Excerpt From An Actual Conversation Held In My Office This Afternoon
me: (handing a file to co-worker) So, what's up with this client?
co-worker: Oh, this guy... he has scabies. And he probably gave them to me.
Quickly, I look up scabies on webmd.com.
me (reading aloud): Scabies is a very itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the outer layers of the skin.
co-worker: Shit, that's what I got.
co-worker number 2: It's a mite? It's not a parasite?
me: I don't know, this is what it says.
co-worker number 2: Go to wikipedia.org and look it up.
So, I do that. And find this, which I read aloud...
me: The mite prefers to live on the hands and feet, the buttocks, genitals...
co-worker possible infected with scabies: Oh, man. Those are my favorite parts.
And now we're all off to the drinking spot to celebrate a first trial win by yet another co-worker (who, to our knowledge, is not infected by anything).