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Branching Out

by on Aug.11, 2016, under Health, Nature

It's not unusual to anthropomorphize what we see in nature. pohon_mirip_manusia We know it's a tree, but we see human-like attributes.  Often it's facial features, which are easy for us to recognize. tree_butt But frequently it's something else. abul_bandar1 Abul Bandar, from Khulna, Bangladesh, suffers from Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, an inherited skin disorder, which makes him appear to be turning into a tree. The lesions are a result of the recessive gene that makes him susceptible to cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas brought about by human papillomavirus (HPV). abul_bandar2 While the root of the problem is known, there is not yet a treatment for it, although the growths can be surgically pruned. The growths don't hurt or itch much, but the sickening odor makes it hard for other people to be around the sufferers. dede_kosawara1 While the condition is rare, it's been seen a number of times before. Pictured above is Dede Koswara, an Indonesian who was known as the original "Tree Man", being prepared for his ninth surgery.  After losing his family and job, he was able to find employment at a circus. A picture of him posted on the Internet caused a media frenzy that made the condition more famous. dede_kosawara2 Dede had 13 pounds of the lesions removed with an electric saw, and then chemotherapy was tried to bring the disease under control. The treatment was curtailed when his liver failed, and the lesions returned. He died of  liver, hepatitus, and gastric disorders at the age of 42 in January 2016. abul_bandar3
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Stick It to the Man

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Health, Nature, Recreation

Sometimes you just can't see the forest for the trees. Colby Ellis, 22, gives zip line tours at the Nantahala Gorge in North Carolina. Part of the Great Smoky Mountains, it's a popular recreational area. Colby was on his day off when he and co-worker Micah Loyd decided to explore the mountain. He explains, "I spotted a series of vines going up a tree and decided to climb them. When I was about five feet up, the vine gave way. I landed on my feet but when I bent to absorb the landing, a branch punctured my face." "'I was very shocked the first few moments, but luckily Micah and I are both trained in first aid, so we knew not to take it out. Or for that matter to move my eye in case the smaller stick went into the eyeball itself. Micah was great help keeping me calm and leading me through the woods to the road."   "Someone stopped and gave him a ride to get his vehicle so we could take that to the hospital. I did not want to pay for an ambulance if I could help it as they are quite expensive here. We then drove to the hospital in nearby Bryson, but they don't have a trauma centre. Staff there were great and stabilised the injuries and sent me in an ambulance to Mission hospital in Asheville." "Once there, they were able to remove both sticks successfully. Amazingly, I still had my full vision. After that I just needed a few sets of stitches and an eye patch and I was ready to go." "All in all, I feel very fortunate to be able to see out of both eyes and to be alive. If I had fallen an inch behind me the bigger branch could have easily went through my socket and into my brain. ... The whole thing was really intense."
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by on Jun.13, 2011, under Games, Health, Kids, Recreation

13 year old Cao Jie, from Ganshui township of Qijiang, Chongqing, China met with a group of friends to play pool. Cao Jie didn't really know how to play pool, so he stayed outside to climb a tree while his friends went inside to play. After a while, Cao's friend, 15 year old Liu Yong, went outside to look for him and found him up a tree. Being a 15 year old boy, Liu poked his friend with a cue stick. Cao lost his balance, slipped from the tree, and impaled himself on the end of the pool cue. After six hours in surgery, doctors were able to remove the 10 cm of the pool cue that had entered Cao's rectum. Fortunately, Liu didn't hit any balls.

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Stained Wood

by on Nov.08, 2010, under Health, Nature, Recreation

Trees are majestic and beautiful. They provide shade, color, and homes for countless species. Trees are a source of food, oil, and alcohol. We harvest them for wood and depend on them for the very air we breathe. We may complain about having to rake leaves, or the occasional infiltration of roots into sewer pipes, but we get so much from them. But not all trees are so benign. Sometimes they act without provocation.

Josh Skattum of Sartell, MN was wheeled into the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room with an oak branch sticking out from his leg. To be fair, Skattum started it by driving his golf cart into the tree. The tree retaliated with a 3 foot branch that pierced Skattum's leg, entering at the inside of his left knee, pushing its way through his thigh and stopping short of poking out at his left hip.

Josh Skattum after his encounter with a tree

No bones were broken and the branch didn't pierce any major arteries.


Bob, an avid bicyclist from Cincinnati, wasn't as lucky. The rider just ahead of him ran over a large branch, raising the end of it as Bob rode by. The branch fractured his fibula. No screws or braces were used to avoid introducing more potential infections. Trees might not move very fast, but they have lots of patience.

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Auto Erotic Fixation

by on Nov.06, 2010, under Culture, Drugs, Education, Family, Kids, Recreation

I'm in love with my car, got a feel for my automobile. -- Queen Since the first motorized vehicles were produced, men have had a love affair with their cars. Cars were curvaceous and sexy.

They appeal to the opposite sex.

For some people its the love of a lifetime.

Some may even develop lifelong driving habits early.

As childish innocence turns to adolescence, styles may change but the object of affection remains the same. In the 1950's it was every adolescent's dream to lose his subcompact toy and get a full-size woody.

Many of the cars were purchased with money from parents so less well-endowed kids got woodies that weren't much bigger than the toy of their youth.

Auto eroticism had really taken over the culture.

Got a grip on your boy racer roll bar, what a thrill when your radials squeal.

But somewhere along the line, the message was garbled. Blame it on high gas prices, or the lack of jobs for kids. Auto-eroticism has turned into a deadly thrill.

If you haven't heard of this popular teen sport, Auto-erotic asphyxiation (AEA) is the practice of cutting off the blood supply to the brain through self-applied suffocation methods while masturbating.By limiting the blood supply to the brain, AEA can induce cerebral anoxia, a deficiency of oxygen in the brain.Oxygen deficiency in the brain is thought to intensify sensations, producing feelings of giddiness, lightheadedness, or exhilaration that can heighten the orgasmic experience.

It probably came from the observation that men executed by hanging often got an erection and sometimes ejaculated. It's described in detail in the Marquis de Sade's Justine and is mentioned in Beckett's Waiting for Godot. It's part of actor Keith Carradine's legacy. Some adolescent deaths blamed on suicide might really have been accidental.

"Auto-erotic asphyxiation" sounds awfully clinical, so kids have adopted a lot of euphemisms. It's also known as "the choking game", "the fainting game", "riding a rocket", "flat liner", "space monkey", and many other names.

You can play alone or with a friend. The idea is to limit oxygen to the brain. As an extra bonus, pressing against the cartoid artery causes vasodilation and significantly speeds up the effect.

A Center for Disease Control report describes the results of an analysis of death certificates, which identified 82 probable choking-game deaths among youths aged 6--19 years, during 1995--2007. Seventy-one (86.6%) of the decedents were male, and the mean age was 13.3 years.

Tyler Tristan Mison 1996-2009


Frankie Yakely IV 1994-2006


Daniel Caleb Sheppard 1994-2006


Kyle Kelly McCarthy 1992-2005


Dylan Blake 1994-2005


Jesse Daviau 1992-2005


Gabriel Harry Mordcai 1992-2005


Jesse Grant 1994-2006


There is no correlation between the choking game and use of recreational drugs. Most of the fatalities occurred while an adult was at home. Many of the victims are bright, involved, popular kids doing well in school. Adolescents are auto-erotic by nature. That's why they sometimes have to keep a textbook in front of them when they're asked to get up in class, or talk to a girl, or breathe. They make condoms for kids, but not Viagra. They don't need it. Asphyxiation will not enhance your sexual experience, and it can have deleterious side effects.

Adolescent boy condensed into single Viagra tablet

The only auto-erotica that should be found hanging is an air freshener.

Told my girl I'll have to forget her Rather buy me a new carburetor So she made tracks sayin This is the end now Cars don't talk back They're just four wheeled friends now http://chokinggame.net/

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August 10, 2010 Today’s Headlines

by on Aug.10, 2010, under Animals, Crime, Food, Headlines, Kids

Man marinates cat in oil, salt, pepper, and hot peppers You're supposed to filet it first. http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/erie/Police-man-marinating-cat-to-eat-it http://theirtoys.com/sexblog/sex-offender-paranoia-weve-gone-too-far.html Why was he snorting pea? http://www.wivb.com/dpps/news/offbeat/pea-plant-found-growing-in-mans-lung-ob10-jgr_3539596 Man finds body, says he was trying to save the family the cost of a funeral And he saved himself the cost of a prostitute. http://www.koinlocal6.com/mostpopular/story/Suspect-said-he-slept-with-womans-corpse-then-was/6e9TX5KDbUaiC-pQLSWXeQ.cspx Man dies trying to have sex with tree That's why it's called a not-hole. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3088071/Man-died-in-sex-stunt-with-tree.html Kids, 5 and 7, hack wanted criminal to death Why are they allowed to play with knives? http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/06/21/kids-kill-wanted-indian-criminal/
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Flash Cooked Beef

by on Aug.08, 2010, under Animals, Nature

This cow, which was grazing on a property near Gladstone, central Queensland, Australia, survived a lightning strike. In the Cairns Post, Professor of Geo-Sciences, Jon Nott said, "Cows are susceptible to lightning strikes because of both sets of legs being on the ground, and they're eating grass from where electricity is conducted from the strike so it is possible it happened but, more often than not, cows die from it." "The electricity from a lightning strike would enter the front set of legs and exit out the back legs so, again, based on the picture, it is possible it happened," Prof Nott added. "While I can't explain the knee wounds, the ankle wounds would be consistent with those of a lightning strike." And while this Australian cow was lucky to survive, these cows in Uruguay didn't fare as well. The 52 dead Hereford and Normandy breed cows were discovered by the ranch manager in the field. A veterinary expert who examined the carcases said they had been killed by lightning hitting the wire fence bordering the field where the animals were stood. The incident occurred in Valdez Chico, near Montevideo, Uruguay. In September, 53 cattle were killed by lightning in Katosi, Uganda. They had been seeking shelter underneath trees, according to local reports. Seeking shelter under trees or along fences in an open field is risky behavior in a lightning storm, and cows should be instructed where to seek safety when lightning is present.
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