Vinyl and Lyme Disease

Whether you enjoyed the premiere of Vinyl as the folks at Rolling Stone did or hated it like the folks at The New Yorker, you were no doubt left wondering whether that reference to Lyme disease about halfway through the episode rang true. The reference occurs when Bobby Cannavale’s character, Richie Finestra, visits the home of radio personality (or lack thereof) Frank “Buck” Rogers, played by Andrew “Dice” Clay. It’s late when Finestra arrives, and by way of apology, he explains that he had to drive all the way from Connecticut to visit Rogers. Rogers replies by castigating Finestra and his ilk for living boring lives and worrying about catching Lyme disease. The problem, however, is that the show is set in 1973.* And although the oldest known human with Lyme disease is a 5300-year-old mummy, the disease did not earn its name until 1975 when a cluster of cases of what looked like rheumatoid arthritis broke out in and around Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. So Rogers was right to pinpoint Connecticut as a hotbed of concern regarding Lyme disease, but he was a couple of years early with his reference. An anachronism? Maybe. Or maybe we’re going to find out that he’s a fictionalized version of Jeanne Dixon.

*In fact, one of the major real-life events that occurs on the show is the collapse of the Mercer Arts Center, which happened on August 3, 1973, a historic date if ever there was one.


This man does not worry about Lyme disease.

The Land of Nod

Just doing some Christmas shopping when I stumbled upon a shop called The Land of Nod, which sells children’s furniture.

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It’s an odd name for a children’s furniture store, considering that Nod is where Cain was exiled after killing Abel in the Book of Genesis.

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Makes one wonder what the store’s slogan is and whether it mentions fratricide.

(The only reason I knew this bit of information, by the way, is that it was a question in a deck of Bible trivia cards that my high school religion teacher used for the purpose of running out the clock when I was freshman, way back in 1987. Curiously, it’s the only fact I remember from that class.)