Today I learned of Sam Ballard, who became quadriplegic after swallowing a slug on a dare and contracted rat lungworm disease. A rat first coughs up, swallows, and poops out larvae. Slugs eat the poop. After humans eat slug, the larvae dig out of the intestine, travel up the spine, and burrow into the brain. vice.com/en/article/d3bg9…
Gut fermentation syndrome (called auto-brewery syndrome) is a rare disorder in which intestines produce ethanol from carbohydrates. If you have this disease, you're drunk all the time. vice.com/en/article/3b7dz…
In 2014, Civil War soldier Alonzo Cushing was awarded the Medal of Honor. Commanding an artillery battery against Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, Cushing was disemboweled by a shell fragment. Holding in his intestines, Cushing continued giving orders until he was shot in the head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alo…
Casu martzu is a cheese that contains live maggots, which can survive stomach acid in the intestine, leading to pseudomyiasis, where the maggot grows and feeds on the stomach's live tissue. Diners have to hold their hands above the cheese when eating it, to stop the maggots jumping out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned of the kappa, a water imp in Japanese folklore famous for sneaking up peoples intestines through the anus in order to steal their livers and shirikodama, an organ believed to plug the anus; however, you can repel a kappa by farting at them. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Researchers deduce that the appendix is designed to protect good bacteria in the gut. That way, when the gut is affected by a bout of diarrhea or other illness that cleans out the intestines, the good bacteria in the appendix can repopulate the digestive system and keep you healthy. webmd.com/digestive-disor…
Today I learned of Feculent Vomiting, in which a person vomits up fecal contents. It is can occur when the bowel is obstructed and as the intestines try to contract, it pushes the feces back up the esophageal tract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fec…
Hagfish can eat by simply sitting inside a corpse and absorbing nutrients directly through their skin and gills. Their skin is actually more efficient at absorbing nutrients than their own intestines. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Goldfish don't have stomachs. Their intestines are used to break down food and absorb nutrients. Because of this, food can't be stored for a long time or in large amounts. thegoldfishtank.com/goldf…
Early airships like the Zeppelins were made using hundreds of thousands of cow intestines to contain the hydrogen gas pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/f…
Today I learned about Salma Bashir, a girl whose intestines were sucked out of her body in a swimming pool, and now lives without her gallbladder and large and small intestines youtube.com/watch?v=GXHYO…
There is a company attempting to heal aging and noise-related permanent hearing loss by utilizing the same regenerative properties naturally found in our intestines biospace.com/article/rele…
When Cato the Younger attempted suicide in secret to avoid capture by Caesar, his sword missed any vital organs, slicing open his stomach. When he awoke to a doctor stitching him up, Cato pushed him away, tore out his intestines with his bare hands, and died on the spot. classics.mit.edu/Plutarch…
Hippos will spray their poop using their tails in order to mark their territory. Since baby hippos' intestines are sterile, they eat their mother's feces in order to mark their territory as well. technology.org/2018/12/05…
George Clooney was in talks to play Nick Fury in the early '00s but pulled out after reading a Garth Ennis comic book in which Fury strangled a man with his own intestines businessinsider.com/georg…
A rectovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the lower portion of your large intestine and your vagina. Bowel contents can leak through the fistula, allowing gas or stool to pass through your vagina. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The intestines (Goldbeater’s skins) of 250,000-450,000 cows where needed to build one WW1 Zeppelin. improbable.com/2013/10/28…
Today I learned of Stacy Lim, a police officer who survived a direct shot to the chest. The bullet nicked the base of her heart, her diaphragm, liver, intestine, and shattered her spleen. She's been ambushed by her car, and still killed the shooter. She resumed work 8 months later. policeone.com/officer-saf…
Condoms were used internationally for hundreds of years, in China, oiled silk paper was the material of choice, while the Japanese favored tortoise shell we Brits opted for animal intestine... maxim.com/.amp/maxim-man/…
Armadillos can cross streams or rivers either by inflating their intestines to float or by simply holding their breath and walking across the bottom. floridamuseum.ufl.edu/sci…
The reason beans actually give you gas is because of a sugar found in beans called oligosaccharide that the body cannot fully break down. When these sugars move into the small intestine, they produce excess gas. verywellhealth.com/why-do…
Taste receptors are found not only on the human tongue but in our stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, brain, and testicles where receptors can sense sweet and umami flavors. businessinsider.com/taste…
The first animal balloons were made by Aztecs around year 1300, using real animal intestines; stomachs and bladders were also used. The intestines would be cleaned, sealed, filled with air and twisted to make dog and donkey shapes. These balloons were used as a sacrifice for gods. zephyrsolutions.com/origi…
The oldest condoms ever found were made from animal and fish intestines. One particular example found in Sweden was crafted from pig intestine, and is thought to have been made around 1640 AD. condomdepot.com/condom-in…
Seahorses don’t have stomachs, just intestines for the absorption of nutrients from food. As such, food passes through their digestive system rapidly and they must eat almost constantly. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Today I learned of Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez. He had 37 puncture wounds, exposed intestine, broken jaw, and eyes caked in blood. He was pronounced dead until he spit in the face of a doctor who was zipping him up in a body bag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Archaebacteria, which are among the earliest known forms of life on Earth, are found abundantly in our intestines, and without them, there would probably be no human life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Sundae is a type of blood sausage in Korean cuisine. It is a popular street food in both North and South Korea, generally made by steaming cow or pig's intestines stuffed with various ingredients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
When your stomach growls it's just your intestines moving food normally, and usually the growl is covered up by food in the stomach now.tufts.edu/articles/wh…
Compared with hunter-gatherers, industrialized peoples’ intestines have fewer kinds of microbesβ€”and are missing at least one major group of ancient bacteria. Yet even with all of these extra microbes, hunter-gatherers have fewer gut ailments, such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, and colon cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
The intestines of 250,000 cows were used to make the inner lining of every Zeppelin independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Condoms were used in one form (including animal intestines...) or another for over 400 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about Endometriosis. An excruciatingly painful condition in which uterine tissue is shed and grows on intestines, chest, bladder and elsewhere. That tissue goes through the same process during menstruation, which means the tissue sheds, bleeds, and causes inflammation anywhere it has attached. utswmed.org/medblog/endom…
A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. A person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression due to gastrointestinal (GI) system and brain connections. health.harvard.edu/diseas…
The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), and were made from animal and fish intestines. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Dilbert (the comic) had a vegan breakfast burrito tie-in called the Dilberito. Adam's declared "three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail". Introduced in 1999 it ended production in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dil…
There is a common misconception that violin snares would be made of cat intestines, due to the fact that the sheep's intestines (cattle gut) that were actually used a long time ago got abbreviated to "catgut". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Today I learned of Lyuba, the most well preserved Wooly Mammoth in the world. He skin and organs are in perfect condition, and scientists found her mother's milk in her stomach, along with feces in her intestines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyu…
When Charles II died the autopsy stated that his body "did not contain a single drop of blood; his heart was the size of a peppercorn; his lungs corroded; his intestines rotten and gangrenous; he had a single testicle, black as coal, and his head was full of water." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
50%β€”80% of your poop (excluding water) is bacteria that had been living in your intestines. Many of the bacteria in poop are still alive, but some are deadβ€”carcasses of species that bloomed as they fed on the indigestible plant matter you consumed, then died shortly afterward. vox.com/2015/1/22/7871579…
The gas cells of early zeppelins were made from cow intestines. It took two hundred and fifty thousand cows to make one airship. During WW1, Germany and its allies ceased production of sausages so that there would be enough cow guts to make zeppelins. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Dogs and cats can literally tear out their own intestines if you don't leave that cone on after they're spayed. northtownvethospital.com/…
Cows are fed magnets that stay in their stomach for life to collect metal objects like nails or barbed wire that the cow will occasionally eat, thus preventing the objects from getting stuck in their intestines and causing "hardware disease" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The equivalents of the English saying "That's Greek to me" are "This appears to be Spanish" (German), "This is Russian to me" (Dutch), "It's German to me" (Philippines), "It's Hebrew" (Finnish), "It's Chinese to me" (Hebrew), "Sounds like Mars language/These are chicken intestines" (China). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The ancient Greeks and Romans used Sugar (in cane form) as medicine. It was dissolved in water to treat the intestines and stomach, and taken to help relieve pain in the bladder and kidneys. They imported it from India and Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Toads throw up their entire stomach if they’ve eaten something nasty. They clean it with only their right hand because their stomach is connected to their intestines with a shorter membrane on one side. Thus, the stomach hangs out to the right of the toad and the left hand can’t reach it. discovermagazine.com/1996…
The oldest condoms ever found were made from animal and fish intestines and date back to the 1640s condomdepot.com/condom-in…
Borborygmi is the sound that gas makes as it moves through the intestines. It can occur when you're hungry, but it can also happen after meals verywellhealth.com/what-i…
The facehugger in the 1979 film Alien was made of a sheep's intestine and shot out of the egg using high-pressure air hoses. For the scene in which the dead facehugger is examined, they used pieces of fish and shellfish to create its viscera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
A traditional Roman dish called La Pajata is made with the unemptied intestines of an unweaned week old calf. They are often served with tomato sauce and rigatoni. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…

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