Nobel winner was human guinea pig

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian scientist who jointly won the 2005 Nobel prize for medicine said he became a human guinea pig and drank a cocktail of bacteria to prove his theories that ulcers were not caused by stress.

I think this could become a very popular drink at parties. The Nobel. Or the Human Guinea Pig. Or the Ulcer-Inducing Bacteria Grog.

Australian professor Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded the 2005 Nobel prize for their 1982 discovery that the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, rather than stress, caused stomach ulcers and inflammation.

Marshall, who spent Tuesday fielding calls of congratulations from around the world, said he became a human laboratory rat to convince sceptics that ulcers and stomach inflammation were caused by bacterium.

"I didn't think about it very much and probably I wouldn't have done it if I had really thought it through," Marshall told reporters in the Western Australian capital of Perth.

If I were you, sir, I would not be stating publicly that my Nobel Prize-winning scientific and medical breakthrough was nothing more than the result of poor decision-making.


Cage gives son Superman’s birth name

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage’s wife of 14 months gave birth on Monday to the couple's first child together, a son they named Kal-el -- a moniker recognized by comic book fans as the birth name of Superman.

The child's delivery in New York City and his full name, Kal-el Coppola Cage, were confirmed by the actor's publicist, Annett Wolf, who said of the family, "They are healthy and happy and it's quite lovely."

Oddly, Wolf made this statement with wide eyes while shaking her head and moving her index finger in small circles next to her right temple.

No further details were released, including how the actor and his wife, Alice Kim Cage, were inspired to borrow from the mythology of Superman in naming their child.

After refusing to comment, the publicist turned to the reporter’s on her left, repeated the circular motion of her index finger against her temple, and mouthed what might have been the word “lazy” or “daisy”.


Investigation brewing over jailhouse yeast

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Add yeast to the list of items not allowed in jails. The Mesa County sheriff's department recently confiscated two toothpaste tubes full of brewer's yeast that somebody tried to smuggle into the county jail.

Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the smuggling attempt wasn't surprising. What raised eyebrows was the source: the yeast, which can be used to make "jailhouse hooch," was found packed in with some uniforms shipped from a South Carolina jail-item supply company.

"It was awful suspicious," Hilkey said.

“I think it was some nasty varmints done this. They must not know nothing about what trouble could be stirred up right quick by some drunken criminal types.”

5 Responses to “news nuggets”

  1. # Anonymous anne arkham

    Hooch? They were making bacteria cocktails.  

  2. # Anonymous Jacques

    Didn't Nicholas Cage come close to being Superman in a Superman movie? Maybe he named his son Kal-el to prove he isn't bitter. Crazy.  

  3. # Blogger Joe Fuel

    Yes, drunken criminals are a bad thing. But still, if you got them drunk, you might just be able to reduce the overcrowding problem in our prisons... if you catch my drift.  

  4. # Blogger anaglyph

    I hope you're not having a go at the 'can do' attitude of us Aussies? We don't hold with messing about with that namby-pamby 'experimental protocol' business.

    And in any case, who's walking away with the Nobel Prize and a cool one & a half mill? Hmmm?

    I'm off to drink some lighter fluid for some new research I'm doing.  

  5. # Blogger r.fuel

    Anaglyph: thanks for the laugh.  

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