Dear Dr. Neferbath,
I know you are not a veterinarian, but maybe you can help me, anyway? It's Rudolph's nose. It's
red, but not so bright as to glow and be useful to me. Could you either, er, brighten it, or make it normal?
He's such a showoff and the other reindeer aren't happy about it.
Jolly Saint Nick
kindly Dr. Neferbath remembers a trip to Finnland where he was served reindeer steaks, and would
understand your poor reindeer wanting to blend into the scenery a bit better. The Doctor fears that
showoff thing won't last all that long.
It is possible
that the nasal redness is caused by a bit of a tipple now and then, and so perhaps if you hide
the egg nog and the rum, you'll be happier. Does he ever fly into walls?
If you would, on
the other hand, prefer his proboscis brightly glowing, so you can find your way through the
smog and dark of night, you may wish to make your first stop on your itinerary Chernobyl. The Doctor is
given to understand that the region still glows.
By the way, when
you reach my establishment on the Nile, you can leave me some 24 carat gold and, oh, perhaps
the Hope Diamond.
Neferbath: Dear ole Santa is beginning to show his age, and his cholesterol and blood
pressure are way up there. Any suggestions?
~~ Rudolph the Red
Time to hide the cookies and butter on him! Dr. Neferbath suggests one of you reindeer go down
the chimney first, and snarf up any goodies left for him. And, that way if one of you gets stuck,
there are always seven reindeer left, and the homeowners can have an extra bonus of reindeer
steaks for their freezer. Or for the doctor, when he comes calling again.
Dear Dr. Neferbath,
Dear Inkompotep: (Mind if I get familiar?) I'm a time traveller, and I need to know what sorts of
medical supplies I should bring with me into the past. I don't want to carry anything that would
look suspicious, but I do want to use something a bit more efficient and appealing than, say,
the local mouse dung.
Jane Doe, Time Traveller
Neferbath recommends a nice tricorder, if you have one of them in your culture, and then you
can just be done with it. They're cell-phone sized and have their own internal power supply,
and at least you can then do diagnostics. He understands that if you are riding calvary your fellow
horsemen will look at you askance if you use it while driving. The Doctor hears tell that this inattention to
where your horse is going can cause accidents -- but on the other hand tricorders were made for
accidental aftermaths, as it were.
Ah, but you
may not come from a culture that has tricorders. The good Doctor recommends you bring
bandaids and lots of aspirin. Willow bark just doesn't cut it. Find the local source of
hooch for anaesthesia.
best bet is to stay home and rent a movie. But if you find yourself in ancient Egypt, the Doctor remarks
that he is a purveyer of the finest mouse dung around.