Thursday, January 21st, 2010
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Welcome Back, Rickets!

Drink more milkMedical researchers from Knifecrime Island are concerned about a resurgence of rickets, the bone-deforming disease last popular in those precincts during the Victorian era. Rickets' big comeback is blamed on Vitamin D-deficiency in children, mostly due to the fact that kids today rarely venture out into the light of the sun, what with the all modern world's sedentary pleasures. But this is not just a British problem; even in civilized nations like our own the disease is becoming more prevalent. I blame that lady who told everyone to wear sunscreen.

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mathnet (#27)

Is UP MEXT a Twitter thing I'm doing wrong?

mathnet (#27)

NEED MORE D

My friend had rickets… he had been uncomfortable for a few days and, not knowing what was causing the pain, we decided a funny-sounding disease to blame would be rickets. And then we asked my mom, a nurse practitioner, for a diagnosis. And indeed it was rickets.

I think this is how the bedbug infestation started, too…

garge (#736)

God, that is like the time someone came into my work and handed my manager something and I said, 'what is it, a subpoena?' and it was.

Covered in rickets.

kneetoe (#1,881)

THE SUN IS A KILLING MACHINE. IT HATES ALL LIFE ON EARTH. DO NOT LET THE SUN SHINE ON YOU OR YOU WILL DIE.

Oh, sorry, the caps lock was on.

Mindpowered (#948)

Indeed. All you need is the benevolent light of Jesus.

Mindpowered (#948)

So get your Jesus light(â„¢), for 7 easy payments of $7.99 + S/H.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Also, this is nothing a Vitamin D supplement in whisky can't solve.

Bittersweet (#765)

Mine tastes better in bourbon.

iplaudius (#1,066)

Rickets is also very funny to say.

When Tina Fey was on Conan (in ’08?) talking about how they Photoshopped her body in the magazine shoots, she said they shaved so much off her arms and legs, it looked like she had rickets. Imagine Tina Fey saying "rickets." See what I mean?

hockeymom (#143)

So scurvy is the one you need oranges for?
I get my diseases mixed up.

This entire post reminds me that I need to go to the grocery store. And liquor store.

Bittersweet (#765)

Yes. It eventually makes your body tissue break down and your organs crumble.

(Thanks, John Irving.)

kneetoe (#1,881)

Just think Limey–they used limes to prevent scurvy on long ocean voyages. (Although I guess you could think they used limes to prevent rickets on long ocean voyages, so my tip doesn't really work. Damn.)

hockeymom (#143)

But when do I put the lime in the coconut?

designage (#3,113)

I always wanted two puppies so I could name them, affectionately, Scurvy and Rickets.

skybarn (#304)

Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to the rise in Autism. In some Northwest states where they get little sunshine there are higher incidences of Autism. Also, since the invention of the Atari 2600.

Teachy!

Onjay (#2,679)

Since there is no sun in Britain, I'm not sure about the Vitamin D deficiency. Hell, the limeys can't even pronounce "vitamin" properly, much less absorb one.

slinkimalinki (#182)

the british sun is weak pisswater. which is fun, because it means that british tourists in new zealand think they can just walk around in the sunshine like it ain't no thing. then their skin peels off in sheets and they dramatically decrease their chances of sleeping with the locals.

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