Date: Thu, 22 Jun 95 12:37:34 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: WhiteBoardness #950621
Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for June 21, 1995
New York, New York:
Love may be blind, but sex can be blinding.
An article in the current "Archives of Ophthalmology," published by the
American Medical Association, reports on six patients who suffered sudden
vision loss after "rigorous sexual activity."
The patients suffered "valsalva retinopathy," small hemorrhages on the
surface of the retina that obscure vision, says co-author Dr. Neil M.
Bressler of Johns Hopkins University.
The condition is rare and usually clears up on its own. It is often
attributed to severe coughing, vomiting or strenuous exercise. Now, doctors
know it can be caused by "your typical sexual activity," Bressler says.
The patients, five men and a woman, ages 24 to 53, reported blurred vision
and spots before their eyes that occurred during or shortly after sexual
activity. Most reported their vision restored within weeks, but in one
case, the conditions lasted 10 months. "There are no long-term
consequences" from the condition, Bressler says.
"We thought this gave a physiological explanation to the old wives' tale,"
about sex causing blindness, Bressler says. "Maybe they were right, but at
least it's rare."
Los Angeles, California:
Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson's often clueless house guest, has been named the
best subject for a newspaper columnist without a clue on what to write.
Kaelin was awarded the "Sitting Duck Award" by the National Society of
The award goes to "the target most useful to a columnist on a slow day."
Kaelin won "for being such a perfect example of a fleeting celebrity," said
Sheila Stroup of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Hair today, gone
Past winners include Roseanne and former President Bush's dog, Millie.
"If (O.J. Simpson) is acquitted, I will renounce my citizenship. And if I
converse with him at a cocktail party, I will say, 'Well, there are so many
people here who haven't murdered anyone. I think I'll go talk to them.'
I'll also riot."
Television personality Dick Cavett.
Fast News Forum:
Larry Jackson, 41, won the 1995 National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's
Corner, North Carolina, for his wordless rendition of Amazing Grace.
Jackson said his father taught him: "I used to think he hollered songs
because he didn't know the words."
Taylor Kingrea, 9, is collecting signatures to declare the third Sunday in
July as National Kid's Day. "Parents should spend time with kids and do
what the kids enjoy...and let's not forget the presents," the Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, native's petition says.
Savannah, Georgia, police, fire and animal control officers rescued a woman
trapped in her home by a snapping turtle. The 12-inch reptile snapped at
her each time she tried to leave, officers said.
Millionaire Edward Seese left $4.5 million in scholarship money for C
students at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "He said
the B's and A's could get scholarships, but the C's would be left out in
the cold," Seese's lawyer Bill Leonard said.
© 1995 Peter Langston