What I am about to describe is going to be the worst thing I have ever read on this podcast.
As someone with a psychology degree, I have watching for this one to come down the pike. (I briefly considered warning Gareth that Mr. Gage might show up someday, but that would have been Bad Form.) Gage is the darling of the academic psychology set: memory, cognition, personality, mood, pain tolerance…
- Harlow, John M. “Passage of an iron rod through the head.” Boston medical and surgical journal, v. 39, no. 20 (November 1848): 389-393. (pdf)
- Bigelow, Henry J. “Dr. Harlow’s case of recovery from the passage of an iron bar through the head.” American journal of the medical sciences, n.s. v.20 (July 1850): 13-22. (pdf)
- Harlow, John M. “Recovery from the passage of an iron bar through the head.” Publications of the Massachusetts Medical Society, v.2 (1868): 327-347. (pdf)
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science * John Fleischman
The Only Living Man with a Hole in His Head * Todd Colby Pliss
The image of the impaled priest in The Omen
P T Barnum’s museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Adding more to the growing mythos of don’t let Carla babysit: like I said, not only did I know all about the Gageman, but the image I had in mind while I listened to Gareth’s soul slowly wither during this episode? A certain priest in a certain horror movie from the 70’s who suffered a similar fate:
Oh, looky looky, it’s on YouTube. Thank you, YouTube.
Bands from this episode:
- Distracted Tamping
- Spark in the Hole
- Phineas’ Oxcart
- Volcano Bone
- Cave Dick
- Harlow’s Triumph
Remember, friends don’t let friends dig their fingers around in their brainmeat. Not without washing their hands, they don’t. Safety first.