Australia

Chtonobdella goes to Canberra

Jack Dikian of Mosman “read in a medical journal that medicinal leeches (C8) usually come from Hungary or Sweden. So, it must be the other leeches then, that come from the area near Lake Burley Griffin.”

“Thank you readers for additions to my item on maximum runs scored off one ball (C8),” writes Kersi Meher-Homji of St Ives. “Peter Miniutti, according to experts, 286 runs off one ball is a hoax. Michael Jones wrote in ESPNCricinfo, ‘Cricket has built up more than its fair share of urban legends over the years. Just as with any other subject, some of them are so far-fetched and easily proved false, it’s surprising that anyone could believe them at all.’ The story of a hit for 286 runs in 1893-94 has been repeated countless times over the years and is probably the most popular answer when the question of most runs off one ball comes up. But it appears to be nothing more than an invention of the Pall Mall Gazette. Ian McNeilly, I agree with the umpire in giving you four runs and not nine. Sorry!”

Cracking on with another eggcorn (C8), this time from Ian McAlpin of Ryde: “When I was admitted to hospital in 2001, with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the first things to happen was to have a biopsy. When talking to my mum the night before, I told her I was feeling good and that I would ‘be having an autopsy in the morning’.”

“With that sort of staggering inaccuracy in his medical record, Grant Casey (C8) should be extremely grateful that he was still shown to be alive!” thinks David Gordon of Cranebrook.

“Can anyone think of a use for those plastic clips that come with loaves of bread etc?” asks Dave Horsfall of North Gosford. “They don’t appear to be recyclable and hence will only add to
non-biodegradable landfill, whereas at least I can always find a use for tie-wraps such as sealing bags of frozen vegetables.” Granny can help here. Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs collect bread tags nationally in Australia. The tags are recycled locally, raising funds to buy wheelchairs for the disadvantaged. Look ’em up. You can even mail them in.

Paul Wilmot of Bronte reckons “the subeditors got it wrong on yesterday’s front page.
I think ‘President an agent of Kaos’ might be more appropriate, but is Joe, Smart enough?”

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