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Antique Tool Still In Use.  Do you know what it is?

Viking posted this;

Tobacco Smoke Enema Kit  (1750s – 1810s).

The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, but primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.

A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke into the rectum.

The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration.

Doubts about the credibility of tobacco enemas led to the popular phrase, “blowing smoke up your arse.”

This old tool is still heavily used by the New Zealand government.

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  1. History has much to teach us about the strange ways of the Ancient Vikings. Can V2 be persuaded to tell us how he inserts & removes the nicotine patches used to wean him off the tobacco he’s had blown up his arse over the past 80 years? 🙂

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  2. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the thousands of protesters who have swamped Parliament’s grounds do not represent how most Kiwis feel about the Covid response.

    “I think they can see from what we’ve done is on behalf of everyone,” she said today.

    Ardern referenced the ‘Enough is Enough’ protest as an example of how Parliament had seen protests over the years but she maintained it was not representative of the majority of Kiwis.

    Her planned trip to Auckland would be a chance to see things for herself as opposed to corresponding over the phone – “It is something to see for yourself”
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/covid-19-delta-outbreak-125-cases-on-eve-of-auckland-alert-level-change/3B2TNIAPPAXVXGCROITOWHS6ZU/

    blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other.

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