NCBI ROFL: Garlic: a way out of work.

By ncbi rofl | August 26, 2010 7:00 pm

garlic“Two 18-year-old men were seen for second-degree burns to the dorsum of their knees, ankles, and feet. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the burns were self-inflicted and resulted from the application of crushed garlic with the intent of exemption from work. Reviews of the literature reveal that garlic-induced burns have been previously reported; however, only once before as a factitious dermatitis. The sharp demarcation line between normal and abnormal skin should suggest that a burn is not from hot liquids. Health care providers had best be advised of the side effects of natural remedies and be aware of how garlic may be abused to the advantage of an individual.”


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  • Rhacodactylus

    In my day, we called in and lied to our boss, and we liked it dammit!

  • Kokoba

    But what about the vampires who want to play hooky from work?

  • Joanna Cake

    If it does that to your skin, what is it doing to your stomach and intestines?

    I cant help being reminded about a fetish I once read about involving the insertion of a cut ginger root into one’s nether regions. I believe it was called figging… I can feel you all flinching from here :)


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