Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 123

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF, introducing the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 123

Question 1

What virus does the devil grip you with?


Reveal the funtabulous answer

Coxsackie B

Commonly known as Devil’s grip or Bornholm disease (A Danish Island where the most famous cases were documented).

The disease is characterised by attacks of severe pain in the lower chest, often on one side.Thus making it difficult to breath like you have an “iron grip” around your chest. Symptoms usually last about a week

Dr William C Dabney (1849-1894) recorded 29 cases of pleurodynia during an epidemic in 1888. His colleague Dr William Francis Cooper (1855-1934) in Rapahannock County recounted to him the local name for the epidemic affliction as ‘the devils grip

Question 2

What is Friggatriskaidekaphobia?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Fear of Friday the 13th.

You could have also had paraskavedekatriaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia for the same fear.

Question 3

In the UK, what accident is more likely to happen on Friday the 13th as opposed to any other Friday?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Road Traffic Collision.

A study in the BMJ, published in 1993, concluded that there:

is a significant level of traffic-related incidences on Friday the 13th as opposed to a random day, such as Friday the 6th, in the UK.

However, the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) on 12 June 2008 stated that:

fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home.

Question 4

What is Coulrophobia?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Fear of clowns (not just restricted to the evil ones)

Question 5

Which magician famously died on Halloween and what medical condition was the cause of his death?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Harry Houdini

Houdini died on the 31st of October 1926 of a ruptured appendix.

The injury was reportedly caused on October 20 by J. Gordon Whitehead, a student at McGill University in Canada, who hit Houdini in the abdomen several times to test his claim that he could withstand being hit anywhere above the waist without being hurt. [Reference]

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Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Kelowna hospital, British Columbia. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments (namely tertiary trauma centres). Supporter of FOAMed, lifelong education and trying to find that elusive peak performance.

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