03/25/11 Grif.Net – Case of Shingles

03/25/11 Grif.Net – Case of Shingles

Bubba had shingles. Those of us who spend much time in a doctor’s office
should appreciate this! Doesn’t it seem more and more that physicians are
running their practices like an assembly line? Here’s what happened to

Bubba walked into a doctor’s office and the receptionist asked him what he
had. Bubba said: ‘Shingles.’ So she wrote down his name, address, medical
insurance number and told him to have a seat.

Fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide came out and asked Bubba what he had…
Bubba said, ‘Shingles.’ So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete
medical history and told Bubba to wait in the examining room.

A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said,
‘Shingles.’ So the nurse gave Bubba a blood test, a blood pressure test, an
electro-cardiogram, and told Bubba to take off all his clothes and wait for
the doctor.

An hour later the doctor came in and found Bubba sitting patiently in his
little gown and asked Bubba what he had.

Bubba said, ‘Shingles.’

The doctor asked, ‘Where?’

Bubba said, ‘Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload ’em?’

[Thanks, Wayne, for the forward]

ANSWERS to “Panthera Trivia”

1. Which of the four (due to anatomical structure of larynx) can “roar”? All
four and only those four (of all in any “cat” family).

2. Which was the most popular in ancient Roman zoos? Lion, just like today

3. Which is the largest of the four cats? The smallest? Tigers are largest
and leopards are smallest

4. What is the average lion’s lifespan in captivity? In the wild? 15-20
years in captivity; 10-12 years in the wild

5. How much meat does an average lion eat daily? 15 lbs

6. Which of the panthera are dimorphic? Only lions have male/female that
look different from each other

7. How much time a day are these cats inactive (sleeping, walking – but not
hunting or eating)? 22 hours inactive

8. What is the length of a canine tooth of an average panthera? 3.1 inches

9. At what age (in days) can a cub see? Walk? Crawl? Crawl at 3 days; see
at 7-10 days; walk at 21-24 days

10. On what continent do most tigers live? North America (more in captivity
in the US than all the tigers in the wild combined)

11. A black panther is really just a type of which big cat? A melanistic

12. Which cat is named for the Greek word for “arrow”? Tiger

13. How much greater than human is the night vision of these cats? 5 times

14. Which is the only big cat native to North America? Jaguar in Florida
(NOT Jacksonville gridiron) and Mexico

15. What male lion had a mane that covered half its body (sadly, hunted to
extinction in the 20th Century)? Barbary Lion of North Africa, last one
killed in the 1920’s. A close second “mane” was the Cape Lion of South
Africa, also extinct since 1865

Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”