Maggie received a bill from the hospital for her recent surgery, and was astonished to see a $900 fee for the anesthesiologist.
She called his office to demand an explanation. “Is this some kind of mistake?” Margie asked when she got the doctor on the phone.
“No, not at all,” the doctor said calmly. “Well,” said Margie, “that’s awfully costly for knocking someone out.”
“Not at all,” replied the doctor. “I knock you out for free. The 900 dollars is for bringing you back around.”
This was a story told to us by our chemistry master at school. A female student wished to make some potassium hydroxide solution (aqueous) and decided to throw a large lump of potassium into a bucket of water.
Her professor observed what she was about to do, out of the corner of his eye and hurried towards her, and after confirming this was what she was intending to do, asked her first to stir the water in the bucket for five minutes before adding the potassium.
She was puzzled and ran after him to ask the purpose of this action.
‘It will give me time to get away’ said the professor.