Dr. Levengood’s Scab: CDC Seizes 180-Year-Old Smallpox Scab

Now this would have made for an interesting tort suit, but the surgical-booted thugs from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) have spoiled it. After Dr. Paul Levengood of the Virginia Historical Society put on display a small pox scab from 1831, CDC officials covered in surgical garb rushed to the museum, seized the scab, irradiated it and threw it into a “medium security area.” It is not clear if the scab has counsel.

The CDC notably was not concerned about the canker sores spreading from the captured cigar of Confederate president Jefferson Davis or lice from a wreath made of human hair. It was the scab sent by a son to his father with a note reading “Dear Pa … the piece I inclose is perfectly fresh and was taken from an infant’s arm yesterday. Dr. Harris says the inclosed scab will vaccinate 12 persons, but if you want more, you must send for it. I will pin this to the letter so that you cannot lose it as you did before.”

All my wife and kids gave me this month for my birthday was a heart monitor for walking (a chilling gift for a guy who turns 50 to be sure). What have they run out of smallpox scabs or are kids just not as caring as they were in the nineteenth century?

As for the scab, conditions have improved after it was moved from a high-security, BSL-4 lab, to a medium-securing lab. I assume that includes access to weight sets and possible conjugal visits.

Source: WSJ

40 thoughts on “Dr. Levengood’s Scab: CDC Seizes 180-Year-Old Smallpox Scab”

  1. SwM,

    Twenty years ago, maybe … now … hah … he’s completely safe with me

    Rudolph … gotcha

  2. Buddha,

    Only if they came in it….

    Shoot, I am unsure…

    But then again….I rarely carry Santa sacks….

    Safety was not something I considered then….

    Getting lucky was the aim….

    And now that I am older….I have really found out how lucky I truly was….

  3. A thousand pardons your Head Elf Masterness.

    Say . . . are you sure you’re wearing pants in that avatar picture?

    Just curious as to whether Blouise needs to be ready to shout “Rudolf!” or not.


    Safety first!

  4. Buddha,

    That is HEAD Elf Master to you…..

    Blouise et al…..

    I am all for loose fitting clothes….or….naturale….lol….


    Thanks for the complement… I have been told that I don’t clean up half bad….

  5. Blouise, Be careful. His s.o. could be reading the blog. lol

  6. SwM,

    I’m ready for him … all my whips have been releathered …

  7. Hell hath no fury like an angry naked master elf . . .

  8. I run into AY occasionally and he is always very well dressed. Don’t know what he wears at home with his familia.

  9. Blouise,

    “Prude isn’t necessarily a shameful thing in the eyes of we liberals … it could be that you both dress modestly …”

    Got it … I consider it more “age appropriate” … besides, my daughter would kill me if I went out of the house in something that not even she would wear!

    “as opposed to AY’s penchant for not dressing at all …”

    Lol … TMI, lady 😀

  10. It also answers why AY’s new avatar is a head shot . . .

  11. Buddha and Stamford Liberal,

    Prude isn’t necessarily a shameful thing in the eyes of we liberals … it could be that you both dress modestly … as opposed to AY’s penchant for not dressing at all …

  12. I’ve been called a lot of things here over the years.

    Prude is a first though! :mrgreen:

  13. AY and rafflaw,

    Rumor has it that Hoffa’s buried under Giants Stadium … maybe that’s why the Giants suck …

  14. AY,
    Jimmy Hoffa? Did he have smallpox? It is more likely that the smallpox is still alive than anyone finding Hoffa still breathing.

  15. Blouise,

    “Because I like the guitar work, I give you The Scabs::

    Excellent … thanks!

    Since I like “The Scabs”, am I redeemed in your eyes for my prudish tendencies??

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