Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Astrophysics of Surgery

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars.

-"Age of Aquarius," by the 5th Dimension

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Scheduling surgery can be tricky:

"I'm sorry, doctor, I can't get my pacemaker then."

"Why not?"

"Mars is in retrograde."

-Wes

5 comments:

Ian Furst http://www.waittimes.blogspot.com said...

you're kidding right -- someone delayed a packmaker for the phases of the planents?

DrWes said...

Ian -

No, this was not a joke. It seems that in astrological circles there is a concern of fated events when planets are in retrograde...

This was news to me, too.

Eileen (married to an astrophysicist...) said...

Just don't say this to an actual astrophysicist... they get the astronomy/astrology thing all the time, when one is of course science while the other is bunk. They can be kinda touchy about it.

Rogue Medic said...

Just tell them you will use a retrograde insertion technique and that will cancel out the bad juju mumbo jumbo.

If only there were an AICD to shock people out of these idiotic thoughts.

Deb said...

That is hilarious!