Just another instance of how perfume (and leisure reading!) makes me smarter and helps me with vet school:
I was just reading through my Large Animal Internal Medicine book, an article on "Choke and Esophageal Disorders" when I came across this sentence: "Objects such as potatoes, apples, or mangels may be swallowed whole or in chunks too large to pass the entire esophagus, especially in cattle."
My initial reaction: WTF? Lucky for my profs and the authors of this book, I have read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, so I KNOW what a mangel is (a beet!).
I took pause and did a quick internet dictionary search to see if they could have possibly meant something else, nope, probably not.
Beet it is. Or mangel. Weird.
Good thing I have an obsession with good perfume and perfume stories, otherwise my schooling might have stalled right there and then, on that unexpected word.
I feel like I should write Tom Robbins and thank him for saving my career. :)