Freaky Friday #5

9 04 2010

We cannot guarantee the following bits of weird news are true, but we almost did our best to find out!  Enjoy.

Cyborg bugs fly among us and may be the precursors to cyborg babies! This is for the Trekkies out there (and at PKIDs). It’s that ever-curious experimental research branch of the Pentagon, DARPA, always getting up to something. Does it knock down the Yikes factor a bit if you know they’re fruit and fig beetles?

Don’t let this guy show you any love. Kissing bugs like to bite around the mouth and can cause infections affecting the heart or intestines. You don’t cha-cha when you have Chagas, baby.

If your favorite food is the color red, chances are it has bugs in it! Any food with ingredients like cochineal dye, carmine, or carminic acid gets its color from the crushed bodies of the cochineal insect. The bug shells are boiled, dried, and then ground into a fine powder. You can get your cochineal fix in things like red juices and sodas, gelatins, sausages, pies, and jams.

People didn’t develop the gene to digest lactose (milk) until 7,500 years ago. Who were the first people to take a swig of that white water? Turns out, it was probably “a farming culture called the Linearbandkeramik.” And if you like the word Linearbandkeramik, find out more here! Finally, you can lead a cow upstairs, but not down. That’s all we have to say on milk and related animals. Where do we come up with this stuff? Why do we do it? Hey, it’s fun. And it’s Friday.





Freaky Friday #4

2 04 2010

We cannot guarantee the following bits of weird news are true, but we almost did our best to find out!  Enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Mastababa

Fear makes the earwax flow, although scientists aren’t sure why. Earwax, yucky and disgusting as it is, stops germs from setting up camp in those lovely, damp, warm holes we call ear canals.

This just in: Neptune eats planet, kidnaps (moonnaps?) moon. That’s all we have to say on that.

Have you seen the latest film version of Alice in Wonderland? Turns out Alice isn’t the only one dropping down a rabbit hole. Sufferers of “Alice in Wonderland syndrome” often see objects and distances as larger or smaller than they normally appear, creating a sort of “funhouse” vision of the world. Lewis Carroll was said to be a sufferer.

The old-timers called them homunculus, or little men. Benign tumors bristling with hair, bits of teeth, skin, sweat glands…sometimes even eyeballs or hands.  No, not undeveloped fetuses, just (gag) debris that may develop into a growth in men or women.

Gross gas facts: (Hey, you knew we had to go there at some point.):

  • A deceased person will still fart shortly after death.
  • They actually make special underwear for people who pass gas a lot. They are called Fartypants. (We think this one is a joke, but check out GasBGon pants)
  • Termites have the smelliest farts. These creatures’ farts are believed to be a major contributor toward global warming.

Why do we do it? It’s Friday! Send in your wacky fact with a link and if we can almost say it’s true, we’ll post it.

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Freaky Friday #3

26 03 2010

Freaky Friday: We can’t guarantee the following bits of weird news are true, but we almost did our best to find out!  Enjoy.

Guinea worms—in through the mouth, and out through the… knee?? In some countries, larvae of guinea worms living in water fleas lives are ingested when people drink the water. The worms grow for about a year, unbeknownst to their human host. Then they begin the painful process of leaving the body through the skin, which can take up to 2 months.  Yes, that’s right, two months with a worm hanging out of some place on your skin. The host seeks out water to soothe the burning sensation, which is when the worm deposits its larvae—and the cycle begins again. Successful eradication efforts are now taking place.

Male walruses have a baculum the size of some baseball bats.  Modesty prevents us from saying more.

Hey, need some progesterone and just don’t have time to see your provider for pills?  Here, have a walnut.

Let’s see, if a hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day, then here at PKIDs, we sweat up to…anybody got a measuring spoon?

How many kids go off to school with peanut butter sandwiches?  A pound of peanut butter can contain up to 150 bug fragments and 5 rodent hairs.  Eeeewwww. Where do we come up with this stuff?  More importantly, why do we do it? Hey, it’s fun.  And it’s Friday!

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Freaky Friday #2

19 03 2010

Freaky Friday: We can’t guarantee the following bits of weird news are true, but we almost did our best to find out!  Enjoy.

It’s getting harder to break the law and get away with it.  We can be identified by fingerprints, ear prints, tongue prints, and now our germs are ratting us out. We each have billions of microbes in us or on us, and those critters leave a “unique bacterial genetic signature” behind as we go about our daily business.

A meal for a person with pica might start off with a pebble salad, laundry starch on the side.  Then a couple of light bulbs, perhaps halogen, and hunter green paint chips sprinkled with needles for extra crunchiness.  For dessert, soft little clouds of plastic wrapped in string.  Hey, it’s an eating disorder.  What did you think?

Botox wipes the frowns lines away.  But does it also paralyze our emotions?  The brain tells the face to frown and waits for the report indicating there was a successful frown.  With Botox, there are no frown lines, the report gets screwed up, and emotions are misunderstood.  Good news is, Botox also prevents excessive sweating!  Boooyaaaaa.

Big rains brought abundance of bugs for thousands of spiders, who decided to make nice and work together to build the biggest freaking 600+ foot web your nightmares have ever conjured.

Where do we come up with this stuff?  More importantly, why do we do it? Hey, it’s fun.  And it’s Friday.

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Freaky Friday

12 03 2010

Chilean Rose tarantula courtesy of The Lancet

Freaky Friday: We can’t guarantee the following bits of weird news are true, but we almost did our best to find out!  Enjoy.

A Chilean Rose tarantula shot hairs into (his/her?) owner’s eye: “When we looked at this guy’s cornea, the clear window covering the eye, we saw these little whitish spots and a little black hairy-like thing at the center of each,” St. James’s Zia Carrim told LiveScience. There were about a dozen hairs protruding from the cornea, a couple of which had gone all the way through the eye’s thin covering.  Yee-uck!

Tapeworms are usually acquired through eating undercooked meat and are thought of as only one type. However, different types can be acquired by eating different types of meat. The record for longest tapeworm ever extracted from a human is 37 feet (continuous) and was pulled out through the mouth. There’s an image for you.

The acid in your stomach is so strong, a drop of it’ll eat right through wood.  The only reason stomach acid doesn’t eat through its own lining is because the lining secretes a bicarbonate solution that, when mixed with the stomach acid, makes water. Nice.

Feet have about 500,000 sweat glands and produce at least a pint of moisture each day. Where do we come up with this stuff?  More importantly, why do we do it? Hey, it’s fun.  And it’s Friday!

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