I was chatting with a friend the day before my MRI appointment. She’d done an MRI before, so I asked her what it was like.

“Make sure you empty your pockets of everything, as well as jewellery.”

“Ok. What happens if I don’t?”

“The magnet is super powerful. It’ll get stuck.”

“I wonder what’ll happen if I forget to take off my earrings.”

“Ooooh might rip out the earlobe.”


She was probably joking, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. I didn’t want to come out of the appointment with two bloody holes on the sides of my head. An injured leg and no ears. I might as well be a seal. Besides, without any ears, how would I wear my sunglasses?

The next day, as I was sitting in the waiting room, I carefully removed all my jewellery and kept them in my bag. After a few minutes, a smiling radiographer stuck her head out of the room and called my name.

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Frau Limpalot

Back in 2006, DreamWorks released “Flushed Away”, an animated movie about the adventures of a pampered society mouse who gets flushed down the toilet into the sewers of London. In that movie, there was a scene involving two slugs in the sewers, running for their lives to escape impending danger. (I use the term “running” very loosely here). At first, the slugs are seen to be crawling at great speed, but when the camera pans out, the audience sees that the slugs have barely moved an inch. I remember laughing when I saw it back then. (Again, I use the phrase “camera pans out” very loosely here, given that it is an animated movie).

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