Heavenly Atomic Bombs, Chainsaw Injuries, Nicotine Gum, and Other News Items

This collection of news items includes stories about chainsaw injuries, nicotine gum, and the Eagle Forum's opinion of atomic bombs.

| January/February 1983

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    The Eagle Forum considers atomic bombs a "marvelous gift" from a wise God.
    Illustration by Fotolia/mcade

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The following news items were drawn from multiple sources.

Heavenly Atomic Bombs

Now that the Equal Rights Amendment has been defeated, Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum (with a membership of 50,000) have chosen a new "calling": to work against a nuclear freeze. A major newspaper has quoted her as proclaiming, "The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise god."

Chainsaw Injuries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 123,000 chainsaw-related injuries occurred last year, and that one-quarter of these were the result of "kickback" — the sudden rearward and/or upward jerk of the powerful cutter. For information on operating the tools safely, write to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Nicotine Gum

A substitute for cigarettes — nicotine gum — has been recently tested at the University of Arkansas. The chewable substance (which has been popular in Europe for some time) may produce a nicotine level slightly higher than that acquired from cigarette smoking, but the absence of smoke will make the gum at least a bit more healthful for folks suffering from coronary, arterial, or pulmonary diseases.

Delivery Room Dog

Not all hospitals deny patients their rights. In fact, when Kathy Malone and her blind husband Jim went into the hospital for the birth of their baby, Jim's guide dog was allowed to go right along with them. The pooch accompanied the family in both the labor and the delivery room. It seems that not a single staff member opposed the canine's presence.

Fly in the Soup — and Everything Else

Whether or not you consider grasshopper legs a delicacy, chances are you consume hundreds of pieces of insects a day. A normal peanut butter and jelly sandwich can contain more than 50 bug fragments, and the FDA permits up to 20 drosophila (fruit fly) eggs in one glass of tomato juice and 75 insect parts per two ounces of cocoa mix. The good news is that the bug parts — although many folks find the notion of consuming them unappetizing — are actually quite high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Electric Braces

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed electric braces complete with three tiny batteries, a transistor, and a resistor that are tiny enough to hide under the lip. Using an undetectable 20 millionths of an ampere to move the teeth into position, the metal marvels are supposed to do the job in about half the time that conventional braces require.

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