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Part Man + Part Baby = SUPERHERO! Share your medical oddities here!
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Oct 13th 2006 edited

This thread is dedicated to KarenM, who has so graciously shared her stories of her unusual physical traits (see the "Quirks" thread for more about her perpetual knee pimple) and those about her pets (see the "haiku" thread for more insight about the twin removed from her 14-year-old cat). And Dwight, of course, has his share of medical abnormalities, for lack of a better word (absorbed twin, green urine, etc.). I'm always game for another episode of "100 Strangest Things Removed from the Human Body," but since FOX is preoccupied with baseball and all right now, it might be a while before we see another installment. So...be a Schrute and share your medical marvel story here! It doesn't have to be something removed from your body (although that is interesting). It doesn't even have to have happened to you (but I'm going to be skeptical if it happened to your neighbor's second cousin's grandmother's uncle or something).

C'mon! Be an honorary Schrute! Gross us out! Tell us a good story!

Oct 13th 2006

LOL. Once again LT, another classic thread :)

I'm pretty normal medically...lol

but

I have one eye that is nearly perfect (near plate glass in my glasses) and my other eye is horribly bad, to the point I cant see a darn thing. I can actually escape with wearing one contact lens and have great vision....

Oct 13th 2006

So I once saw this show on Discovery Health channel called Vanished Twins or something like that. It's actually about a condition called fetus in fetu, in which one developing twin sort of becomes a parasite to the other twin and stops developing. They removed this huge growth from a boy not too long ago. It had hair, teeth, limbs....it was frightening. They even had a newborn who had absorbed his/her twin in utero, and you could actually see the heart/pulse of the twin when they did an ultrasound on the new baby. It was definitely weird. It wasn't a whole mini baby inside another baby, it was just a mass and organ tissue. Anyway, it sounds like this is what happened with Dwight. Which is pretty amazing, considering only 91 cases have been reported worldwide, ever.

Here is info from the definitive source, Wikipedia

If you ever catch the rerun on DH, I would definitely recommend watching. It was pretty interesting.

Oct 13th 2006

I love the phrase "mini baby inside another baby." I laughed out loud when I read it. I'm going to start saying it to my son, I think. He doesn't have a mini baby inside of him (that I know of), but he'll like it, anyway.

Oct 13th 2006 edited

CZJ,

I saw that DH special too!

OK, my medical oddity topic: Extra body parts and disappearing body parts.

I don't suffer from this personally, but in my line of work I come across it in my research: Some people have extra bones. Often, it is an extra (or missing) vertebrae or other part. One of my students had an extra navicular (a bone in the foot), and had to have it surgically removed.

I have also done extensive research on the muscle group call the "Iliopsoas", which is comprised of the Psoas Major, the Psoas Minor, and the Iliacus. (These are the muscles that make you walk, kick, etc.)

Apparently, the Psoas Minor is a "disappearing muscle". As in, some people don't have one, or only have one on one side. Further evidence of evolution, in my opinion.

Oct 13th 2006

I only had wisdom teeth on the bottom. When they went to remove them, they said it was weird that I didn't have a top set. So I guess that's a vanishing relict of a time when we had bigger jaws.

Oct 13th 2006 edited

Jinx,

Again, evolution in progress.

Oct 13th 2006

Speaking of teeth, a friend of mine (no, really) has a very small mouth and has had to have quite a few teeth removed to make room. One of these removed teeth was growing out the back of her gum back into her mouth. When you looked at it, it looked like a fang hanging from the roof of her mouth. Weird.

Oct 13th 2006 edited

I have been unfortunate enough to have had several surgeries caused by genetics, appendicitis, and a really bad car accident. Not really too odd but here goes!
*I have no appendix (appendicitis)
*I have had 2 hip surgeries (genetics)
*Knee surgery to implant 2 metal staples (hip related)
*Metal plate and screws in ankle (accident)
*Heel manipulation (accident) Basically my heel was shattered into tiny pieces and the doctors could only mold it back to shape and cast it. My heel looks normal again. I do not have a Frankenstein foot! I do have to wear "sensible" shoes because it though.
*I had a cyst removed from the back of my knee when I was little(That one was for KarenM!)
Despite being no stranger to surgeons, I'm good. To all who are curious, I have never made any metal detectors go off. Not even at the airport.

Oct 13th 2006

Tonight my roommate ran over my foot with his car. He was backing out, I didn't realize it, and was looking to talk to my husband behind me, and he backed over my foot. It might not be an oddity, but it does hurt.

Oct 14th 2006 edited

CZJ and others: I saw the Fetus in Fetu show also. Creepy. There is a second one on Discovery or Discovery Health called I am My Own Twin. Same concept.
And on the evolution note: I had only three wisdom teeth, too. My husband: two. My best friend: none. She must be very evolved.

Oct 14th 2006 edited

I Am My Own Twin is not quite the same as fetus in fetu. Some people are born with two complete sets of DNA but only one baby was ever formed in the womb. Two fertilized eggs merge and one body grows... in fetus in fetu, one developing baby absorbs the other, completely. The other people are called chimaeras. Chimaeras almost never find out that they are.

I don't know if I heard about this story from the "Own Twin" show or not, but there was a woman whose son needed a kidney or something; when they took blood samples from her it appeared that the two weren't even related. I won't say that hilarity ensued, but they couldn't really go down the suspicious husband route because the baby had been seen coming out of her body and the kid was definitely his, too. Caused many, many problems. I think the state got involved. Anyway, when they took blood it showed up one DNA but when they did hair samples is was another.

I've wondered since if a girl who went to my high school was a chimaera. She had a streak of very blond hair across the middle of her head, which maybe wouldn't be so strange except that the pattern followed across her face with very light skin. She wasn't freakish looking; if she was coded for two different hair colors they were both in the blond family--and her skin was fair anyway. You'd notice but you could overlook it.

I have all four wisdom teeth in my mouth like regular teeth, but I had a complete set of molars pulled to make room for them. Every dentist I've seen since is annoyed by this (because the x-rays surprise them but they can't put their finger on it until I tell them) but it was explained to me and my parents that it was easier to extract normal teeth and let the wisdom teeth grow in instead of having open jaw wisdom tooth surgery. And it was. I only missed two afternoons of school (they pulled the upper ones and lower ones at different times). I may have been lucky that all the teeth were pointed the right way to grow in. I know sometimes wisdom teeth point in funny directions.

Oct 17th 2006

I swear, I have a pimple on my foot, and it makes me think of you KarenM. I think a hair on my foot became irritated while I was jogging this morning. All day it kind of ached and after a while it felt like I dropped a dumbbell on it or something. I took off my shoe and sock after work and expected to see a big bruise or something, even though I couldn't remember actually dropping anything on it. All I had was this shiny red zit, and when I poked at it, it felt like someone was sticking a knife in it. I don't know what to do about it, but it really hurts.

Oct 17th 2006

Ingrown hair? Too sharp toenail on the neighboring toe?

My pimples don't hurt. I have no advice... just sympathy! Hopefully it won't turn out to be a nest of baby spiders. That's guaranteed to make you hurl.

Oct 17th 2006

Excuse me a moment. I have to go throw up everything I've ever eaten.

Oct 17th 2006

Wow. If you've really ever had a nest of baby spiders hatch on your body, KarenM, I want to hear about it. I mean, I've heard urban legends about it, but I've never actually heard a first-hand account. Do tell. Or lead me to a good Discovery Channel special about it.

Oct 17th 2006

It's a Wayne's World reference. On their list, "The Top Ten Things that Make You Hurl." I believe the #1 item was "when the bump on your face turns out to be a nest of baby spiders." Right after that Garth's mom (the babe) appears in the basement.

I figured with all the SNL fans out here... either I am too oblique or dangerously close to "crying wolf" territory.

Oct 17th 2006

James Gunn calling KarenM....

Oct 17th 2006

OK... huh?

My imposter complex bubbles to the surface. Maybe I'm really not cool enough to be here. Who's James Gunn? And why would he call me? (If James Gunn is the birthday boy host, then my gaffe is unforgivable!)

Oct 17th 2006 edited

I think it's a Slither reference.

James Gunn=Jenna Fischer's filmmaking husband who wrote and directed Slither, a movie about aliens infesting humans (I think they hatched from the people they inhabited, thus the reference)

Oct 17th 2006

Thank you. Now I can go to bed instead of freaking out all night. Not about being infested by aliens--by finding that info on the Internet.

Oct 17th 2006

Yes, KarenM, that was the reference and goodnight; don't let the bedbugs bite. I bet you have a bedbug story to share.

Nov 22nd 2007

Today is bump day. I'm bored, and I'm bumping old threads.

Medical oddities...well, I have been told I have a rather usually large radial-ulnar notch....

If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it's the rounded bone just above(anatomically in prone position) the wrist. I have rather skinny arms, and the bone really sticks out. It usually grosses people out.

Also, perhaps a bit TMI, but when I was a kid, I went tobogganing and I ended up sliding over a piece of wire somehow frozen in the ground and pointing upwards. It tore through my snowsuit, my jeans, my long johns, anda good half inch of my asscheek. So I have about a 4 inch vertical scar on my butt. Now that's what I call bad ass.

*

Nov 22nd 2007

HA!

I'm double jointed.

Well, that actually doesn't exist. It's a myth. Some peoples ligaments are just longer than others, so they can do weird stuff. Anyway, I can (without dislocating my shoulder) bring my arms all the way around my body in a circle, without releasing hands. Also, I can put my leg behind my head and do this thing where I wrap my arm around my head and grab my ear lobe.

Nov 22nd 2007

I can put my leg behind my head and do this thing where I wrap my arm around my head and grab my ear lobe.

You definitely have to take a picture of this and post it in the photoshop thread.

Nov 22nd 2007

I have been told I have a rather usually large radial-ulnar notch....

Hey, me too! Well, I'm not so sure it's unusually large, but it does stick out a lot.

Nov 22nd 2007

I'm not so sure it's unusually large, but it does stick out a lot.

That's what the porn star hopeful said to the casting director.

Nov 22nd 2007

I should've seen that coming... Alas I did not.

Nov 22nd 2007

I should've seen that coming... Alas I did not

That's what the camera man said on the porn set.

Nov 22nd 2007 edited

Aaarrrrgghhh!! Some days you just can't win.

Something on your mind KarenX?

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