July 20, 2021

Laughter, Literature, and Lunacy

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Some years ago, somewhere between our parents' and grandparents' childhood, medicine was entangled with spells, talismans, and mysticism. Those were different times; people were tougher sometimes for lack of a better option, some other times because that was how things were solved. The best part of it is that even now, in the information era, some of those homemade/mythical cures are out there, and I bet some people still try them, just in case they work. 

In this episode, we will discuss these homemade remedies some of us were exposed to during our childhood, their origins, desired effects, and secondary effects. We will go through some of the most absurd, practical, and hilarious practices and cures we've heard of. And then, as usual, we will talk about humor and laughter as a medicine, treatment, and cure to some of the ridiculous and stressful situations we, night shifters, go through daily. 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The empty envelope and the (possible) meaning of it (2:03)
  • How a perfect nurse looks like (2:41)
  • The yellow baby and the sun (4:26)
  • Cod liver oil and its magical properties (5:33)
  • The cure for jellyfish sting around the world (6:42)
  • The origin of gallows humor (12:03)


  • Book: Ken Kelsey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Quote: Ken Kelsey - "Man, when you lose your laugh, you lose your footing."
  • Quote: Ken Kelsey - "(...) you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy."

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