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"This was quite well written, and the characters had a very natural feeling back and forth. Shame I didn't like it at all."

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For better or worse, Show and Tell is an educational opportunity for fillies and colts. They find things that interest them or have a good story attached and present them to the class. They answer questions about them . . . and when Nursery Rhyme brings in a trichobezoar, there are lots of questions from the class and a few from Cheerilee, as well.

Still, it’s a learning opportunity for all involved.


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I have no idea what inspired this, but I though of bezoars today at work for some reason.


Rosy Wolfsnails are in the top 100 list of invasive species, and they’re known for their speed (not cheetah fast, but faster than other, slower gastropods).

Nursery Rhyme is the filly nurse seen in at least one episode.
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All the facts about bezoars and trichobezoars she stated are true facts. They can occur anywhere in the GI tract, and in equines when they occur in the throat they’re called choke. Horses with this condition can still breathe, but they can’t swallow.

One kind of bezoar is caused by eating unripe persimmons, and that type can sometimes be treated with Coca-Cola.

Ambroise Pare, a French surgeon, demonstrated that bezoar stones do not serve as an antidote to poison by offering a cook who was condemned to death by hanging a chance to take poison instead which might be neutralized by the bezoar. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t. Although if it had been an arsenic solution (for the chemists in the bunch, wikipedia says that the arsenate and arsenite are exchanged for phosphate in brushite and bonded to sulfur compounds in degraded hair proteins, respectively.


Bubblegum Brush (because she’s cute):
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Today I learned there’s a fancy word for hairball

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See? Show and tell is educational!

This was a fascinating read. You learn something new every day!

Also,

“Is it like a hairball? Opal gets hairballs but she horks them up and when Rarity finds them she shrieks.”

That got a good snort from me.

Nurse Redheart has a whole table full of items.

That are safe to show children.

The adult collection have their own Museum. :duck:

I looked up bezoar and I love that it's a real thing! For some reason when I first read it, my mind processed it as "bear," and I thought of those horrific looking alien demon microscopic water bear things. Yknow, these nightmares: https://scitechdaily.com/images/Tardigrade-Water-Bear.jpg


Also, blessed Sweetie Belle: “Is it like a hairball? Opal gets hairballs but she horks them up and when Rarity finds them she shrieks.”

I wrote a story a while ago that had the exact same title as this one, but it was rejected for apparently not being a story at all.

Why you did this I have no idea.

For this, I should send you a fruit cake.

Brilliant...

Honestly, given the nature of the place, I'd half-expect bezoars to act as universal antidotes in Equestria. Especially unicorn-derived ones. :rainbowlaugh:

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I legit jerked away from my monitor when that image loaded. Holy f:flutterrage:k am I glad those don't exist on a macro scale.

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This was a fascinating read. You learn something new every day!

I know, right? I first learned about ‘em from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

That got a good snort from me.

Sweetie Belle tells it like it is.

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Nurse Redheart has a whole table full of items.
That are safe to show children.

Well, ‘safe’ is debatable. Intestinal worms certainly fall in the grey area.

The adult collection have their own Museum. :duck:

Flared bases are your friend. Otherwise, just tell the doctor what’s stuck; it saves time for everypony.

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I looked up bezoar and I love that it's a real thing!

Yup! Some kinds more valuable than others, of course. Even without the questionable mystical properties.

For some reason when I first read it, my mind processed it as "bear," and I thought of those horrific looking alien demon microscopic water bear things. Yknow, these nightmares: https://scitechdaily.com/images/Tardigrade-Water-Bear.jpg

Ah yes, the live small die never Tradigrades. Freaky little guys, but they’re good at what they do.

Also, blessed Sweetie Belle: “Is it like a hairball? Opal gets hairballs but she horks them up and when Rarity finds them she shrieks.”

Sweetie’s the pony we all need in our lives. Weapons-grade cute, and somewhat socially oblivious.
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I wrote a story a while ago that had the exact same title as this one, but it was rejected for apparently not being a story at all.

<hugs>

Did the mods give any other critique on how it wasn’t a story, out of curiosity?

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Why you did this I have no idea.

That makes two of us, honestly.

For this, I should send you a fruit cake.
Brilliant...

Thanks! :heart:

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Honestly, given the nature of the place, I'd half-expect bezoars to act as universal antidotes in Equestria. Especially unicorn-derived ones.

That is a good point, maybe there are bezoars that come from the right kind of pony (or other creature) which have magical properties. I dunno why, but the first thought that comes to mind is a bezoar from a unicorn who got it by licking a zebra. . . .

Emil #17 · May 7th · · ·

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Are you trying to get us a disturbing Rule 34 story?

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You just know it would come out perfectly striped...

Poor Cheerilee. I would have thought the CMC would have brought in all the interesting stuff but this fully looks like she can beat them most of the time. Once I had the other name of this object I just flashed back to Harry’s first Potions lesson and could just hear Snape giving a lecture on why the pony nobles where never able to get them to work right.

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If that Twilight/Zecora clop fic isn’t written yet... Thanks, I hate it.

Seriously though interesting take. Did not know chronic hair eating was a thing before this.

You should totally write a sequel or epilogue with Nurse Redheart coming in for a show and tell. My mom used to be a Nurse, first in the hospital later on doing work in the home health business. She would sit down in the evening and while we were eating dinner she would say things like "So who wants to hear about this or that patient's medical issues?"

Dan
Dan #22 · May 7th · · ·

Cheerilee is a good teacher. I used to flip through Gray's (Not 'Greys') Anatomy as a kid, but the teachers only scolded me for trying to share what I read. Almost like the damn prudes didn't want kids to learn or develop interests.

They practically freaked when I tried to talk about William Beaumont's friendship with Alexis St. Martin.

and they had all learned an important lesson about why it was important to wash pasture grasses before eating them.

And that children is how you don't get worms.

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"I have no idea what inspired this, but I though of bezoars today at work for some reason."
Ah, I was wondering. Oh well. :)

I learned about both these and their supposed medicinal properties from Kingdom of Loathing.

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I'm glad too, for a subtly different reason: triggering a visceral "oh gods kill it" response while not being killable. Seriously, go look up all of the things that don't kill tardigrades.

Georg #26 · May 7th · · ·

"We’ve got a whole collection at the hospital of things we’ve taken out of ponies."

Alert! Alert! Some of the things taken out of ponies are not Y rated! Ask any emergency room physician "What's the strangest thing you've taken out of somebody?" and you're in for an hour or two of queazy and kinky descriptions.

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Yeah, seriously. I wonder how many sex toys have been surgically removed from deep within the anus of someone who either was overzealous in the bedroom or had a partner who was overzealous?

Even when talking about something that isn't obviously not intended to be viewed by small children, try presenting a kidney stone for show and tell as a challenge for the class to see how many aren't blowing chunks by the end of the telling of what kidney stones are. The ones that are passed through urination are bad enough, but sometimes they grow so big they end up clogging up an intersection of canals in the kidney it formed in and has to be surgically removed. Yeah, show and tell about a fucking staghorn kidney stone.

One kind of bezoar is caused by eating unripe persimmons, and that type can sometimes be treated with Coca-Cola.

Wait, what? How?

It's been decades since I read Huckleberry Finn, but IIRC Jim had one that he claimed could prophesize the future :pinkiegasp:

Well this was interesting, and did I read wrong or is Red Heart mother to Rhyme?

“Dad had to surgically remove it from a patient,” she said. “And she didn’t want to keep it, so Mom gave it to me.”

The bolded pronoun here is either very interesting and subtle worldbuilding or a typo. My vote is to leave it in and pretend it was the former if that wasn't the intent from the start.

That was a hilarious story. Educational, funny and cute. :)

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I know, right? I first learned about ‘em from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Same!

Calliope (late 2010): I don't understand, why are so many people thinking of writing about ponies all of a sudden?

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Are you trying to get us a disturbing Rule 34 story?

Ponies licking ponies is canon.
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You just know it would come out perfectly striped...

It probably would . . .

And that’s how you know it’s gonna work.

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Poor Cheerilee.

The perils of being a schoolteacher. . . .

I would have thought the CMC would have brought in all the interesting stuff but this fully looks like she can beat them most of the time.

Well, maybe--there’s got to be lots of things she’s not allowed to bring in, even in jars.

Once I had the other name of this object I just flashed back to Harry’s first Potions lesson and could just hear Snape giving a lecture on why the pony nobles where never able to get them to work right.

Oh, yeah, that’s right, they were in Harry Potter, too. I’d forgotten about that!

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If that Twilight/Zecora clop fic isn’t written yet... Thanks, I hate it.

I can’t say if it is or isn’t--I haven’t come across it, and won’t be looking.

Seriously though interesting take. Did not know chronic hair eating was a thing before this.

Thanks!

Yeah, it’s not all that common, but it is a thing. More generalized pica is more common, as far as I know (I worked with a guy once who would pick up cigarette butts and eat them). And there’s also eating things for other reasons; another guy I worked with ate dangerous items because for him the fun part was getting them out at the hospital.

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You should totally write a sequel or epilogue with Nurse Redheart coming in for a show and tell.

That’s the kind of thing that would be heavily vetted by Cheerilee, I have to imagine. The stories she could tell, or the things she could show off. Like how to repair major lacerations using buttons (yes, that’s a thing you can do on horses; look it up at your own peril).

My mom used to be a Nurse, first in the hospital later on doing work in the home health business. She would sit down in the evening and while we were eating dinner she would say things like "So who wants to hear about this or that patient's medical issues?"

That’s one of those things that makes for weird smalltalk. I work part-time in an AFC home for developmentally disabled adults, and some of our staff gossip about what the residents did is not the kind of thing that makes for good dinner conversation, especially with people who aren’t in the field.

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Cheerilee is a good teacher. I used to flip through Gray's (Not 'Greys') Anatomy as a kid, but the teachers only scolded me for trying to share what I read. Almost like the damn prudes didn't want kids to learn or develop interests.

It’s weird what teachers will encourage or not. I never had a problem reading King in middle school, but I could see how some teachers would put an effort to stopping that.

They practically freaked when I tried to talk about William Beaumont's friendship with Alexis St. Martin.

Since that happened in Michigan (and there are Michigan hospitals named for him), it’s something we did cover in middle school, and I have vague memories of there being a reenactment as a class project, although with paper foods on strings and no gunshot wounds.

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And that children is how you don't get worms.

That’s very important to know. Nopony wants worms.

Also, as an aside, I’ve often wondered if part of a pony’s annual checkup includes a dose of dewormer, just to make sure.

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Alert! Alert! Some of the things taken out of ponies are not Y rated!

From what I’ve read here and there, most of the things are Y rated; it’s the location where they were found that’s the issue.

At least the excuse of “I was vacuuming the living room naked when....” is more plausible when a pony’s involved. Well, assuming they’ve invented vacuums.

Ask any emergency room physician "What's the strangest thing you've taken out of somebody?" and you're in for an hour or two of queazy and kinky descriptions.

No doubt. And from everything I’ve heard, the best thing is to just tell the doctor what it is and not make up some dumb excuse for how it got there, because the doctor knows exactly how it got up there.

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Yeah, seriously. I wonder how many sex toys have been surgically removed from deep within the anus of someone who either was overzealous in the bedroom or had a partner who was overzealous?

From what I’ve heard, it’s usually not sex toys but other objects which aren’t meant to be used internally (although I’d imagine misusing a sex toy could also result in a trip to the hospital for removal).

Even when talking about something that isn't obviously not intended to be viewed by small children, try presenting a kidney stone for show and tell as a challenge for the class to see how many aren't blowing chunks by the end of the telling of what kidney stones are. The ones that are passed through urination are bad enough, but sometimes they grow so big they end up clogging up an intersection of canals in the kidney it formed in and has to be surgically removed.

Sometimes they can be broken up with ultrasonic waves, or so I’ve heard. Put a focused blast of sound on ‘em, and they break up small enough that they come out. Painfully, or at least so I’ve heard.

Yeah, show and tell about a fucking staghorn kidney stone.

Since we’re on that topic, while I was looking for coverart, I did come across the Rapunzel trichobezoar, which from the pictures is when the whole stomach, duodenum (I think that’s what’s next in line), and small intestine contain it. Those pictures were kinda horrifying.

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Wait, what? How?

I didn’t look up the scholarly article, so I can’t say for sure, but I have to imagine it’s by dissolving it.

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It's been decades since I read Huckleberry Finn, but IIRC Jim had one that he claimed could prophesize the future

It’s also been decades since I read Huck Finn, but that does ring a faint bell in the far corners of my memory.

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Well this was interesting

Thank you!

and did I read wrong or is Red Heart mother to Rhyme?

You read correctly; Redheart is Rhyme’s mom and Dr. Stable is her father.

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The bolded pronoun here is either very interesting and subtle worldbuilding or a typo. My vote is to leave it in and pretend it was the former if that wasn't the intent from the start.

It’s neither; it’s unclear pronoun usage. The ‘she’ in bold is the patient, who didn’t want to keep it.

I actually don’t know what human hospital protocol is on that--if they take something out of you which isn’t infectious, are you allowed to keep it?

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From what little we saw of her in the show, Nurse Redheart is a professional and would be able to figure out something that would be safe for a classroom of school-age colts and fillies perhaps covering the basics of how the various systems inside of the body function or a small demonstration of medical magic like x-rays or something.

As to the second part, yeah now that she's retired we use it as a family joke, but at the time it was like "Mom please for the love of all things holy shut up, we don't want to hear about your 600 lb diabetic patient or what have you".

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From what little we saw of her in the show, Nurse Redheart is a professional and would be able to figure out something that would be safe for a classroom of school-age colts and fillies perhaps covering the basics of how the various systems inside of the body function or a small demonstration of medical magic like x-rays or something.

I don’t doubt it, but at the same time, I don’t think Cheerilee would trust her to do the presentation without wanting to see it first--after all, what’s safe and appropriate for some fillies and colts might not be for another, and it’s also possible that there would be some things that could be upsetting to one of her students . . . and honestly, Redheart is professional enough, she’d probably insist on a pre-presentation briefing as well.

I could also see her or other medical staff being the go-to ponies for health class instruction, or sex ed, or what have you. Odds are they’d be better at it than Cheerilee anyway. Heaven knows that some of the middle school and high school teachers that I had who needed to cover that material weren’t the most effective (granted, some of that was surely a result of the school board deciding what we could and could not be taught).

As to the second part, yeah now that she's retired we use it as a family joke, but at the time it was like "Mom please for the love of all things holy shut up, we don't want to hear about your 600 lb diabetic patient or what have you".

Yeah, there’s a reason (besides HIPAA rules) that I rarely blog about anything that happens at the AFC homes. Blog posts about car repairs gone wrong are amusing; blog posts about a resident crapping his pants and trailing it across the kitchen and up the stairs are less amusing.

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