worth.

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    Al Stefanelli

    For about a goddamned year after my kids saw “Kindergarten Cop,” they’d tell EVERYONE who had a headache, “Maybe it’s a tumor?” Lmfao… But you never know, you know? Eat more Risotto… I hear it’s got amazing medicinal properties. :)

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    Are you the headache sufferer or the tumor-diagnoser?

    It could be worse: I just heard on Fresh Air all about frontal lobe tumors that caused people to become child molesters and mass murderers. Good times!

  9. 9

    they just need to drill a hole in their skull to let the demons out. duh.

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    Steve R

    Another thing not to do: Tell someone fighting a major depressive episode to Just Snap Out Of It.

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