Do they even have Creme Eggs in the US?
Since Marty McFly swooped into pop culture on a hoverboard in 1985, the wheelless wonders have cemented their position as a litmus test for living in "The Future™" alongside other sci-fi paraphernalia like lightsabers, jetpacks and flying cars. And now they're here! Well, sort of. Back To The Future apologists will point out …
NOT the same.
Cadbury licenses the recipe to Hershey*, who modifies it to be cheaper (sure TASTES cheaper). The colors on the wrapper are different, and the sizes have often been different also.
* Hershey also licenses KitKat from Nestle. Again, the US version tastes cheaper. I can tell the differences in either brand when my sister-in-law brings them from Scotland, and boy do I prefer the "imports"!
Hershey, fast food companies, and major beer brewers: giving the US the cheap crap it wants because it just doesn't know any better. (Does Disney belong in this list too? They're not as cheap but it is often crap...)
I think of "deep fry everything" as a cultural touchstone of Midwest and Plains state fairs, not the Northeast.
In NYC I'd expect a deep-fried Creme Egg to be rejected for being gauche and insufficiently "ethnic". In New England it would likely be considered sinful. In Indianapolis or Lincoln, though, you could probably sell them all day long.
(That said, I've been to the Nebraska State Fair, and deep-fried sugar would be an improvement. The county fair I go to in Michigan is bigger and more entertaining.)
Reading this as my mouth is just unfreezing after a tooth (lower molar) extraction. Took three syringes of anaesthetic to fully freeze it and the dentist around an hour of drilling, prodding and pulling to get it out. Now a dull ache after paracetamol and ibuprofen. At one stage she was considering stopping and referring me to the dental hospital as the roots wouldn't budge - but she persisted and succeeded - full marks.
I'd asked, before starting, if I could keep the tooth, once out, as it was crowned. Not possible as it had to go in medical waste - besides, it had to come out in several pieces. But, she let me keep the crown (palladium alloy, I thing - not one of my gold ones) - for the tooth fairy!!
You should be thankful that you do not have painfully impacted wisdom teeth that need extracting. My dentist took 3.5 hours to take them out.
I wasn't under a general, it was more like a date rape drug where you are completely zoned out and forget almost everything. My one memory is of the dentist slapping my face because I was going a bit too far under.
Extracting impacted molars is better done by a proper dental surgeon, not a run-of-the-mill DDS. All credit to my dentist, whom I quite like; but that's a specialty procedure. Which is why she referred me to a dental surgeon to have my impacted supernumaries1 removed.
And a good thing, too; one of them was bent in a full 180-degree arc. Took some work getting it out. The surgeon said it was one for the trophy case, but alas it turned out he was just kidding, and didn't have a trophy case.
1Extra molars behind the "wisdom" (third) set. I still have my third molars, but the fourths had to come out.
It could have been worse. No sign of a hanky on his head, nor woollen tank top, rolled up sleeves, braces (no, the other kind for keeping trousers past the navel), Wellington boots and a wooden mallet, all to shouts of 'Operation!' and 'Anesthetic!'.
Would never have happened under the watch of Lemming of the BDA...
Mines the one with the pocket book... On dentistry...from the BDA....
That would most likely get you get stuck off in the UK as well as you need an anesthet... anethner.. the person that knocks you out.
The article mentioned IV sedation. That's not general anesthesia. With IV sedation the patient is conscious and responsive the whole time — they're just very, um, "relaxed". Often, the patient has a gap in memory after they sober up. That said, IV sedation still isn't without risk: it suppresses respiration, and you need to keep an eye on O2 saturation.
"What on earth is an operatory?"
Specifically, a dentist's surgery. According to the OED (second dead tree edition) the word has been in use in this meaning since the mid 17th century. Later, any surgery was known as an operatory. From the Latin operatorium, meaning workshop.
...and the idiot dentist* managed to inject the anesthetic into the back of his hand instead of my mouth.
The way he managed to do that was that he was holding the syringe in his right hand and his left hand was resting on my chin, holding my mouth open. However, before doing the injection he was more interested in yakking about water skiing with the nurse. So, while he was waffling, he was gesticulating with the syringe holding hand and the back of his left hand happened to get in the way. At least he didn't poke the needle in me! Well, not until he'd replaced the bent needle and injected me in the correct place, anyway.
* He left the practice not long after - well, I was certainly going to let him treat me ever again. I suspect I wasn't the only victim who refused to be seen by him again!
...hoverboards do not exist outside of fiction. Please stop using the word unless Marty McFly is involved. Thank you.
If a board with 2 wheels on it is a hoverboard, then by the same reasoning I'm just about to pop down to the shops in my flying car. And no, it's not a DeLorean...
To be fair, the only two things standing in the way of proper hoverboards are the invention of safe portable pocket-sized nuclear-reactors and reactionless thrust*. Both are things that, judging from the sheer amount of magical thinking that seems to be employed in running the world, I'm postiive are just around the corner.
*or possibly room-temperature superconductors; technically you could have an "antigravity" device right now based on existing superconductors, except you'd have to bathe yourself in liquid helium, run a ridiculous current through something just underneath your feet, and follow the Earth's magnetic field lines around, which would only really be practical at the equator.
As with a very pleasing percentage of ElReg's articles, I rather wish I could give a big thumbs-up to the article, and by implication to the author.
This one's language in particular had me grinning like the old days, sufficiently to finally prompt me to actually say something explicitly.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021