…And the Far-Flung Islets of Langerhans

This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I didn’t get to it. Which is a good thing, because among the last-minute stragglers were donations that allowed me to add Belgium and Luxembourg to the list.

This is the roster of locations from which gifts originated in last week’s Spring Fundraiser:

Stateside: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming

Near Abroad: Mexico

Far Abroad: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the UK

Canada: British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Saskatchewan

Australia: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia

Once again, our gratitude to all those whose generous contributions keep this website going. There were so many of you: lots of modest donations from individual readers, the essence of crowdfunding.

The thank-you notes are already going out, but it will take a while longer before they’re done — a happy task if ever there was one.

5 thoughts on “…And the Far-Flung Islets of Langerhans

  1. That’s an obscure reference, Baron. I had to wade through Google references to a pharmacy (also selling shoes) to find the disease. Sounds nasty…

    • What sounds “nasty” about the Islets of Langerhans? I’ve even used the term in a poem to my doctor. He was amused.


      As I told him at the time, it was fortunate the researcher wasn’t named Dumkopf (they name these obscure body parts after the person who discovered them).

      That wiki has pretty pictures, too.

    • It’s actually a quote from the Firesign Theatre, from the album How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All, ca. 1970. Except they used the world “Isles”, which is incorrect, so I changed it.

      • Dangnabit, Baron. Make them work for the punch line!

        DC: It wasn’t always like that . . .

        JOE: No. First they had to come from towns with strange names like . . .

        EDDIE: Smegma!

        DC: Spasmodic!

        EDDIE: Frog!

        JOE: And the far-flung Isles of Langerhans.

        BABE: But who were they?

        JOE & EDDIE: They were small, angry men with hairy faces and burning feet… We was running away from Poverty, Intolerance, the Army and the Law … and the Army …

        DC: And we took to them!

        EDDIE: And they took to us!

        DC: And what do you think they took?

        CHANTING CHORUS: Oil from Canada! Gold from Mexico! Geese from their neighbor’s back yard! Boom, boom! Corn from the Indians! Tobacco from the Indians! Dakota from the Indians! New Jersey from the Indians! New Hampshire from the Indians! New England from the Indians! New Delhi from the Indians! …

        BABE: Indonesia for the Indonesians!

        NOTE: Then again, having seen Firesign Theater perform live a few different times probably explains more than a little of my personal weirdness.

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