Thursday, October 26, 2006

Don't Worry, They're Not Contagious

From The Berkshire Evening Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass., Nov. 7, 1951:

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (UP) — Tonsillitis Jackson, 19, of Ardmore, Okla, was in the Navy today after unbelieving recruiters checked up and found he was not ribbing them.

He told Chief Petty Officer E. G. Old that his mother had a sore throat when he was born. His brothers and sisters, he added, are: Meningitis, 16; Appendicitis, 14; Laryngitis, 12; Jakeitis, 10; and Peritonitis, 9.

"We thought he was kidding us," Old said, "but we checked at Ardmore, and he wasn't."
A good dose of penicillin would have wiped out half this family.

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