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#8094 - 12/06/02 02:41 PM Re: much ado about little
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knew exactly what you meant

And if that's the least worst we can say about it...


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#8095 - 12/06/02 04:43 PM nevermind the bollocks
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This ungoverned thread has little to do with medicine, but it reminds me of one of my favorite medical words, gubernaculum, which is derived etymologically from little governor; from gubernare = to control, and the diminutive suffix -culum.

The gubernaculum of the testis is the fetal cord which guides the descent of the testis. (from http://www.emory.edu/ANATOMY/AnatomyManual/Etymology.html)

An interesting "ball" in medicine is the "fungus ball" that can grow in the lungs of patients infected with aspergillis. I've always thought it would be hilarious if a microbiology association had a yearly gala called "The Fungus Ball." But enough silliness. It is now nearly 6:00 PM on Friday, and time to leave work and go to our clinic's annual Christmas party.



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#8096 - 12/06/02 05:17 PM Re: nevermind the bollocks
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For the many of board members who never had to struggle with embryology, the testes
are originally close to the kidneys. I cannot grasp how the Lord brought it about that the
testes should keep moving toward the pelvis, passing between the layers of the abdominal
muscles and into the scrotum. I'm not religious, but I can understand the temptation to
believe in "intelligent design". I don't see any way just evolution could have done it.
Teleologically, the development of the sperm is favored by the somewhat lower tempreature
in the scrotum. Though it puts the testes at risk of external violence. (Cringe, cringe)


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#8097 - 12/06/02 05:27 PM That reminds me of the one about...
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WARNING: adult theme

... the engineers discussing what kind of Engineer God must have been.

Shortening it (but not totally emasculating it in the process, I hope):

They concluded that He must have been a Civil Engineer,
because no one else would have put the playground
right next to a toxic waste dump...


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#8098 - 12/06/02 07:11 PM Re: nevermind the bollocks
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"intelligent design"

On the other hand, if there were intelligent design, the development of the sperm could have been favored by somewhat higher temperatures.


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#8099 - 12/06/02 07:39 PM Re: nevermind the bollocks
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And if there had really been intelligent design, babies would be delivered by opening a zipper.


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#8100 - 12/07/02 10:06 AM Re: nevermind the bollocks
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I find the structure and function of the eye to be mind-boggling, and it seems almost impossible that such a complicated organ could evolve.


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#8101 - 12/07/02 10:13 AM Re: nevermind the bollocks
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And then there's the mantis shrimp eye.

There are eyes and eyes, multitudes of eyes, evolved in different ways and for different purposes.


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#8102 - 11/08/04 02:41 PM EBTG Mirrorball
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Some good times I remember - my birthday that September,
we lay down on the lawn,
and counted until dawn,
the stars that we lay under.
And is he still, I wonder, the fairest of them all, mirror,
mirrorball.

http://www.lyricsdir.com/e/everything-but-the-girl/mirrorball.php



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#8103 - 11/08/04 06:54 PM Re: EBTG Mirrorball
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Ah, I love this old thread. Glad to see it resuscitated, C..s...


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