August 11th, 2006

Kero Are You Crazy

Happy Birthday, wesha!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

The act of burning; the state of being burnt; [from] Latin ustus, to burn. [Related to] ustorious, having the quality of burning.
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

Feast Day of St. Alexander,
a third-century patron of charcoal burners. George Wood's Vitalogy: Food Remedies for All Diseases (1896) described some medical uses of charcoal: "In many cases of headache, two teaspoonfuls of pulverized charcoal, in half a teacup of milk, will effectually relieve the patient. ... In cases of costiveness, many persons are cured by taking a tablespoon three times a day. It is of great utility in arresting mortification of the bowels, taken in large doses. ... It will usually regulate foul breath. Dose, from one to three teaspoonfuls, one to three times a day; in urgent cases, it may be used every two or three hours. ... Mixed with corn-meal and wet with a strong ooze of oak-bark, it is a good application to parts in a state of gangrene or mortification. Charcoal prepared from the young shoots of willow is preferable for most medical purposes. This preparation can now be found in all drug stores."

Warning: 19th-century medicine has been found to be harmful or fatal if swallowed.

-The Gneech

I Wonder If I Should...

...tell my players that Evard has a +22 Intimidate check.

Nothing like actually statting out the campaign BBEG to make you realize what they're actually up against.

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    geeky geeky