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I thought I was safe here on ScienceBlogs

Apparently I’m not safe, even here. I thought I could escape him.

Who am I talking about?

Richard Simmons, that’s who, and he’s shown up on ScienceBlogs on the mothership’s official blog.

I’m having acid flashbacks.

You see, there was a time, back in 1997 or 1998, when I briefly met Richard Simmons. It was at BookExpo America, back when I was living in Chicago. Richard Simmons was pushing some cookbook or other of healthy recipes, as I recall, and, just for yucks, my wife and I decided to get in the line for a signing.

Well, Richard seemed to like me, and said I “looked very smart.” When he found out I was a doctor, he said he was going to medical school. (Oddly enough, I see nothing on his official website mentioning that he had finished.)

As we were heading away from the line, my wife commented to me, “You know, I think he really liked you.”

I thought I had, after 9 or 10 years, finally recovered from the experience, and then Sarah had to go and plaster his visage on ScienceBlogs.

The pain…

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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