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September 08, 2009

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Decca Aitkenhead's interview with novelist Douglas Coupland - in London to promote Generation A: A Novel - is introduced with a story that says more to me about Canadian health care than it does about synaesthesia. Follow the link for context, the following is for illustrative shock value.

Twenty years ago, Douglas Coupland was at work when he sneezed. It was December, he recalls, and snowing hard, and it was the biggest sneeze he'd ever had in his life. "And there was this thing, like an entity, in my hand – the size, colour and shape of a really big green grape. And I freaked – what the fuck is that? It had veins on it, like it was an evil alien." He went to his doctor, who had a look inside Coupland's nose and said, "Oh well, it's not inside of you any more. It seems all clear up there now."

Welcome to the world of socialized health care.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 8, 2009 07:14 AM