A detailed report was written by Dr Rogozov documenting the unusual event along with the photo shown above. The doctor made a full recovery and resumed all duties in two weeks. (src)
Click src and read the one about a mom who delivered her own child, too!
A broken rib had punctured the membrane surrounding the lungs that keeps the chest cavity airtight. Wallace decided to operate despite being without his basic medical equipment. He used part of the coathanger, sterilised in brandy, to insert tubing into her chest to release air. Dixon completed a full recovery within minutes of the makeshift operation at 35,000ft. “I told her I was terribly sorry but I was going to have to operate,” he said. “We sterilised it all with Courvoisier and when the operation was over, I drank the rest. I can tell you, I needed it.” (src)
One of the reasons why I’m in a pre-med course is to be able to say “ME!” when someone asks “Is there a doctor in the house?”
The scientists took the words of the song It’s a Small World and translated it into a code based on the four “letters” of DNA. They then created artificial DNA strands recording different parts of the song. These DNA messages, each about 150 bases long, were inserted into bacteria such as Deinococcus radiodurans (dubbed as the world’s toughest bacterium). The latter is especially good at surviving extreme conditions, says Wong. It can tolerate high temperatures, desiccation, ultraviolet light and ionising radiation doses 1000 times higher than would be fatal to humans.(src)
This is especially interesting for me, having been filled to the brim with lectures in Bacteriology. It’s amazing how some people can even think of doing these things.
This is a common ”fact” found on a lot of trivia sites, sorry I couldn’t actually find proof to back it up. But here’s something you geeks might want to sink your teeth in to — The Coin Flip: A Fundamentally Unfair Proposition?
Luwak Coffee ($160 per pound) is made from coffee cherries that have been eaten by common palm civets, which use their keen sense of smell to select the choicest and ripest beans. The digestion process removes the flesh from the crimson Sumatran berry and the beans, supposedly sweeter as a result of having passed through the animal, are hand-collected from the jungle floor. (src)
Basically, it’s hundred-sixty-dollar civet poop! Yay!
Norasaphus monroeae – Marilyn Monroe — trilobite with an hourglass shaped glabella.
Spongiforma squarepantsii — Spongebob Squarepants — have sponge-like, rubbery orange fruit bodies that have a fruity or musky odour.
Draculoides bramstrokeri — Bram Stroker (Dracula/s creator, no not sparkly Cullens, sorry) — uses large fang-like pedipalps, or pincers, to grasp invertebrate prey and crunch it into pieces before sucking out the juices
For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators. And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around. But, a forward-thinking farmer on Japan’s south-western island of Shikoku solved the problem. The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored. - BBC News
Apparently this is old news (my sister says she’s seen this a long time ago), but I just learned about it and it’s a swell idea. Too bad it’s thrice the price of a regular watermelon, though.
I won’t mind not seeing a color or two properly, just as long as I have 6 billion in the bank. Oh, and Zuckerberg’s not the youngest billionaire, too! (But we’ll save that for another WTFact)
(via whatthefact)Random reposts of really old WTFacts! :)