Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 153

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 153

Question 1

What part of your body could be considered callipygian?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Your buttocks

The Callipygian Venus, literally meaning “Venus (or Aphrodite) of the beautiful buttocks is a roman statue, housed in Naples.

Question 2

Why do you hands and feet wrinkle in the bath after 5 minutes when the rest of your skin keeps its normal tone?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Changizi in 2011 hypothesised it is a throwback through evolution when we needed to grip tree branches in the wet as monkeys.

Several other studies have tried to disprove this by getting volunteers to handle marbles and have shown no difference whether you have wrinkled fingers or not.

Changizi feels a real life experiment should involve locomotion to prove his theory.  Any Parkour enthusiasts out there? [Reference]

Question 3

We’ve all heard of electrical alternans, but what does total electrical alternans signify?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Impending tamponade. It is represented with an alternating QRS complex.

However, it is very unlikely you will see this pre- tamponade, I suspect there maybe be a few other clues (i.e that low BP you are worrying about).

Maybe someone with a very large pericardial effusion with developing tamponade physiology it could be possible. [Reference]

Question 4

What does the ‘Q‘ stand for in Q-fever?

Reveal the funtabulous answer


In 1937, Edward Holbrook Derrick (1898–1976) first described Q fever after investigating a 1935 outbreak of a febrile illness among abattoir workers in Brisbane, Australia. The illness was named Q (for query) fever because the etiology of the new malady was so elusive.

Burnet and Freeman isolated the organism from blood samples and identified it as a Rickettsia species in 1937 (although now its a proteobacterium like legionella).

Primarily disseminated as an aerosol via inhalation or ingestion, Cox and Davis identified vector transmission when the organism was isolated from ticks at Nine Mile Creek in Montana in 1938. As a result of this discovery, the causative organism subsequently became known as Coxiella burnetii (Named after Cox and Burnet).

Question 5

A patient states you look rather sexy with your stethoscope. This gets you wondering if the stethoscope could help you the next time you go dating. What percentage of the general population find a stethoscope sexy?

Reveal the funtabulous answer


According to a 2004 paper listing the relative prevalence of different fetishes in chat rooms. This was published in the International Journal of Impotence Research (when you try to explain yourself to the bouncer). [Reference]

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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five

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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