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Captain Morgan Helps Hips in the Emergency Room

Medicine has advanced not just leaps and bounds but light-years over the last half-century. These days, patients benefit from brain scans, 3D ultrasounds, and robot surgeons. But there are some holdouts. If, for example, you have the misfortune of landing in the emergency room with a dislocated hip, there will be no robots. Your doctor will simply grab your leg and shove your hip back into place.

Hip dislocation happens when the head of the big leg bone called the femur slips—or is pushed—out of the hip socket. This can happen in a car accident, on the football field, or in the living room, for people with loose joints or hip replacements.

The traditional emergency department procedure for reducing (or fixing) a dislocated hip is called the Allis Maneuver. The maneuver requires a doctor to climb onto a gurney and straddle the patient. Not surprisingly, this can be challenging, unsafe, and awkward for both parties.

University of California emergency medicine professor Greg Hendey figured there had to be a better way, although he had no idea what the improvement might look like. That is, until one night several years ago when he was watching a commercial for Captain Morgan rum. The mascot struck his well-known pose: grinning lasciviously, with one foot resting on a barrel of liquor. 

Like a cooperative femur, everything fell into place. Hendey realized that a doctor could just put one foot up on the gurney, then use his or her knee to guide the patient’s joints back into place. He implemented the practice in his hospital, took notes on 13 cases where it was used, then wrote up his findings in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. 

Hendey and his co-author concluded that their Captain Morgan technique [Warning: graphic video] was an “interesting and novel” method, and that it was both easier and safer to perform than the Allis Maneuver. Doctors really liked the new method, Hendey told NPR: "Once they start using the Captain, they never go back."

Though Hendey’s sample size was small, later studies in other hospitals affirmed his conclusions. Researchers in Australia came up with the “rocket launcher” method of hip reduction and compared it to Hendey's. Despite its alarming name, they concluded that the rocket launcher technique was safe and effective—just not as effective as Captain Morgan. 

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

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