Prisoner Given Aspirin to Treat Tumors Still Has Tumors, Surprisingly

Lauri Apple · 11/04/11 06:59AM

Paul Parisi, a prisoner at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, suffers from fibroneuroma—a disease that causes benign tumors to form on his nerve cells. When Parisi's illness started causing him severe pains, he asked his (taxpayer-subsidized) prison doctors to treat him. So they gave him some (free) aspirin and ibuprofen, the end.

Dragonflies Are Humongous Cowards

Hamilton Nolan · 10/28/11 04:11PM

Tumbleweed comeback! Aspirin cancer! Goosebump fear! Star molecules! Cowardly dragonflies! Fish labeling! Python organs! Spider foreplay! And outer space's most popular costumes! It's your Friday Science Watch, where we watch science—with bravado!

Let's Just Keep This Smallpox Around, What Could Happen?

Hamilton Nolan · 05/24/11 04:41PM

Samurai workout! Kids sleeping! Plastic man-surgery! Lap teen-bands! Abortion fluctuations! Smallpox preservation! New aspirin! Disabled children! And the best sunscreens, revealed! It's your Tuesday Health Watch, where we watch your health—dangerously!

The 'Blatant Lies' School of Advertising

Hamilton Nolan · 02/26/09 03:42PM

Dinosaurs: "They would still be here if they hadn't caught a cold," says this ad for aspirin-plus-vitamin-C. Product slogan: "So you don't catch a cold." Can you spot the two flaws in this campaign?