The makers supply this info: A Parody of “The Fox” by Ylvis. This video was created for the 107th Annual Second Year Show by the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM) class of 2016. Written by Will Lewis, Lydia Flier, Eddie Grom, and Ariana Metchik-Gaddis. Directed by Eddie Grom, Lydia Flier, and Ben Rome. Sound Production by Will Lewis. Filmed and Edited by Ben Rome. Choreography by Richard Ngo. Costumes by Lenka Ilcisin & Emily Simons. The cast: Singer 1: Will Lewis / Singer 2: Dan Brein / Surgeon: Ben Brush / Spleen: Richard Ngo / Patient: Molly Siegel / Students: Eddie Grom & Ariana Metchik-Gaddis / Dancers: Madelyn Ho, Jean Junior, Erica Kiemele, Snowy Liu, Alex Power-Hays, Kai Qiu, Margaret Soroka, Susan Wang, Leah Wibecan. (Thanks to investigator Diane Rippa for bringing this to our attention.)
This study pokes a pointed stick into lots of questions about medicine, science, and scholarship. The lead author writes (in a note to us) that
“It addresses a paradox in modern medicine: antidepressants are often considered to be mere placebos  despite the fact that meta-analyses are able to rank them : it follows that it should also be possible to rank different placebos, which are all made of sucrose.”
Antidepressants are often considered to be mere placebos despite the fact that meta-analyses are able to rank them. It follows that it should also be possible to rank different placebos, which are all made of sucrose. To explore this issue, which is rather more epistemological than clinical, we designed an unusual meta-analysis to investigate whether the effects of placebo in one situation are different from the effects of placebo in another situation….
Two network meta-analyses were run to indirectly compare response and remission rates among three different placebos: 1) fluoxetine placebo, 2) venlafaxine placebo, and 3) venlafaxine/fluoxetine placebo (that is, placebo compared to both venlafaxine and fluoxetine). Publication biases were assessed using funnel plots and statistically tested.
RESULTS. The three placebos were not significantly different in terms of response or remission. The antidepressant agents were significantly more efficacious than the placebos, and venlafaxine was more efficacious than fluoxetine. The funnel plots, however, showed a major publication bias.
CONCLUSION. The presence of significant levels of publication bias indicates that we cannot even be certain of the conclusion that sucrose equals sucrose in trials of major depressive disorder. This result should remind clinicians to step back to take a more objective view when interpreting a scientific result. It is of crucial importance for their practice, far more so than ranking antidepressant efficacy.
“The utility model belongs to the field of ice cream in foodstuff, in particular to a cartoon belt music ice cream. A push pull rod music structure is arranged in a handle of the ice cream with no occupy of the space of ice cream body. The cartoon belt music ice cream consists of an ice cream body, a through hole, a music opening, a music body, a push pull rod, a push pull sheet, a handle and a cartoon picture. The utility model overcomes the deficiency that environmental pollution is caused by the wood handle of the prior ice cream. Having the advantages of wood material saving, cost reducing, simple structure and low cost, the utility model thereby is an ideal product for the enterprises producing ice cream to choose and is surely to be welcomed by large consumers.”
The mechanics are illustrated with a drawing, which has an accompanying prose description:
1 A cartoon ice cream with music, including the cake body (1), the through hole (2), music port (3), the music body (4), pull-tab (5), push-pull rod (6), a handle (7) cartoon images (8), characterized in that: Music body (4) and the handle (7) is integral, the music body (4) and the handle (7) within a through hole (2), provided externally with music port ( 3) and leave the music port (3) of the mouth of the through hole (2) of the holes are connected, the music body (4) Tops cake body (1), a handle (7) that has the pull-tab (5), pull-tab ( 5) Push the lower end mounted lever (6) and is integrally fixed to each other, pushing the lever (6) with the lower end of cartoon picture (8).
A different, clearer method of producing music is documented in this video. Skilled drummers drum on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal (thanks to the Granite Geek blog for bringing it to our attention):
“Lady Lovelace” (1815-1852) wrote the code for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, and so is often called the first computer programmer. The computer language “Ada” is named after her, and she had a lot of hair!
A 1910 British medical article about Spanish medical folklore includes some stories about how to induce milk:
“Spanish Medical Folklore,” British Medical Journal, October 15, 1910, p. 1168. The unsigned article explains that its information comes from “two articles on Spanish superstitions, by Dr. Martin arrera y Dellunder, which appeared in the Gaceta Medica Catalana of February 15th and March 15th, 1910.”says:
“If there is difficulty in getting the milk to flow, the Spanish woman has many methods to induce it. One very quaint one is to put on her husband’s shirt immediately after he has taken it off. Another way is tot suckle two children at once, and yet another to squirt the milk on to the wall, or into the flame of the candle which lights the room, so that it may burn. Another method is to use fomentations of sage boiled in urine, or to place a hollow key filled with mercury between the shoulders. In certain districts of Valencia there is a curious belief that the milk of the woman may be drawn out by means of feeding a cat or a dog on the bones of a fowl which has been made into soup.”