Noninvasive spinal stimulation enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands. A team of scientists reports that six people with severe spinal cord injuries β€” three of them completely paralyzed β€” have regained use of their hands and fingers newsroom.ucla.edu/release…
Scientists were able to partially restore function to the legs of a paralyzed rat by implanting asparagus between the severed ends of the spinal cord ted.com/talks/andrew_pell…
Today I learned about 'Testicular Tortion' - A twisting of the male organ that makes hormones and sperm (testicle). When the testicle rotates (testicular torsion), it twists the cord supplying blood to the loose bag of skin (scrotum) beneath the penis. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
The Vanuatu tribe in the South Pacific uses a form of bungee jumping as a rite of passage but instead of bungee cords, vines are used and some people do the feat at age 5. cnn.com/travel/article/va…
Boosting is a banned technique used by athletes with spinal cord injuries, in which they deliberately cause stress or injury to their lower body. This causes their blood pressure and heart rate to increase, resulting in enhanced performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Pregnant women have a third labor after the baby is out. Then the woman pushed out the placenta attached to umbilical cord. This is known as placenta delivery healthline.com/health/pre…
The earliest known example of telephone technology in the Western Hemisphere was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago by the Chimu people of Peru. It's comprised of two gourds connected by a 75-foot cotton-twine cord, similar to the soup-can phones children make today. It's in the Smithsonian. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Adam's apple is actually caused by the bulging of a set of cartilage plates that are held together by tissues and muscle fibers, which protects vocal cords. Women have them, too, but the bulge is more prominent in men for two reasons: testosterone causes the larynx to grow rapidly during puberty oprah.com/health/debunkin…
ChiChi is a dish created in prisons that has spread across the US. It consists of Ramen, Cheese, Rice, Beans, Honey, BBQ sauce, which are all items found in most commissaries and is cooked using an extension cord connected to nail clippers. Most prisons have created there own unique recipe video.whyy.org/video/frid…
Today I learned about the possibility of treating "untreatable" spinal cord injuries using spinal cord implants derived from asparagus. pellinglab.net/post/andre…
There are kinky spiders who tie up their lovers with silken cords before and during sex to avoid getting eaten and to extend their mating time. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The speed of electrical signals in our body varies greatly depending on the type of signal. Signals carried by neurons that link the spinal cord to the muscles can travel at 156 to 270 miles per hour while signals carried on the fibres of pain receptors travel at 1.1 to 4.4 miles per hour. earthsky.org/human-world/…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
English has a subtle stress pattern to identify the Noun or Verb in a related word. For example Record; *Re*cord (N) and Re*cord* ; *Con*tract (N) and Con*Tract* (V) ; *Re*fuse (N) and Re*fuse*. onestopenglish.com/ask-th…
Early 1900, school slates were made from flat sheet of black slate, framed in wood, and edged with yarn wrapped with cord. Those special edges softened the noise if the hard slate clattered against a student’s wooden desk. Therefore, it is called a β€œquiet slate.” motal.org/writing-slate.h…
There is a non-profit organization that trains capuchin monkeys to be service animals for people with spinal cord injuries. monkeyhelpers.org
Today I learned of Michael Patterson, a man who jumped into a creek to save a drowning four-year-old girl. He ended up severing his spinal cord during the rescue and paralyzing both of his legs and one of his arms. He also suffered other injuries. He later died in hospital. today.com/news/good-samar…
Today I learned of a Light Bulb that has been burning for over 100 hundred years. It hangs on a cord from the ceiling of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department’s Fire Station #6, and it has been burning since 1901 mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In Beijing, extension cords are passed through windows and doors to charge EV, known as "fly line". Page 18 a comical approach to the charging dilemma energypolicy.columbia.edu…
The Japanese Fire-bellied Newts are able to regenerate body parts including the limbs, the tail and spinal cord, parts of the eye (such as the retina and the lens), the brain, the heart and the jaws. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
After a long legal battle between Apple and The Beatles’ Apple Records, an Apple employee created the iconic Mac start up sound, which bears a significant resemblance to the last cord in β€œA day in the life” by the Beatles, and he called it Sosumi, taunting the Beatles, saying β€œSo sue me” reekes.net/sosumi-story-m…
The aux cord was invented in 1877 for telephone operators to transfer calls wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_…
The song, St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion), features members of REO Speedwagon, Toto and Mr. Mister, and even though was the main track of the film, it was really in honor of a wheelchair athlete named Rich Hansen, and his β€œMan In Motion” spinal cord inhury awareness campaign. insidehook.com/article/mu…
In cases of spinal injury emergency doctors may check for the 'bulbocavernosus reflex' where they squeeze head of the penis or the clitoris while their finger is inside the anus to check for contraction of the anal sphincter. Absence of this reflex indicates spinal cord damage pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
The Incas did not have a written language, instead they used colourful knotted cords called Quipu to record numbers and archives such as census data and storehouse records. They had up to a thousand unique strands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
The enteric nervous system (nervous system around gastrointestinal system) can act as the body's second brain and can work independently of the brain and spinal cord. news.flinders.edu.au/blog…
A leopard gecko's tail houses much of its spinal cord; when grabbed, it detaches, a blood clot forms, radial glia (RG) cells multiply & regrow a tail. Humans lose RGs as adults & scar tissue would block RGs. Scientists believe RGs & bypassing scar tissue are keys to human spinal cord healing. popsci.com/gecko-tail-reg…
While Erin Langworthy was bungee jumping 360 feet above the Zambezi river, the cord broke and she was forced to swim the raging waters with her feet tied together, at one point diving to free the rope from debris. news.nationalpost.com/new…
Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman, Claude Rains, and Herbert Marshall all served in the London Scottish Regiment in World War I. All won medals for valor, and all but Rathbone were wounded. Rains got his trademark husky voice because his vocal cords had been paralyzed in a poison gas attack. sistercelluloid.com/2015/…
Mothers and their children often exchange cells through the umbilical cord during pregnancy. Embryonic stem cells can remain in the mother long after birth, becoming specialized cells such as neurons while remaining genetically distinct from the mother’s genome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
You don’t really need your brain to walk. You can still walk - with appropriate support - after a spinal cord injury using a process known as spinal locomotion which can proceed independently from your brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
While sliding down the pole in "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis lost the cap off of a tooth. It was discovered that he had aspirated the cap and that it had lodged in his lung. It was successfully removed by a surgeon, who parted his vocal cords to retrieve it movies.elvispresley.com.a…
In a sneeze, high velocity of the airflow is achieved by the buildup of pressure inside the chest with the vocal chords closed. Sudden opening of the cords allows the pressurized air to flow back up the respiratory tract to expel the irritants scientificamerican.com/ar…
GravityLight is an LED light powered by a bag filled with 20 lbs of rocks or earth, attached to a cord, which slowly descends and powers the light for up to 20 minutes & takes only seconds to reset. Intended as a replacement for kerosene lamps in the developing world it has no operating costs npr.org/2013/01/18/169708…
A piano wire is inserted to 'disable' the spinal cords of a live fish so it does not 'jump' during preparation youtu.be/HoPTTVkL6s0
Today I learned about the concept of vocal hygiene, a body of procedures for avoiding stress to the vocal cords to maintain a healthy voice. uiowa.edu/voice-academy/v…
We harvest "cord blood" from umbilical cords to harvest stem cells. eurostemcell.org/cord-blo…
Botox is used to treat spasticity. Spasticity can occur in a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), genetic and metabolic conditions. childrens.health.qld.gov.…
Today I learned about Chris Lemons, a oil rig diver, who survived for nearly 40 minutes under water after his umbilical cord was cut during an accident. With him he had a emergency air tank with approximately 5 minutes of air telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Professional skydiver Luke Aikins was the first person to skydive and land safely without a parachute or wingsuit. On July 30, 2016, he jumped from an aircraft at 25,000 feet. After about two minutes of freefall, he landed in a 100x100 ft polyethylene cord net. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
That the human stomach has more nerve endings than the spinal cord, giving a bit more meaning to gut feeling. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut after childbirth so that the baby is left attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus. This usually occurs within 3–10 days after birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot…
Nixon's AG,J.Mitchell tried to hide details of Watergate break-in from his outspoken wife, Martha. exFBI "pulled the phone cord from the wall. She was held against her will in California hotel room & forcefully sedated by psychiatrist after physical struggle with five men";accused of drunkenness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1963, Brian Blessed saw a woman in labour in a park. She recognised him from Z Cars and said "please Mr. Blessed, I'm having a baby", he not only delivered the baby but he bit through the umbilical cord bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
A man tried to bungee jump off a 70-foot bridge in Virginia. He made his own 70-foot bungee cord by tying several bungee chords together. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that bungee chords stretch, and died. mpora.com/multi-sport/the…
The Great British Knot Experiment found that cords have a much smaller chance of tangling when their ends are tied together to form a loop. The result has also been used by pharmacologists to control microscopic loops in DNA and viruses. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
NASA has a detailed set of written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary. nbcnews.com/id/17300028/n…
Mariah Carey has had nodules on her vocal cords her entire life and uses them to her advantage. telegraph.co.uk/culture/m…
In 2008 a South African man bungee jumped from 100ft, using a cord made only of 18,500 condoms recordsetter.com/world-re…
The creator of Kwanzaa tortured 2 black women by beating them with an electrical cord, placing a hot soldering iron in their mouth, and putting one of their toes in a vise. Happy Kwanzaa! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…

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