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46365.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:21 pm Reply with quote

I can scarcely complete the day without such a wonder

46370.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Dr Gunther von Hagens, eat your heart out.
Or is that his next trick?

46398.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:34 pm Reply with quote

Can anyone confirm or otherwise the following story? I have looked for references high and low on the net but to no avail.

A Hospital Intensive Care Unit had an odd problem. Whoever was in a particular bed in one particular place on Friday afternoon would be dead by the evening (for the sake of the argument, we'll say it was the bed to the right of the window). This went on for weeks, possibly even months.

They checked the patients' conditions, where they came from, which doctors they were under. No correlation could be found. They checked the beds themselves, and swapped them around: and they moved around the various bits of life-support equipment.
But it was always the same -- whoever was by that window was doomed.

And then one Friday a nurse was on duty, trying her hand at working out what was going on.
"Good afternoon," came a cheery voice.
She looked up to see the cleaner....

Who had come to polish the floor....

With his big plug-in rotating polishing machine....

A job he did every Friday afternoon.....

46400.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:44 pm Reply with quote

It's not true. There are many many variations of that story going around, some concerning a turkish cleaning lady etc. etc.

Here is snopes report of it.

46415.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:20 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
This went on for weeks, possibly even months.

It is little bits like the one above that tell you it's not true. If people were dying inexplicably it wouldn't go on for weeks or months.

46515.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:25 am Reply with quote

Thanks for clearing that up for me. I had a bad feeling it was an urban myth.

When someone told me that "they" were taking the word 'gullible' out of the dictionaries, I was halfway across to the bookshelf to check before the penny dropped.

46547.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:54 am Reply with quote

Reminds me of this urban myth:

Under Redundant in the dictionary, it says 'See redundant'.



46555.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:07 pm Reply with quote

Those rotating floor-buffers do get sucked into MRI scanners, though, as we found in post 37492. Chairs, tanks, watches, zimmerframes, terminators...

Here's a load more:

gerontius grumpus
46614.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:29 pm Reply with quote

Probably an urban myth but I have known hospital cleaners just like that.


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