Phlebotomist: I'm here to draw some blood.
Patient: But I just received blood yesterday.
Phlebotomist: You didn't think you'd get to keep it, did you?
"One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
--British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), whose work did prove to be terribly important but who died at the age of 98 from influenza
This week in 1952, a dense smog descended upon London, England that would last four days, causing at least 4,000 deaths and transportation chaos as visibility was reduced to a few hundred yards. Freshening winds and a rise in temperature eventually dissipated the fog. Most deaths occurred among the elderly, the very young or those with medical problems. The primary cause of the smog was pervasive coal burning.