I was reading your column with the guy who (erroneously) asked if ringworms evacuate the body while someone is under anesthesia- here’s the link (it’s at the bottom of the page): http://www.straightdope.com/columns/010119.html
You responded that ringworm is actually a fungus. While you are certainly correct, the guy probably meant Roundworm and not Ringworm. As one of the most prevalent parasites in the developing world, roundworm a big problem for people facing surgery, especially children- doctors generally have to deworm kids for several days before surgery. Roundworms don’t like high fevers either- they evacuate the quickest way possible. While the visual is certainly gross, it resembles spaghetti coming out of somebody’s nose- (hey, the guy asked…) Although, it should be noted that it is far more unpleasant for the person actually experiencing it, than for the witness!
I know this curious bit of info after spending two years in Africa in the Peace Corps.