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Cannabis can cure eczema and psoriasis but the law says tick to the steroids or else

If you suffer from eczema and psoriasis, researchers at the University of Colorado have encouraging news: a compound of cannabis could alleviate your ordeal. The paper’s lead researcher, Dr Robert Dellavalle, says: “There’s a large segment of the population that doesn’t like using steroids, even if they are topical steroids on their skin. [CBD] could be an alternative, natural product for them to try.”

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s non-psychoactive. It is not addictive. In 2016, the UK regulatory body the MHRA said CBD was a medicine, meaning anyone wishing to offer it legally in the country should secure a licence. UK law decrees that cannabis possesses no therapeutic value. Sell it without a licence and place yourself in danger of arrest for possession. In short: do not help yourself. If you think CBD helps salve your flaky skin and itchy lesions, know that it doesn’t. Be told.

But the evidence is gathering.

Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University tells MailOnline: ‘There is emerging evidence that chemicals within cannabis might offer potential health benefits. But we will need more than one research trial to be done before we can say whether this works of not.”

In the meanwhile, keep smearing on the steroids. According to the NHS:

Side effects of steroid tablets can include:

indigestion or heartburn
increased appetite, which could lead to weight gain
difficulty sleeping
changes in mood and behaviour, such as feeling irritable or anxious
an increased risk of infections – especially chickenpox, shingles and measles
high blood sugar or diabetes
weakening of the bones (osteoporosis)
high blood pressure
Cushing’s syndrome – symptoms such as thin skin that bruises easily, stretch marks on the thighs, and fat deposits in the face
eye conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts
mental health problems, such as depression or suicidal thoughts

You’re in discomfort. You want to try a treatment with negligible side-effects. But the State says you can’t try cannabis on pain of law.  The drugs policy is cracked. Whose body is it: yours or theirs?

Posted: 17th, March 2018 | In: News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Woman takes first breath after double lung transplant (video)

Doctors often misdiagnose conditions. Jennifer Jones had been told over and over that her suffering was down to allergies and asthma. But, as ABC 6 News reports, after Jennifer gave birth, medical realised she had had Cystic Fibrosis for years. Something had to be done.

“Last year in October she went in and it was getting so bad they put her on oxygen full time,” said Jennifer’s fiancé, Rob Ronnenberg.Jennifer was put on a transplant list for new lungs in June, which is when things really got bad. In mid-October Jennifer’s lung function was a little over 10%.

But good news was headed their way.

“The nurse comes in the room and says hey you’re going to get a phone call and then the phone rang and we’re like okay, that’s never happened so what’s going on? Well, all of a sudden she goes are you for real, are you serious? Is this really happening? And that was it that was the call,” Rob said.

Jennifer was given a double lung transplant. Now watch as he takes her first breath:


Spotter: Twisted Sifter

Posted: 14th, February 2018 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Master embroiderer performs wing transplant on Monarch butterfly

Romy McCloskey used not little skill to transplant a new wing onto a Monarch butterfly. “I am a professional costume designer and master hand embroiderer,” says Romy. “This was right up my alley.”

Equipped with a coathanger (wire), a towel, a wire hanger,  a toothpick, cotton swabs, scissors, tweezers, quick-drying cement, talcum powder, Romy set about using a dead butterfly’s wing to give flight to a newborn.

No anaethetics were used. Apparently, Monarch butterflies do not feel pain in their wings.


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“The patient: this 3-day-old little boy was born with torn upper and lower wings. Let’s see how we can help!”



“The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, extra butterfly wing”

“The operating room and supplies: towel, wire hanger, contact cement, toothpick, cotton swab, scissors, tweezers, talc powder, extra butterfly wing”


“Securing the butterfly and cutting the damaged parts away. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt them. It’s like cutting hair or trimming fingernails”

“Securing the butterfly and cutting the damaged parts away. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt them. It’s like cutting hair or trimming fingernails”


“Ta-da! With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy”

“Ta-da! With a little patience and a steady hand, I fit the new wings to my little guy”


“The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly”

“The black lines do not match completely and it is missing the black dot (male marking) on the lower right wing, but with luck, he will fly”

“FLIGHT DAY! After a day of rest and filling his belly with homemade nectar, it is time to see if he will fly”

monarch-butterfly-new wing

“With a quick lap around the yard and a little rest on a bush, he was off! A successful surgery and outcome! Bye, little buddy! Good luck”

Via Romy McCloskey on Facebook; Bored Panda

Posted: 11th, January 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Guardian makes cracking error in dyslexia story

Dyslexia news in the Guardian, where the paper infamous for its typos relays news that dyslexia may be caused by the light-receptor cells in “the human eye”. Scientists noticed a difference between the arrangement of cones between the eyes of dyslexic and non-dyslexic people. Might it be that vision is linked to dyslexia?

In non-dyslexic people, the blue cone-free spot in one eye – the dominant one, was round and in the other eye unevenly shaped. In dyslexic people, both eyes have the same, round spot.

“The lack of asymmetry might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities,” said the study’s authors.

Interesting stuff. But dyslexics and non dyslexics alike can then work out what the hell the Guardian means when in its rehashed press releases, the news becomes:


The Guardian error dyslexia




About 700 million people worldwide are known to have from dyslexia – about one in 10 of the global population.

There’s no helping some people…

Posted: 15th, November 2017 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Young girl shows friends her prosthetic leg for the first time


Get a load of Anu, 7, showing her new sports blade and prosthetic leg to her friends at school in Birmingham.

Heartwarming stuff.

Isn’t humanity great…

Posted: 17th, October 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Doctors retrieve 40-year-old toy from patient’s lung

Playmobil man cone


Ever lose a toy when you were a child? Maybe you didn’t lose it. Maybe you’ve been taking it everywhere with you. Doctors have recently removed a plastic traffic cone from a 47-year-old British man’s chest. He got the Playmobil cone for his seventh birthday. And then it vanished.

In later life the man developed a nagging cough. Medical tests revealed a shadow on his lungs. A tumour? No. A small traffic gone he’d swallowed all those years ago.

A cautionary tale, indeed.

And what goes down, can also go up, right. At Bedtime Heaven you can buy an Extreme Cone Butt Plug. If that gets lodged in your insides, tell the doctor it only hurts when he laughs.


buttplug traffic cone

Danger: men at work


Spotter: BBC.

Posted: 28th, September 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Billionaire donates £200m to investigate ‘baloney’ and spread bad science

leeches homeopathy Henry Samueli


Mega-rich Henry Samueli, a fan of “integrative medicine” (homeopathy) has donated – get this – 200m to UC Irvine. “The human body is a very complex and highly interconnected system. Therefore our healthcare needs to be looked at through a more holistic lens,” opines Samueli, who owns the Anaheim Ducks. “Our genetics, our surrounding environment, our nutrition, our physical activity and our mental state all play critical roles in our well-being.”

As someone who has been stricken by serious illness, I can says that I’m going with the science and the big machines over the pseudoscience, personal prejudice, propaganda, faith-based medicine guff that denies human progress in chemistry and physics.

Rebecca Watson is scathing:

Now they’ve given millions to UC Irvine, a public university, to set up a school for baloney….I mean “alternative medicine.” It’ll be called the “College of Health Sciences,” misusing at least three words in a four-word name, which is really pretty impressive.

I read about all this in a positively glowing article in the LA Times, which didn’t seek out a single voice to disagree with the idea that a college of baloney is a brilliant idea. The LA Times didn’t even consult the LA Times of six months ago, where they reported on another woman who took aconite as a remedy. That woman was hospitalized for weeks and then she died, because aconite is a poison. Susan’s aconite product must have been real homeopathy, meaning that it was just sugar water and there wasn’t actually any aconite in it at all. Otherwise, instead of getting better naturally from her cold she also would have fucking died, and then nobody would be giving millions of dollars to a public university to spread dangerous baloney.

As they say in Anaheim: Quack!



Spotter: BB

Posted: 27th, September 2017 | In: Money, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Charlie Gard: an emotive trial by media

charlie gard


Charlie Gard’s face is splashed across the Daily Mail’s front page. His face hovers above the word “MANSLAUGHTER”. The accusation is not levelled at those who have ruled that the child should die but given some of the reaction to his story it might as well be.

A judge, a rank the Mail not long ago labelled “enemies of the people”, has “ruled” that Charlie Gard cannot die at home. His parents’ words – “We’ve been denied out final wish” – complete the picture. This is another chapter of the story of parents v State – and once gain the State is winning.

Charlie Gard has featured on the Mail’s front page many times. His loving parents sold their story and we got to know about the chronically ill baby boy and his parents’ fight to defy the experts and allow him to leave hospital and undergo experimental treatment.


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charlie gard newspapers


The court case is now over. Charlie Gard will not be subjected to any further treatment. His parents conceded defeat in their legal battle. He is being allowed to die. Reason has triumphed over hope. One US website told is readers that Charlie Gard is the baby the “British courts sentenced to death”. But the ruling was never that callous. Nothing close to it. The therapy on offer was no cure. The High Court judge heard from eight doctors and two nurses. He told the court: “The entire highly experienced UK team, all those who provided second opinions and the consultant instructed by the parents in these proceedings share a common view that further treatment would be futile.”‘ Charlie Gard is living what might be termed a faux life, kept going by machinery but not living autonomously. Medical opinion is in total agreement: he will never get better.

The judge added: “If Charlie’s damaged brain function cannot be improved, as all seem to agree, then how can he be any better off than he is now, which is in a condition that his parents believe should not be sustained?… with complete conviction… that it is in Charlie’s best interests that I accede to these applications and rule that Great Ormond Street Hospital (SOSH) may lawfully withdraw all treatment, save for palliative care, to permit Charlie to die with dignity.”

But emotions run high. Reason fails to inspire. The Star notes how “some on social media channels for campaign group ‘Charlie’s Army’ believe the tot will breathe on his own.” Would you take belief over medial knowledge?

So now news that Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have been denied time with their child.  They wanted to spend “a week or so” in a hospice with their son before the machines keeping him alive were switched off. But GOSH says that would require a round-the-clock intensive care team. And with none forthcoming by the courts’ deadline, a GOSH spokesman tells media: “Sadly, as the judge has now ruled, there is simply no way that Charlie, a patient with such severe and complex needs, can spend any significant time outside of an intensive care environment safely. The risk of an unplanned and chaotic end to Charlie’s life is an unthinkable outcome for all concerned and would rob his parents of precious last moments with him. As the judge has now ruled, we will arrange for Charlie to be transferred to a specialist children’s hospice, whose remarkable and compassionate staff will support his family at this impossible time.”

Intensive life support cannot be supplied away from a hospital intensive care unit. So Charlie Gard cannot die at home.

This, says the Mail, is “heart-wrenching”. Charlie’s mother tells the paper amid photos of a family picnic  by GOSH: “We just want some peace with our son, no hospital, no lawyers, no courts, no media just quality time with Charlie away from everything to say goodbye to him in the most loving way. Most people won’t ever have to go through what we have been through, we’ve had no control over our son’s life and no control over our son’s death.”

The parents now agree with his son’s doctors that he should die in a hospice. They want him to be kept alive for up to a week but medics say he should “slip away” within a few hours of arriving.

And so a baby kept alive for five months will be allowed to die. The medics who looked after Charlie Gard are not uncaring pen-pushers. GOSH and the courts are not places where children are sentenced to death and human life is cheap. Ethics matter.

But something nags. Was it all about money? And if it was – and money must always be a factor when resources are not infinite – why can’t a rich country provide for its own?

This struggle was for Charlie Gard and the future for us all. It was for those not yet born. It was for love, reason and force of argument. Through that we hope to get to the truth.

Posted: 28th, July 2017 | In: News, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Medics kill twice as many Americans than strokes

The third biggest killer in the USA is death by medical error.


death medical kills


You go into hospital – but will you come out?

Posted: 18th, July 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Medics pull 27 contact lenses from patient’s eye

contact lenses


Contact lenses can be hard to see. One aged patient had trouble locating theirs. None of us have ever seen this before,” says eye surgeon Rupal Morjaria, a trainee ophthalmologist at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham. “It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”

They then found 10 more.

“She was quite shocked.,” adds Morjaria. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.’

Spotter: Optometry TodayBritish Medical Journal.


Posted: 16th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Poop doping: one woman’s DIY faecal transplant and how turd implants can improve performance

poop doping


How full of the brown stuff are you?  One cyclist is into poop doping. What’s that, then?

The madwoman behind “poop doping” is Lauren Petersen, a postdoctoral microbiologist at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Petersen has been racing bikes all her life, but as she told The Scientist earlier this month, she’s struggled with chronic Lyme disease since her teen years. She finally rid herself of the disease in 2013, but the intense course of antibiotics she took had ravaged her system and left her with chronic fatigue and stomach problems.

Eventually, she learned that her microbiome (the colony of microbes in her body) was dangerously unbalanced and was not functioning as it should. She was not breaking down any food, and she learned that she was not eligible for a potentially beneficial fecal transplant. So she simply did one herself. As she said, it was a fairly dangerous DIY procedure and it wasn’t fun, but it worked better than she thought it could:

In February 2014, with the support of her family, she recruited a donor and did it herself. “I just did it at home. It’s not fun, but it’s pretty basic. It costs like six bucks to do.” (The $6 being for the drugstore enema kit.) The do-it-yourself solution worked. “Within two months I was a new person,” Petersen says. “I had no more fatigue. I could ride my bike hard three days in a row, no problem.” She started racing four months after her fecal transplant, and was winning races at the pro level soon after that. “Everything changed,” Petersen says.

Petersen’s donor was a fellow elite cyclist, and after analyzing the sample and those of other riders, she discovered an unusually high prevalence of the bacterium Prevotella, which helps synthesize amino acids that help in muscle recovery. Petersen’s analysis of her friends’ craps also showed an abundance of M. smithii, which performs a complementary function. The science is complicated, but in short, a healthy amount of both bacteria types in one’s gut means you can more efficiently process food and then deal with debilitating byproducts like carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Spotter: Boing Boing

Posted: 25th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Woman comes out of coma when medic accinbally touches her toe

When its the right time to switch off the machines keeping a patient alive? On July 20, Sam Hemming, 22, a Bangor University graduate and keen sportswoman, was a passenger in her boyfriend’s car when it crashed on the M6. The car flipped over. Sam Hemming banged her head hard on the window.


sam hemming


At hospital, after six hours of operations doctors placed the badly injured woman in a coma. They told her parents Emma had no chance of recovery. For 19 days she showed no sign of brain activity. They were all set to tun off the life-support machines when Emma’s toe moved when a staff member inadvertently brushed it with an ice-cold wipe.

“The computer showed some brain activity,” Ms Hemming’s mother, Carol, tells the Times. “It was amazing. She would have had the heat and cold test before they switched the machine off but they brushed it across her toe earlier than expected and it saved her.”

Eight weeks later Emma returned to her parents’ Hereford home. She has learnt to talk and walk.

“Doctors are totally in shock,” Mrs Hemming adds. “You see the specialist surgeons, paramedics and police and they look at Sammy and their mouths fall open. Why her condition is different is that part of the brain has developed her speech and movement. That is why all the neurosurgeons were getting so excited as it is very rarely seen. She is a walking miracle.”

Says Emma: “My talking is fine and I just want to get better now. Before the accident I wanted to be a solicitor and that ambition hasn’t changed. I still want a career in the law.”

Medicine is amazing. (The legal profession, less so.)

Posted: 30th, September 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prisoner sue over removal of marbles from his tattoed penis

marblesTo West Virginia where a prisoner is upset medics removed marbles he had implanted in his tattooed penis.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Adrian King can pursue claims that officials at Huttonsville Correctional Center illegally threatened him into consenting to the June 2013 surgery, “or risk being segregated from other inmates and lose his eligibility for parole.”

“The interest in bodily integrity involves the most personal and deep-rooted expectations of privacy, and here, the nature of the surgery itself, surgery into King’s penis, counsels against reasonableness,” says the Virginia-based appeals court.

King now complains of “tingling and numbness” when his bellend is touched “or when it rains, snows or gets cold.” Or when he puts it in blender, uses it to mix drinks in a coffee shop, or fills it with ink and uses it as a biro. If King’s penis history is any guide, his knob could end up in all manner of unusual situations.

King adds that officials hurt his feelings whenever they called him “Marble Man”.

King, who is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, is (ball)baring up well.

Posted: 9th, June 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Mail scare stories: antibiotics and depression

depression antibiotics


It’s Health Tuesday in the Mail. Scare Story highlights are:

Page 47: “Just one court of antibiotics may raise risk of depression.” The thinking is if you take antibiotics, you cause in imbalance in bugs in your guts which upsets your brain cells’ ability to communicate.

You might have read the same tory in 2015, when it appeared on a website as, “Antibiotic exposure associated with increased risk for depression, anxiety.”

But what of one courts of antibiotics making you depressed?

Exposure to antibiotics was not associated with a change in risk for psychosis. A single course of antifungals was associated with a mild increase in risk for depression and anxiety, however, there was no increased risk with repeated exposures.

In The Gut Microbiome and the Brain, Leo Galland has more:

No, antibiotics do not directly cause panic attacks.

They can, however, exacerbate symptoms in those who already have anxiety disorders.

There has been a wealth of research in the recent years connecting gut bacteria to mental processes. This connection is aptly named the “gut-brain axis.” Antibiotics are prescribed to get rid of bacterial infections. Unfortunately, most antibiotics don’t just kill the bad bacteria, they kill the healthy bacteria living in your gut. This healthy bacteria has a lot of different functions, one being to line the gut and basically reinforce its “walls.” They can also influence neurotransmitters.

When you destroy these bacteria, it makes sense that you may notice a bodily change. This could be intestinal distress or mood changes. In scientific studies “germ-free” mice, or those without gut bacteria, are more reactive to stress than non-germ-free (normal) mice. It’s important to remember this is a mouse study, not a human study. It can give some important clues, but might not be the whole picture.

In short, antibiotics will not induce a panic attack, but may increase reactivity, making it more likely that a person prone to panic attacks will feel anxious. This can possibly turn into a panic attack, but with an established treatment regimen, it can be avoided.

You can read the the research first-hand here.


Posted: 24th, May 2016 | In: Reviews, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

First penis transplant let’s patients go larger

Thomas Manning, 64, who lost his penis to cancer has received a penis transplant. If you could get one, would you go larger?

Relatives of the donor involved in the first successful penis transplant in the U.S. say they are opting to remain anonymous. Alexandra Glazier, CEO of the New England Organ Bank, says the family of the donor – who had died – is praying for recipient Thomas Manning’s continued recover. Glazier says the family indicates that Manning’s well-being is helping them cope as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

If you get a new penis, do you go for one larger than the one you had before, or is it just another organ, so you need a familiar fit?


Posted: 17th, May 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Dead Russian man wakes in morgue – reaches for the vodka

dead russian viodkaTo Russia, where a man who ‘died’ after drinking many shots of vodka is at the morgue.  According to reports, medics in Khasanky, Russia,received a call from the man’s friends. The doctors arrived. They declared the man dead. They took him to the morgue and placed him in the freezer.

He was lucky to find a room. Speaking to Khasanskiye Vesti, police spokesman Aleksey Stoyev says:

That night the local morgue was filled to its capacity, the bodies were not only on the shelves, but also on the floor of the freezer room.

A few hours later, the man awake from death.  “It was very dark and cold and his brain was foggy due to the influence of alcohol,” adds Mr Stoyev. “In the darkness, he felt someone’s completely cold limbs and in fear rushed to the door.”

It as the lock-in to end them all.

Posted: 1st, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

How to make a vagina capable of orgasm from a penis and testicles (video)

This video created by the European Society of Urology affords us an insight into male-to-female gender surgery. the process uses the penis and testicles to construct a vagina – one able to orgasm. The penis’s tip creates a neoclitoris. The labia is made form the skin of the scrotum and shaft.


Spotter: IFLS

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Parasitic tapeworm with cancer kills man by cancer


 This is an adult Taenia saginata tapeworm.

This is an adult Taenia saginata tapeworm.


The 41-year-old Colombian man was HIV positive. What killed him, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, was the cancer he caught from the parasitic tapeworm.

The US Centres for Disease Control and the UK’s Natural History Museum diagnosed the unusual type of cancer. Dr Atis Muehlenbachs, who discovered the oddity, says: “It didn’t really make sense… this had been the most unusual case”.

The tumours appeared to be normal and some were more than 4cm across and found in his lungs and liver. But after further inspection, the infected cells were found to be a tenth of the size of normal human cells. Molecular testing identified high levels of tapeworm DNA in the tumours. The patient was unable to be treated by the time doctors had identified what the tumours were. He died three days after the worm DNA was discovered.

The worm tissue came from the dwarf tapeworms, known as Hymenlopis nana, which is a specialism of Dr Peter Oslon from the Natural History Museum. He said: “It is able to carry out its whole lifecycle in one host and that is absolutely unique.”

And absolutely hideous.

Parasitic tapeworm with cancer kills man.

Posted: 5th, November 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Man has ears cut off to look more like his pet parrots

Parrot fashion

Parrot fashion

Ted Richards has inked his face and eyeballs to look more like his pet parrots Ellie and Teaka. Last month he had his ears cut off. Those ears are now preserved in resin. To keep his glasses on, Ted has had transdermals inserted at the sides of his head.

“I think it looks really great,” he tells the Bristol Post. “I love it. It’s the best thing that has happened to me. I am so happy it’s unreal, I can’t stop looking in the mirror.”

Isn’t that what budgies do?

More photos here.



Posted: 18th, October 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Woman accidentally glues eye shut with nail fixer; medic won’t treat her unless she pays

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To Florida,where Katherine Gaydos has some dust in her eye. A neighbour with a leaf blower has jetted something sharp into her peeper. She asks a pal to run inside her home and fetch some Visine. The friend does so. They hand Katherine the bottle. She leans back and squirts the salve in. But it’s not Visine. It’s the stuff you sue to stick on false fingernails. It’s glue. Strong stuff.

“It’s stuck to my eyelids and my eyeball and it really hurts,” says Katherine. She calls 911. A doctors gives her a treatment.

Eight days later, the eyelid is still tightly shut. The doctor will only continue to treat her if she can pay.

“He was talking about doing surgery to try and save my eye, but now I don’t know what to do. I don’t have a job, no insurance or any money.”


eye glue


Local news get wind of the story. The doctor not says he’ll do a deal. Says the patient:

 “It was the same office, but a different doctor. He put Lidocaine above and below my eye and just pulled on it until it finally opened. He said I should get my sight back, and not have permanent damage.”

She has not been asked for payment.


YouTube link.


Posted: 11th, October 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Man sacked from pork roll factory for excessive farting and uncontrollable diarrhea

trenton farterLouann Clem of Trenton, New Jersey, is suing her employer Case Pork Roll Co., for firing her husband Rich for excessive farting. The Clems told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but they weren’t interested. Farters are not yet a recognised minority group.

So the Clems are suing. Their law suit says Rich’s gastric bypass surgery led to “extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.” They allege company owner Thomas Dolan began giving them a hard time. The Clems say he told them:

“We have to do something about Rich. This can’t go on.”

“Why is Rich having these side effects?”

“Is Rich following his doctor’s recommendations?”

“We can’t run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office.”

“Tell Rich that we are getting complaints from visitors who have problems with the odors.”

The company’s owner says the Clems weren’t fired. They say the Clems refused a pay cut when the company’s fortunes declined.

We say, ‘What the hell are pork rolls made from?’


Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Watch: scientist hasn’t washed for 12 Years uses bacteria to ‘stay’ clean


American scientist Dave Whitlock says:

“No one did clinical trials on people taking showers every day. I have not taken a shower in 12 years.”

(Via Oddity Central):

….In fact, he says that the chemicals in our soaps and shampoos have destroyed all the friendly bacteria that once inhabited our skin and kept us clean.

Whitlock first started thinking about good bacteria when a woman he was dating asked him why horses liked to roll around in the dirt during summer.

No plumbing in the stable?

“The only way that horses could evolve this behavior was if they had substantial evolutionary benefits from it,” Whitlock explained. That’s when he realised that for the horses, this was actually a way of keeping clean.

Until then, no one had considered that skin bacteria was important and could be helpful to the body. “I didn’t have a biology degree – I wasn’t at an institution that was renowned for its biological research,” Whitlock said. “And I was proposing something completely off the wall.” But he went ahead and invented a one-of-a-kind spray – called ‘Mother Dirt AO+ Mist’ – consisting of ‘good’ bacteria.

Whether or not he scored another date is not known.



Posted: 12th, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Woman has large horn growing out of her head (video)

Woman horn on head


To China, where Liang Xiuzhen of Sichuan sports a 13-centimeter by 6-centimeter horn. It’s not stuck on. It’s part of her.



The 87-year-old’s growth is known as a cutaneous horn. Made of keratin, the horn grew over a period of just two years from a small mole.

It might be an idea to get your new ‘beauty spot’ checked out…

Spotter: Zaeega

Posted: 4th, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Medics stitch man’s injured hand inside his abdomen (photo)

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To save 87-year-old Frank Reyes’s left hand – damaged when it was trapped under a sun-heated car bumper as he was changing a tyre – medics stitched it to his abdomen.

Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital left Frank’s hand inside his abdomen for three weeks to reduce risk of infection and save his fingers.


Posted: 3rd, September 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Shoplifter hid stolen meat in his colostomy bag (with mug shot)

colostomy thief


To South Carolina, where “an older white male” has stolen $75 worth of ribeye steaks by secreting the meat inside his colostomy bag.

David Samuel Hoyt, 55, admitted the theft.

The steaks remain missing.



Posted: 14th, August 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0