African surgeons are often advised to treat hippo bites as a crushing injury rather than a penetration wound, due to the severity of damage to bones and internal organs. A majority of hippo attack survivors are left with a disability. Amputations are very common. academic.oup.com/omcr/art…
"The liver is the only solid internal organ capable of full regeneration. This means the remaining portion of your liver will grow back after surgery. As little as 30 percent of your liver can regrow to its original volume." lahey.org/lhmc/department…
Dairy cows accidentally eat so much metal waste that farmers feed them magnets to prevent internal organ damage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
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…
There was a global search to find a mate for Jeremy, a rare left-coiling snail. His shell coiled counterclockwise, the opposite direction of typical snails, so his sex organs could not align with others. After being rejected by other left-coiling snails, he would eventually find love. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The way a cat bares its front teeth and wrinkles its nose while smelling something is called the flehmen response, which helps draw the scent into its vomeronasal organ (extra olfactory organ above the roof of the mouth.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Everyone in Singapore above the age of 21 is automatically registered as an organ donor. Opting out from this Act will result in you being put at the very bottom of the organ priority list, should you need an organ transplantation. moh.gov.sg/policies-and-l…
Otter capable of killing and eat alligator by drastically wearing out the gator in the fight. The lactic acid build up in the body would intoxicate the gator, eventually killing it. The otter then rips the alligator hide off with its razor sharp claws and eats the gator organs. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Myrtle Corbin who was born with 4 legs, had two functioning sets of reproductive organs, and gave birth to 5 children carrying three on the right side and two on the left. It was reported she preferred intercourse on the right side. youtu.be/ng6t_Tj5tz0
Some tumors can contain pockets of hair, teeth & very rarely, grow more complex organs such as eyes, feet, hands as well as other limbs. link.springer.com/chapter…
When actor Liam Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, died in 2009, he donated her organs. Her heart, kidneys, and liver are keeping three people alive. independent.ie/woman/cele…
Sea cucumbers can defend themselves by rupturing their body wall and discharging the gut and internal organs at an attacker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
In 2005, a woman bought a hamster, contracted LCM from it, and died from stroke. Her organs were donated and transplanted into four people, three of which also died from the disease. They contracted it from the infected organ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lym…
The first pipe organ was made 2200 years ago by Greek engineer Ctesibius of Alexandria, making pipe organs 200 years older than Christianity. They weren't adopted by the church until 1000 years later, when Charlemagne requested one for his private chapel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Today I learned about the preserved body of Xin Zhui, a Chinese noblewoman who died in 163 BC. Her body was preserved in an unknown fluid, with skin soft and moist. Her muscles still allowed for arms and legs to flex at the joints, with all organs and blood vessels intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin…
Today I learned about Adolfo Constanzo, a drug dealer/serial killer/"dark wizard." An ally of Mexican cartels, Constanzo used the organs of his victims as ingredients for his spells and rituals, eventually becoming the leader of his own gang/cult known as The Narcosatanists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
When a 30-yr-old woman in Canada was shot in her left breast, her silicone breast implant deflected the bullet away from her vital organs; her injuries were only broken ribs and damaged implants. It's the first recorded incident of a breast implant deflecting a bullet. cnn.com/2020/04/21/americ…
Hysteria was believed to be a condition that only women could experience and that it was caused by the uterus wandering around the body and putting pressure on other organs (like the lungs) mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
Organs are not only older than pianos, but have existed as early as ancient Greece and required multiple people to play them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
The worlds largest pipe organ is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is also the loudest musical instrument ever constructed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa…
Cats have a second β€œnose” located in the roof of their mouth, called the vomeronasal organ to pick up pheromones for social, mating and territorial information. purina.co.uk/cats/key-lif…
H. P. Lovecraft once snuck into the organ loft of the First Baptist Church in America, the church founded in Providence by Roger Williams himself in 1638, to play "Yes, We Have No Bananas" on the organ. However, he wasn't able to turn it on. hplovecraft.com/creation/…
Today I learned of the Pig Organ, an musical instrument that produces sound from pigs by poking them. Created as a response to a challenge by King Louis XI. Pigs were sorted according to size and tone which when spiked would produce a harmony or melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Toothed whales developed asymmetric skulls to help with ecolocation. In most toothed whales, the internal organs in the skull are squashed into the left side to make way for soft tissues which help them to echolocate. nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2…
The teen who sold a kidney for an iPhone is now attached to a dialysis machine. He suffered organ failure, and is likely to be bedridden for life after suffering renal deficiency. He could get a transplant for $336,000 AUD on the black market - more than 80 times what he received for his kidney. vice.com/en_au/article/bj…
The first female American astronaut Sally Ride was a respected astrophysicist and a top athlete. However, before her flight, she fielded questions such as "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?", "Do you weep when things go wrong?" and "Will you become a mother?" from the US media. people.com/archive/cover-…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
Today I learned about the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a 3.5 acre pipe organ inside a cavern in Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Koro is a culture-bound syndrome delusional disorder in which an individual has an overpowering belief that his or her sex organs are retracting and will disappear, despite the lack of any true longstanding changes to the genitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
An ancient effigy was recently discovered beneath an English church's pipe organ. It is the oldest alabaster effigy of a priest discovered in the UK. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In Singapore, people who opt-out of donating their organs are put on a lower priority to receive an organ transplant than those who did not opt-out. singaporelegaladvice.com/…
Humans have a Vomeronasal organ (Jacobson's organ) but humans have no Phlemen response because genes that encode the receptors have mutated beyond function ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
, to avert meat shortages during WWII, the US government hired a team of scientists (including anthropologist Margaret Mead) to encourage Americans to eat organ meats. The team rebranded organs as "variety meats" and produced cookbooks and classes to teach Americans to use them theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Musician Louis Jordan recorded one of the first "raps" in popular music, pioneered the use of electric guitar and electronic organ, made a candidate for the first rock and roll record, and "presaged virtually all of the dominant black music styles of the 1950s and 1960s." cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
Cotard's delusion, also known as walking corpse syndrome or Cotard's syndrome, is a rare mental disorder in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are dead, do not exist, are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Today I learned about Cotard’s syndrome, or the β€œwalking corpse” syndrome, is a rare mental disorder. People with this condition believe that they are either dead, dying, have lost organs, or don’t exist at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
The Valere Basilica in Switzerland houses the world's oldest playable pipe organ, built ca. 1435. Twelve pipes and most of the case are original (the other pipes have been replaced in later restorations). The arrangement of the pipes form the outline of a church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In the USA the proportion of organ donor transplants involving drug (fentanyl primarily) over-dose donors rose from 1.1% in 2000 to 14.2% in 2017 (and in Delaware half of all heart transplants in 2018 came from drug overdose donors). tctmd.com/news/these-are-…
The phrase β€œpull out all the stops” derives from pipe organs. Organ stops, the knobs around the organ console, are pulled or pushed to control whether or not a section of pipes produce sound, and consequently the volume. When you need to play an organ at full volume, you pull out all the stops. thetabernaclechoir.org/ar…
Today I learned about Teddy Houlston, the world's youngest organ donor. Born with a terminal condition, Teddy lived for only 100 minutes. Teddy's donated kidneys saved the life of an adult with renal failure. prideofbritain.com/histor…
Arctic ground squirrels' body temperatures drop as low as -2.9C, the lowest measured in any mammal, and their major organs slow while others shut down entirely. They awaken in the midwinter to heat up to make sure they don’t get any colder. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa ("red beard") drowned on the way to the Third Crusade. His son wanted to bury him in Jerusalem, but didn't succeed in preserving the body in vinegar. Hence, his flesh was buried in Antioch, his bones in Tyre, and his heart and inner organs in Tarsus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about cytomegalovirus, a virus that almost every adult has that stays with you for life, has mild symptoms or is asymptomatic, and can wreak havoc on the body under conditions of immune suppression such as chemo or organ transplant. health.harvard.edu/a_to_z…
Cats have an extra scent organ called the Jacobson's organ (vomeronasal sac) behind their teeth in the roof of their mouth. That's why they open their mouth when smelling sometimes. canidae.com/blog/2016/08/…
With an estimated 8,000 nerve endings, the clitoris is the only human organ that exists solely for pleasure nbcnews.com/better/lifest…
There is a chicken breed with black skin, bones, and organs! amusingplanet.com/2014/08…
The Philippines has a pink sand beach recognized as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Grasshoppers hear through an organ called the tympanum, which is located in its abdomen. Their ability to pin point where a sound is coming from rivals that of a human. animals.mom.com/how-do-gr…
For every 200 million sperm in each human ejaculation, 2 million make it into the cervix, 1 million make it into the uterus, 10,000 make it to the top of the organ, 5,000 enter the uterotubal junction, 1000 enter the Fallopian tube, 200 reach the egg and only 1 enters the egg to fertilize it. gizmodo.com/what-happens-…

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