Senin, 24 Oktober 2011

Gunfighters don't charge by the bullet

Sometimes you have to just suck it up and bite the bullet.  Of course, you may get lead poisoning in theprocess. 

Symptoms include: Highblood pressure, decline in mental functioning, muscular weakness, headache, memoryloss, and mood disorders

But seriously . . . not that lead poisoning isn’t serious .. . did you ever ponder where the phrase ‘bite the bullet’ comes from?  Believe it or not, it quite literally comesfrom the act of biting a bullet.   Again,with the lead poisoning . . . it’s inescapable.

Biting the bullet may have actually been a cure for leadpoisoning  . . . a direct and painfuldose of it. 

The phrase dates back to the early 1800’s.  During warfare when time was short or anesthesiawas unavailable, field doctors would shove a lead bullet between the teeth oftheir patient’s teeth and advise them to bite down on it.  It would distract the patient from the painassociated with the extrication of said source of lead poisoning or whatever procedurethey had to endure.  I can’t imagine thatbiting on a bullet would be enough to keep someone from feeling a doctordigging for a slug buried in the flesh or sawing through bone . . . so, maybeit also kept them from screaming so as to not to disrupt the surgeon and histask. 

Also, the lead was somewhat pliable which would keep thepatient’s teeth from breaking while biting. 

If you’re thinking one could get lead poisoning from bitingthe bullet, it’s true.  But what’sworse?  Dying of a gunshot wound organgrene or suffering from a little forgetfulness and a headache?

Suck it up, buttercup!

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