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Subject: For voila-ga,
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: nellie_bly-ga
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Posted: 03 Dec 2002 18:55 PST
Expires: 02 Jan 2003 18:55 PST
Question ID: 118817
What famous doctor wore a long scarf and hung around in phone booths?

Request for Question Clarification by voila-ga on 03 Dec 2002 19:14 PST
Dr. Clark Kent with an upper respiratory infection?

Clarification of Question by nellie_bly-ga on 03 Dec 2002 20:19 PST
No, no, no     I already looked him up by myself, you should have intuited that.
Besides he wasn't an m.d.   he was a doctor of kryptonology.

Please try again.

Request for Question Clarification by voila-ga on 03 Dec 2002 20:37 PST
that's the study of kryptonite, right?   you're sure it's not Clark Kent?

okay, then it's Dr. Isadora Duncan with a phone fetish.

Clarification of Question by nellie_bly-ga on 05 Dec 2002 14:59 PST
Good grief,  I'm sooooo  confused.   

Would you please just grab this dagnab question voila   and let me get
back to my phone booth.

By the way,  who's on first?
Subject: Re: For voila-ga,
Answered By: voila-ga on 07 Dec 2002 14:40 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for the question on Dr. Who.  I wish the editors would've just 
moved diagonal-ga's chronology of the show to the comment section 
instead of removing it entirely.  Having covered the show in depth, 
I'll give you something completely different.  Your question "Who's on 
first" reminded me that I hadn't told you my "Rainman" story yet.  I 
hope you'll accept it as a "who" substitute.

Last Sunday after reading an especially hand-wringing post in the 
forum, I recalled the scene in the diner where Charlie Babbitt grabbed 
Raymond's neck trying to control him.  Raymond immediately whipped out 
his "Book of Slights" and wrote "Charlie Babbitt pulled and grabbed 
and hurt my neck in 1988," so I copied that line into my .sig on my 
forum profile.  It reminded me how we mentally record our "injuries" 
when they are very inconsequential in a big picture framework.

Little did I know that by having that film enter my consciousness 
would, only two hours later, lead to my own "Rainman" reenactment.

My Sundays are usually spent relaxing and researching while I catch up 
on Google Answers.  I was putting some water on to boil for tea when I 
noticed I had my 5-pound capacity glass canister filled with sugar on 
the back burner.  This was so I didn't spill it dragging spoonfuls of 
the wicked white powder to my coffee cup, resulting in what my mom 
refers to as my "sugar mess.

So I turn on the back burner where the canister is, realize my mistake 
as I wanted the front burner instead, and clicked it off ... or so I 
thought.  Instead I turned it on HIGH!  I went to the other room and 
returned after I heard a loud "POP," only to see my glass canister 
shattered into smithereens, the five pounds of pure cane slowly 
seeping into the stove top, and catching on fire.  Flames, no less!

I'm desperately trying to remain calm and regretting my lack of Girl 
Scout skills.  It looked manageable so I took a towel and tried to 
beat the curly-Q flames into submission.  This, of course, only fed 
their appetite.  It was about at this time that I hear an ear-piercing 
screeching sound.  My fire alarm.  So that's what that thing sounds 

I abandon the fire to get my broom and whack it, recreating that scene 
when Raymond burns his waffles with Charlie Babbitt comes to the 
rescue.  Folks, this silencing method ONLY works in the movies.  And 
what really bites is that Tom Cruise isn't waiting in my bedroom!

Then I ran to grab a chair for a boost so I could rid the apartment 
from that infernal sound that was quickly melting the enamel from my 
teeth.  I whack it and whack it, not knowing how to turn the bleepin' 
thing off.  Finally finding its sweet spot, the screeching stops.

Going back to the fire which is now burning like the freakin'Sugarland 
Express, I vaguely recall the idea that you should throw flour on it 
to smother it.  So I grab the Gold Medal,  throw one handful ... two 
handfuls ... three handfuls ... this is doing bupkis.  What genius 
came up this one?  Then I'm heraled  AGAIN by the Great Screaming 
First Security Owl.  What, you have to *keep* smacking that 
contraption?  Why can't a soothing voice come on saying, "Uh ... I 
know the fire's not out yet.  Would you like me to call the fire 
department?"  To which I reply, "Uh, yeah, I'm a little busy over here,
O Wise One."

Climb back on the chair.  Whack!  Whack!  Back to the kitchen.  
Agitation ensues.  The stove is electric so I can't douse it with 
water ... or can I?  So I go to the breaker box to trip the switch for 
the range.  Can't see.  Glasses ... glasses?  Where are they?  Trip 
the switch, fill a water container, and there goes the alarm again!

Back up the chair.  More whacking.

Back to the kitchen, dump the water on the fire, and ... finally ... 
it's out!

Little did I know, this was going to be the easy part of this debacle.

Have you ever tried to clean up glass chips amidst five pounds of 
baker's sugar, three handfuls of flour mixed with water and baked on 
to a cripsy black congealed glob?  It's NOT relaxing but that's the 
tale of last Sunday.

I'm hoping in the future no forum conversation ever conjures up any 
"Backdraft" dialogue.

See ya later, Nell'sBells.  Gotta go buy some sugar.  And a fire 

Three alarm cheers,
nellie_bly-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Talk about getting more than you bargained for...........!!
Not only is voila a great researcher, she's a super story teller besides.
Once again Google Answers provides an evening's entertainment.

And, Voila, may the kitchen elves forever guard you from further mishaps.

Subject: Re: For voila-ga,
From: voila-ga on 04 Dec 2002 06:30 PST
Hola diagonal,

I really did know this answer but was just having some fun with the
Nellgal first.  And if I didn't know and couldn't locate the answer to
this question, GA best can me muy pronto.  Hopefully, you'lL join the
researcher's forum soon and learn what a warped group of individuals
we actually are.  Just follow the URL in the newsletter.

Nell, it was very sweet of you to do this but I was glad to help you. 
I also knew you wouldn't mind if I saved my answer till the weekend
and had a few laughs in the meantime.

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