Links for Wednesday, October 17, 2018: TV's first drug ad, does mold really make us sick? and big-ass Canadian pumpkins

Behold: the first television drug ad in the US

It was taken down after 48 hours. And now the US is one of only two countries worldwide to allow direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs.

Science has yet to prove that mold makes us sick

I grew up in a farmhouse that was originally an in-ground house and, well, you know how this ends. The basement, which was originally just called “the house,” leaked like a sieve. This led to chronic, unrelenting nighttime exposure to mold in the nooks and crannies of the place. I never felt like it made me sick, but relatives tell me it makes them feel bad. It’s a bummer that medicine can’t tell them whether they’re wrong or right.

 Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Canadians (Canadians!) are racing to grow their first one-ton pumpkin

In my day, we were happy with an orange decorative guord that you could hold in your hands and gently disembowel for purposes of internal illumination. We didn’t want anything to do with these monsters that gain 50 pounds a day to deform under their own weight and need a forklift for transportation. But I do admire they’re trying to do it a different way:

“…weights in the United States and Europe have long passed 2,000 pounds. In Canada, where regulations prohibit some of the chemicals used elsewhere, they have yet to hit this mark. Getting there has become a point of national pride.”

FYI: Pumpkinnook.com tells me the current world record is owned by German Mathia Willemijn at 2,624.6 lbs in October, 2016:

 Pumpkinnook.com

Pumpkinnook.com