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Research designed to raise a few eyebrows

This issue’s offering compiles for you a round-up of some of the more unusual research and strange events that have transpired in recent weeks. Our world is only partially recognisable from what it was like 18 months ago, but strangeness remains a constant. We begin with research that was first published in the Journal of…

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Mindo Cartoon – 18 October 2021

Unfashionable cuts that will make your mouth water

It’s now over 10 years ago when restaurants, reacting to the global financial crisis, started to pretend that slow-cooked pork belly is posh. And despite its subsequent ubiquity, it’s still pretty cheap. Unfashionable cuts of meat, like pork belly, which is otherwise destined to be turned into streaky bacon, are the saviours of restaurants that…

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Sexual intercourse versus a decongestant for nasal breathing issues? Trust the science…

For those who like to take a sideways look at science and research, not least of the medical variety, the Ig Nobel awards are a highlight of the scientific calendar. The awards are for research that “first makes people laugh, then makes them think”. This year’s Ig Nobels threw-up the usual assortment of wondrous oddities.…

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Devour those country roads in Ford’s Ranger Thunder

If ever there was a time to put on a baseball cap and set your Spotify to Garth Brooks songs, driving the Ford Ranger Thunder is just that occasion. The Ranger Thunder also has the honour of being the first pickup truck tested for the intrepid readers of the Medical Independent. If you like fishing,…

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Mindo Cartoon – 7 October 2021

The dapper drummer gathered no moss, but he did amass a fine collection of bespoke menswear

The old ‘the Beatles or the Stones’ debate continues ad infinitum among many music lovers as to which was the greatest band of all time. While just two Beatles are left standing, Stones fans will have noted with sadness the passing of the band’s drummer Charlie Watts recently, a man who stood out as an…

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Finglas free-kick frustrates faltering physicians

A bright start to the season for the Dublin Hospitals FC (DHFC) has dimmed somewhat with two successive draws in the Leinster Senior League. Under the Friday night lights in a balmy< Crumlin, DHFC laboured to a 1-1 draw with Finglas United (FU) following a second-half exchange of set pieces. In truth, three injuries DHFCcould…

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Mindo Cartoon – 27 September 2021

Charlie – a love story

The strong bond that developed between Prof Gaye Cunnane and her new dog was a source of great surprise. They say that owners begin to resemble their dogs after a period of time. Over the years while out walking around the streets of Dublin or elsewhere, I might take a moment to observe the connections…

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