When you get to be my age (old), you have a propensity to talk about all your medical problems. As boring as that sounds, blog posts about my various ailments tend to get the most traffic because of the pictures I debate posting – you wouldn’t believe how many people want to see photos of tonsil cysts and palm ganglions and severed limbs. And some day I’m going to have a severed limb to show you, just not yet. Darn it.
Anyway, I’ve reached the point in life where I’m no longer trying to impress you all with my freakish good looks, so freakish pictures in general is what you have to look forward to from now on.
And today we feature my tinea versacolor. Which sounds awesome, right? Like some new high definition cinema experience.
Tinea Versacolor is actually the medical term for the Creeping Mahungus. Which is the clinical term for Haole Rot (pronounced “Howley rot”). All these terms sound so fabulous, they should really be considered for any marketing campaign.
Supposedly, I may have picked it up from the beach sand – too many days playing beach volleyball has not only left me with a rotator cuff injury, but also with a delightful fungal thing that crops up every year or so. You get these pinkish spots and if you tried to tan, you’d have these white spots where the fungus resides. “Haole” is a Hawaiian term for Gringo, white people, so Haole Rot means “white people rot”, because of the white spots. Nice, right?
It starts off with one spot, maybe two and if you leave it alone (for like a year) the spots have sex with each other and breed like rabbits. Then, instead of one spot, you have this mess:
Since it’s a fungus, you can apply Selsun Blue on it a few times and it can go away for awhile, but when you forget to do that, and you let it get out of control like I did this last time, then you have to go to the doctor to get a prescription for Ketoconazole which can do things to your liver. And not good things. So try to stay ahead of YOUR tinea versacolor with Selsun Blue.
And wish me luck with my liver.
By the way, is it me, or does the splotch way over on the side look like a puppy paw print? Did you know tinea versacolor is also known as Dermatomycosis furfuracea? Did you catch that? Furfurcea? FUR FUR? As in puppies? Who knew a fungus could be so cute? Awwwwwwwwwwwwww……
And Another Thing…
Long time fans of NGIP know that I hate telemarketers. I have complained about them on
And then along comes my friend, Bryan Logie, who has invented a way to blacklist those automated “robocallers” or “robodialers”. And he has submitted his invention to the Federal Trade Commission for a Robocall Challenge. He calls it the RoBlocker.
You can check it out on his submission page, and let him know the answer to this: What do you think about having a device that would allow you to block any amount of numbers, even those with no actual number, with the push of just a button? AND… If such a device wasn’t free, what would be the most you would be willing to pay for it?
Feel free to leave your comment over there. Or just bitch about telemarketers in general.