From the Department of Stuff-I-Didn’t-Know…
The horseshoe crab plays a vital, if little-known, role in the life of anyone who has received an injectable medication. An extract of the horseshoe crab’s blood is used by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to ensure that their products, e.g., intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices, are free of bacterial contamination…
More at The Horseshoe Crab.
[Thanks to friend Erik Speckman]
As we watch where we wade, we might recall that it was on this date in 1959 that Governor Earl Long of Louisiana (the brother of former Governor Huey “The Kingfish” Long, and self-described “last of the red-hot poppas” of politics) was committed to the state mental hospital in Mandeville for erratic behavior (that included a very public dalliance with ecdysiast Blaze Starr). Long and his staff discovered that Louisiana law allowed him to continue to govern even in confinement, so he worked the phones to keep his machine rolling. Long had Jesse Bankston, the head of the state hospital system fired, and appointed a new director, who declared him sane.
Illustrating the time-honored principle that “it takes one to know one,” The Kingfish averred (in explaining why he was supporting a rival candidate in a gubernatorial election), “Earl is my brother but he’s crooked. If you live long enough he’ll double cross you.”