Fantod – a state of nervous irritability or tension, an emotional fit.
First-year vet students were attending their first anatomy class, with a dead cow.
The professor started the class by telling them, “Veterinary Medicine requires two important qualities in its practitioners: The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal body.”
He then stuck his finger in the rear end of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck his finger in his mouth.
“Go ahead and do the same thing,” he told his students.
They were understandably hesitant but eventually took turns sticking a finger in the rear end of the dead cow and sucking on it.
When everyone finished, the professor looked at them and said, “The second most important quality is observation.
“I stuck my middle finger in the cow and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention. Life’s tough, but it’s even tougher if you’re stupid..”
A doctor who saw this said there was a similar story about med students and testing urine for diabetes.
People sell papers.
That was the advice the first editor I worked for kept telling reporters to keep us focussed on the human side of an issue.
There have been lots of people-focussed stories in the wake of last Saturday’s earthquake and almost all of them have been good.
There have been a few stories of people behaving badly. There was a bit of opportunistic looting before the police and army arrived; a break-in and theft of equipment from a special-needs school and a few acts of stupidity which ended up in court.
But almost all the stories are about people behaving well in spite of what they are going through as the after-shocks continue.
The people of Canterbury have expressed gratitude to the rest of New Zealand and people further afield for support.
The rest of the country should be grateful to Cantabrians for showing that when nature misbehaves people don’t have to.
The scale of the destruction in the city I grew up in is hard to grasp until you see the amount of damage and talk to people about what they have been through.
But what strikes me – more than anything else – is how well people are coping. Some families have lost almost everything. They are scared and worried. And they don’t know how long the aftershocks will continue. But they are picking themselves up, helping out their neighbours and their friends, and soldiering on in some really tough circumstances.
Thank you Canterbury.
It was the morning of September 12 in New Zealand when we woke to those horrifying pictures of two planes flying in to the World Trade Centre.
I woke our then teenage-daughter up so she could watch, saying I hoped she’d never see anything like it again.
Even once in a lifetime is too often for an act of evil like that.
We must remember it and be vigilant. But we must also be careful not to let fear of a repeat be used as an excuse for needless restrictions.
Freedom is the best proof that they didn’t win.
On September 11:
1185 Isaac II Angelus killed Stephanus Hagiochristophorites.
1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots jointly-led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeated the English.
1390 Lithuanian Civil War (1389–1392): the Teutonic Knights began a five-week siege of Vilnius.
1541 Santiago, Chile, was destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead by Michimalonko.
1609 Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island.
1649 Siege of Drogheda ended: Oliver Cromwell’s English Parliamentarian troops took the town and executed its garrison.
1697 Battle of Zenta.
1709 Battle of Malplaquet: Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.
1758 Battle of Saint Cast: France repelled British invasion during the Souven Year’s War.
1773 The Public Advertiser published a satirical essay titled Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One written by Benjamin Franklin.
1776 British-American peace conference on Staten Island failed to stop nascent American Revolutionary War.
1777 American Revolution: Battle of Brandywine – British victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
1786 The Beginning of the Annapolis Convention.
1792 The Hope Diamond and other French crown jewels were stolen.
1802 France annexed the Kingdom of Piedmont.
1814 War of 1812: The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a major United States victory in the war.
1857 Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacred 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah.
1858 First ascent of Dom, the third highest summit in the Pennine Alps.
1862 O. Henry, American writer, was born (d. 1910).
1885 D. H. Lawrence, English novelist, was born (d. 1930).
1892 Pinto Colvig, voice actor for Goofy, Pluto, and Bozo the Clown, was born (d. 1967).
1893 First conference of the World Parliament of Religions was held.
1903 The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin was held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
1906 Mahatma Gandhi coined the term “Satyagraha” to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.
1914 Australia invaded New Britain, defeating a German contingent at the Battle of Bita Paka.
1916 The Quebec Bridge‘s central span collapsed, killing 11 men.
1917 Ferdinand Marcos, 10th President of the Philippines, was born (d. 1989).
1917 Jessica Mitford, British writer, was born (d. 1996).
1922 The British Mandate of Palestine began.
The borders of Mandate Palestine after the Mandate formally came into effect in 1923
1922 The Treaty of Kars was ratified in Yerevan, Armenia.
1922 The Sun News-Pictorial was founded in Melbourne.
1928 Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm made the first successful trans-Tasman flight.
1941 Ground was broken for the construction of The Pentagon.
1941 Charles Lindbergh’s Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany.
1943 Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead), was born.
1944 World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm killed 11,500.
1945 World War II: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internment camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak, by Australian 9th Division forces.
1961 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
1961 Hurricane Carla struck the Texas coast .
1968 Air France Flight 1611 crashed off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
1970 88 of the hostages from the Dawson’s Field hijackings were released.
1972 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco, California began regular service.
1974 Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing 69 passengers and two crew.
1977 Jon Buckland, British guitarist (Coldplay), was born.
1978 U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel agreed on the Camp David Accords a framework for peace between Israel and Egypt and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
1989 The iron curtain opened between Hungary and Austria.
1992 Hurricane Iniki devastated Hawaii.
1997 NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor reached Mars.
1997 Scotland voted to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
1997 14 Estonian soldiers drowned in the Kurkse tragedy.
1998 Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
2001 The September 11 attacks in the United States.
2003 – The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety came into effect.
2004 Seventeen people were killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea – among them were Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria.
2005 The Israel completed its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
2007 Russia tested the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia