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Larger Than Life

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Health

Even as a young boy, Ethan (not his real name)wasn't confident around girls. shy01As he grew older, his shyness around girls never diminished. shy02 At the age of 17, he became tired of his handicap. Unable to play any competitive sports, have sex or even wear pants without difficulty, it became time to face his problem. The teen decided to have his penis reduced. The 17-year-old's flaccid instrument measured seven inches in length but had a circumference of 10 inches - which is about the size of a grapefruit. Before the life-changing operation, surgeons said it was shaped like a "rugby ball" and restricted his ability to play sports or have sex. Danny Care • Rugby Union Player - thealbamale.blogspot The teen told doctors he would spontaneously get erections because the shape of it restricted the natural blood flow. Rafael Carrion, a urologist at the University of South Florida took on the challenge. Surgeons developed a new technique normally used to cut scar tissue from the penis by slicing alongside an old circumcision scar and cut out two segments of tissue from either side. Dr Carrion said, "It was a bit like having two side tummy-tucks - that's how we explained it to him." shy03 In the end it was complete success and the teen is ecstatic with the results. Dr Carrion reported, "It looks cosmetically appealing, and he said it was a life-changing event, he's all smiles." rhino3
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A Great Future In Plastics

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Animals, Environment, Food, Nature

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean? Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it? plastic-recycling We've seen the future, and it's rubbish. plastic_ocean Plastic is our future because we can't get rid of it. Once in the environment, it's there to stay. It doesn't biodegrade like organic materials, and doesn't oxidize like metals. If it breaks down at all, it breaks down into smaller plastic pieces. A lot of it ends up in the oceans, and on the beaches. minke01 Even the large marine animals are affected. This minke whale washed up on a beach. minke02 When the contents of its stomach were examined, it was found to contain a lot of plastic grocery store bags. laysan_albatross1 Even though their diet is different than the whales' other creatures are affected too. The Laysan Albatross has especially suffered. Laysan Albatross Nesting by Rows of Plastic Litter There's hardly a place they can go that isn't surrounded by plastic trash. albatross12 The origins are both marine and land based. Plastic doesn't observe political boundaries. albatross_anatomy The stuff found inside the Laysan Albatross is usually familiar to most biologists. More frequently, however, what they find is recognizable to any modern person. Kure Laysan Carcass The organs of the dead birds have been displaced by colorful plastic trash. albatross09 These pictures illustrate how these albatrosses were found. albatross01 Even if we make an effort to use less plastic, and recycle more religiously, it already permeates the environment. albatross02 The birds consume everything from bottle caps to toothbrushes. albatross04 These birds contain more plastic than a Lego model. lego-bird The plastic is more colorful than the birds. albatross07 But we don't think it adds to their natural beauty. albatross10 We believe that these creatures should stick to an organic diet. croc_hand1 It's a lot healthier for them than plastic. croc_limbs
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