Surgeon Finds Woman's Embryonic Twin in Her Brain



A brain surgeon was operating on a 26-year-old woman to remove what he thought was a brain tumor when he found an extremely rare circumstance: an embryonic twin, or "teratoma," lodged in her brain. The teratoma, complete with hair, teeth and bone, was the mysterious ailment causing Yamini Karanam trouble with reading- and general comprehension.

Karanam was working on a PhD at Indiana University when she noticed the comprehension problems. Frustrated by two doctors whose advice contradicted each other, she found her Los Angeles surgeon, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, through independent research. Shahinian described his minimally invasive procedure to NBC Los Angeles,

"Unlike traditional brain surgery where you open the skull and use metal retractors and you bring a microscope to see in the depths of the brain, what we're doing is keyhole surgery."

The doctor conducts the surgery using fiber-optic technology with digital imagery. A small incision is made into the brain and an endoscope is inserted, which carefully scrapes away at the tumor.

Read more and see a video on this rare medical find, which Karanam jokingly calls her "evil twin," at NBC Los Angeles.

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Baby Horse Cuddles with Woman


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Midway through the encounter, Bayne describes the experience as “the best day ever.” While at the Rapid Run Training Center in Morriston, Florida, she met a foal who was in the mood to cuddle. The foal gently pushed her to the ground, then lay on top of her. Bayne petted as the foal wagged her tail.

Bayne aptly wrote:

Horses have a way about them that touches my soul. Every now and again horse people come across a horse that places a mark on their heart. This one truly touched my heart and soul

-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video)

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Little Girl Born Without Feet Receives Puppy Born Without a Paw

A three-year-old girl born without hands and feet due to a birth defect now has a special new friend, thanks to the forethought and generosity of a South Carolina dog breeder.

Though her family lives in Tennessee, Sapphyre Johnson has been a patient at Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina since she was an infant. Greenville dog breeder Karen Riddle contacted the hospital asking whether they knew of any patients who could benefit from a puppy born without a paw. Though other breeders had advised Riddle to put the puppy down, she felt he was special and had a purpose. The hospital staff paired the white German Shepherd pup, named Lieutenant Dan after the character in Forrest Gump, with Sapphyre and her family. It's been a wonderful match.

While trying to find a patient who would appreciate Lieutenant Dan, hospital employee Elaine Hardin showed a picture of him to Sapphyre. The little girl became animated. Hardin said,

"She said,  'That’s my puppy. He’s just like me.’ He’s a special dog and he’s going to a special child.”

Read more on this touching story and see a gallery of photographs at GreenvilleOnline.

Via: Buzzfeed | Image: @SHCGreenville on Twitter

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Honeymooners Caught in a Fish Tornado


Photos: Jeff Hester/ Caters News Agency / Caters News Facebook page

When honeymooners Teri and Jeff Hester went diving off the Baja California peninsula in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, they found themselves in the middle of an astonishing sight: a "tornado" made of fish!

"We were swimming along and saw a small band of Jacks heading away from us, so we followed them," Jeff told Caters News, "That small band slowly grew bigger and bigger, until out of the distance, this massive fish tornado appeared. I was awestruck. I had never seen anything like that before in my life."

Fish tornado? Now that's a cool school of fish!


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Father and Daughter Find Fox Den Full of Pups on Their Property


Philip Wang owns a home in Princeton, New Jersey on seven acres of property. One day while walking with his daughter Alice, he discovered a fox den and the adorable fox pups pictured here. Philip took these wonderful photos of the litter, which show them at their fuzzy wuzzy, cuddly and inquisitive best.

Now that the babies' eyes have opened and they're alert and exploring their surroundings, they are likely being taught by their elders to hunt. Foxes' first hunting lesson is generally for small rodents, which they catch with a characteristic high jump and pounce. Typically they do their hunting at night. 

How fortunate for the Wang family. There's nothing like a zoology lesson in your backyard, particularly one at this magnitude of cute. 

See more pictures of the baby fox siblings here.  

Images: Philip Wang

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Scooter Loves the Vacuum

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We've seen plenty of dogs that love to be vacuumed, but Scooter proves that pooches aren't the only ones -birds also love the experience. This dirty birdie isn't shy about sharing his passion for the suction too, cooing and rubbing his face on the brush.

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Super Anatomy - Why, You're Nothing But Spandex And Bones!


Super Anatomy by Ed Harrington

To discover what makes a superhero tick you have to go beneath the flashy costumed surface and cut straight to the bone. That's where you'll find the shape of the man, or mutant, you're trying to better understand, and that's where you'll discover how different a superhero's anatomy is from that of an ordinary human. To become a man of X, to transform into an Avenger or evolve into a webhead, now that takes a special kind of being, one who is born to wear the costume...

Give your geeky wardrobe a facelift with this Super Anatomy t-shirt by Ed Harrington, it's a visual lesson in what makes heroes so darn super!

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In 1851, A Man Picked Two Unpickable Locks and Changed Security Forever

In the 1770s, master locksmith Joseph Bramah made quite a few improvements to the security of locks. He was so confident in his inventions that he issued a challenge, written on the lock above: “The artist who can make an instrument that will pick or open this lock shall receive 200 Guineas the moment it is produced.” Another locksmith named Jeremiah Chubb issued a challenge with his own lock, featuring his own innovations. Those two challenges stood against every attempt for a long time -until The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

One of the attendees was A. C. Hobbs, an American locksmith. Back in the states, Hobbs had made a name for himself by showing bank managers that their locks could be easily picked, and convincing them to buy one of his. Hobbs was selling lots of locks this way.

On day one of the exhibition, Hobbs publicly announced that he would pick the Chubb detector lock—the one that stops working if you pick it incorrectly.

Hobbs managed to unlock both locks! Gizmodo has the story of how he did it, and how his feat affected the security business ever since.  -via the Presurfer


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Furore: The Little Italian Beach Hidden in a Fjord

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It’s so picturesque that I want to go there immediately! Furore, a village on Italy’s Amalfi coast, is known for its fjord, which is called the Fiordo. This gorge cuts straight into the rock, bringing a narrow strip of the sea to a lovely sandy beach. The town is hidden inside this rift, which is why Furore is sometimes called the “town that doesn’t exist.” There, at the beach, you can rest in the shade provided by the mountains or cool yourself in the blue water.

If you’re a bit more adventurous, then you can walk across the bridge that connects the two sides, then dive 98 feet from the bridge into the crystal clear water. It hosts an international diving competition. You can see more photos at Amusing Planet.


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Ultimate Drone Save

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A proper drone that can carry a camera is expensive, and so is the camera. Photographer Ryan Chatfield almost lost his in the ocean off Perth, Australia. Almost. The camera was working fine when Chatfield noticed the drone was inexplicably losing altitude. Quick thinking and a fast run saved the day, seconds before disaster. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Obvious Plant's Latest Stunt: Signs About Protecting Cars from Theft



Jeff Wysaski of Obvious Plant (previously), as a benevolent protector of the public interest, recently decided to post some signs at the Glendale Galleria that give handy tips on patrons avoiding their parked cars being robbed of their contents. These tips not only sound like just the ticket, but they're easy and fun to embrace. See all of Wysaski's signs here. -Via Pleated Jeans


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What’s My Starbucks Name?

Try giving your name to Starbucks and see how they mangle it at the generator What’s My Starbucks Name? Created by Justin Hook (or Jolina, as the generator called him), it is a joke based on a couple of sites that document misspellings of names at Starbucks.



You can give them a second chance by clicking “That’s not what I ordered.”

As you can see, there is no getting my name right, but did they have to be so snarky?  -via Laughing Squid


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This Restaurant/Bar Offers 1,440 Different Types of Bloody Marys

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The Wayfarer is a high-end restaurant and bar in New York City. The bar has so many options that you can design a Bloody Mary cocktail from among 1,440 possible permutations. Tony Meverick reports for Thrillist:

Here's the deal: the base price per Bloody Mary is $12, which includes three options from the card. After that, each additional option is 50 cents. First you pick your alcohol (options like vodka, flavored vodka, chili liqueur, and more), then the base (traditional, spicy, tomato water, or the chef's favorite, Green Juice), then you choose what goes on the rim (things like poppy and sesame seed, paprika, celery salt, salt and pepper, and more), and finally, the topping (shrimp, jerky, roasted tomato, cheddar cheese, pork rind, and more). In other words, you'll probably have to have more than one to truly experience such freedom.

But I can find no evidence that you can get a Bloody Mary that includes an entire deep fried chicken. This seems like a serious oversight for a restaurant that wants to set itself apart from the proles.

P.S. This is how you mix a Miss Cellania:

1/2 cup of espresso
2 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. Tia Maria

Serve hot, then run away as fast as you can.

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Batman and Superman Discuss the New Teaser Trailer

Superman and Batman are enjoying a coffee break together and discuss the finer points of the new teaser trailer that’s got everyone so enraptured. Do they get along? Like siblings!

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This is from the folks at How It Should Have Ended. -via Tastefully Offensive


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10 Reasons Jackie Chan Is Pretty Freaking Awesome

Jackie Chan is a great kung fu actor who is totally charming, but if you aren't a huge fan (or even if you are), this Top Tenz list might just make you love him even more. Aside from facts about his skills as a stuntman and martial artist, the list gives you a good idea of why Jackie Chan is just a good guy all around. For example, he's setting a great example by not only refusing to eat shark fin soup, but also by making others decide not to as well.


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10 Hilariously Cheesy Fast Food Training Videos

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Working in the fast food industry means having the worst experiences with customers, feeling underappreciated, and discovering that you no longer like fast food because you're around it all the time.

A new hire's journey into the depths of Kentucky Fried madness started with a simple training video, a cheesy video entree that made new employees feel like dipping their heads in the fryer!

1. Hardee's "Your Reputation Is On The Line" (1988)-

Hardee's has a reputation for making high quality hamburgers quickly, so their employees are expected to put their reputations on the line every time they hand a burger to a hungry person.

As a new employee of Hardee's you're expected to follow sequence in order to preserve your reputation because "when we don't follow sequence we tend to get lost". Wait, is Hardee's actually a cult?

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2. McDonald's "Clean It" (1984)-

When you want to encourage your employees to keep their McDonald's location spotless you offer up an incentive, and in the 80s the best(?) incentive was a visit from Michael Jackson!

Sadly, these employees never got to meet the real MJ, only a sad imitator who, admittedly, has some serious moonwalking skills and a sweet sparkly jumpsuit. Where's Ronald when you need him?

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102-Year-Old Woman Watches Footage of Herself Dancing For the First Time

Alice Barker watches herself dance in footage from 1943

Get out the tissues, this one is a tear(s of joy)-jerker.

In the 1930s and 40s, Alice Barker danced in a chorus line during the Harlem Renaissance. For her 102nd birthday, David Shuff got hold of the videos of her performing and showed them to her at her nursing home.

There's a first time for everything, and this is Alice's first time watching herself dance on film. The footage alone is 70+ years old!

Watch, she still wants to get up and dance:

She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

Amazing. 

Read the entire story over at Mashable, where you can find out how to send Ms. Barker some snail mail. I suggest you do.


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Ice Cream Planet - A World Full Of Drips


Ice Cream Planet by BadOdds

People are always saying their planet is the coolest, but the Ice Cream Planet has quantifiable proof that it's the coolest! However, the beings that live on that frozen confection planet aren't happy with their homeworld, and they have to bathe three times a day just to keep from sticking to the furniture! They long for a planet covered in dirt, a world where the sky doesn't rain sprinkles and hot fudge down upon them, but those tyrants who live in the cherry on top ignore the pleas of the people...

Add some sweet sci-fi flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Ice Cream Planet t-shirt by BadOdds, it'll make your life a bit more delicious!

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Cool Cosplay from Star Wars Celebration



Star Wars Celebration has been a cause for cosplay, and the con attendees definitely brought it. Photographer Davann Srey was in Anaheim at the Celebration for the weekend, and he made some colorful captures. From the straight stories to the mashups, feast your eyes on the best of the best in this article. 

Images credit: Davann Srey



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Night Terrors

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Scoot over and don't hog the covers, kid. And could you check under the bed and in the closet just one more time?

In just 10 hours, I can be safely at work where the lungless human head of doom can't reach me. I think.


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Singing in an MRI

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Normally, you have to stay absolutely still during an MRI, but in this research scan, scientists wanted to study the movements of the head and throat muscles during singing. The overall goal of the research is to see if singing in a group chorus can help people in retirement homes build stronger voices. To do this at all, a team of an electrical engineers developed a scanner that would record 100 frames a second -ten times the normal rate. Enjoy this volunteer singing an appropriate song, and then go to mental_floss to read about the research involved.


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The Colors of Star Wars

Hyo Taek Kim is an artist and graphic designer who has gained a lot of attention for creating minimal representations of famous movies by displaying their dominant color schemes. Most recently, Kim showed us the colors of Disney animated movies. Now he’s done the same work with the 6 Star Wars movies and the trailer for the upcoming The Force Awakens. You can see them all here.


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Five Vintage Appliances That Could Have Killed You



A number of older adults reminisce about "back in the day," when kids went outside for hours getting real exercise instead of smart phone finger workouts. Yet there were definitely some drawbacks to those halcyon days. One little peccadillo of the times was a hazardous substance or ten used in manufacturing. 

In this case, we're talking asbestos. Even the tiniest specks of asbestos cause a cancer called mesothelioma, and the blow dryers of old were full of the fibrous mineral. Popular manufacturers of hairdryers such as General Electric and Conair advertised the force of air that conveniently and quickly dried the hair of their customers. It also had the unadvertised bonus of asbestos particles continually being blown in their faces. Though a recall was issued in 1979, it was unsuccessful for the most part. Only an estimated three million of 18 million blowdryers were recovered.

Read about other vintage appliances that could have done people in here. 

Image: Till Niermann


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Cotton Candy French Fries Exist

(Photo: Sticky’s Finger Joint)

Therefore rejoice! Sticky’s Finger Joint, a 2-shop chicken fingers chain in New York City, offers this ingenious meal that combines the sweetness of cotton candy and the saltiness of fresh French fries. Special orders feature caramel sauce, Pop Rocks, and happiness. It’s everything that you could hope for in a nutritious meal.

-via Foodiggity

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Quadruple Rainbow

It’s a good thing the Double Rainbow Guy wasn’t around for this, or he’d have been totallyoverwhelmed in a paroxysm of rapture. Amanda Curtis took a picture of a quadruple rainbow! She spotted it on her morning commute from Long Island into New York Tuesday. You should take a look at the Twitter post just for all the news outlets immediately asking for permission to use it. Although we haven’t seen any other pictures with this many rainbows, New Yorkers did get quite a few lovely rainbow pictures, which you can see at Mashable.


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19th Century Acquaintance Cards Were the Pick-Up Lines of a Lost Age

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It’s Tinder from the Gilded Age. You want to chat up a girl? You can drop a nice line on her or you can just slip her a card. Back in the 1870s and 1880s in the United States, gentlemen would offer these cards to ladies they found attractive. Often they consisted of formal invitations of acquaintanceship or offers to escort a lady home, which is why they were sometimes called "escort cards."

(Photo: Alan Mays)

Some men offered to escort ladies at great peril. They subtly boasted of their virile courage, saying that they would take risks to enjoy such esteemed company.

(Photo: Alan Mays)

Others were downright risqué. Mr. Krout, for example, offers this card-sized résumé of amorous abilities, which he offers to demonstrate confidentially. This may repel ladies of quality. But when advertising your services, it be helpful to state exactly what you have to offer. You will attract the right sort of customer.

These three cards come from Alan Mays's massive photo gallery of acquaintance cards. Peruse and take notes--you may find something useful.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


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It's like the '90s again: The Complete Eightball 1-18 comics anthology by Daniel Clowes

Eightball

In the 1990s, back when I published a paper zine and was dating an artist/comic book store employee, I got hooked on Eightball by Daniel Clowes. This comic anthology, originally published from 1989 to 1997, is still one of my all-time favorites and, everytime I flip through them, I always find cool details I hadn't seen before. 

You can imagine I was thrilled to find out that Fantagraphics is releasing The Complete Eightball 1-18 on June 21, 2015. 

[And, if you didn't know, Eightball featured Ghost World the graphic novel which became Ghost World the movie.] 

Over at Flickr, there are several preview images. Take a look. Better yet, just pre-order the 2-volume set already.

Ghost World


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Are You Ready for Ben & Jerry's Beer?

Ben & Jerry's featured a beer-flavored ice cream in their recipe book, but now they're taking it a step further by partnering with New Belguim to create a beer that's flavored like ice cream. Specifically, their new flavor will mimick their Salted Caramel Blondie flavor and will be called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.

Of course, in yet another example of "this is why adults can't have nice things," some groups are already up in arms, claiming that the company is obviously marketing to children and showing them that beer is just one step away from children. I can't wait to hear what they say when B&J releases the marijuana-infused ice cream they're planning to sell in states where the drug has been legalized.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Too Many Eyes- Monster Vision


Too Many Eyes by JARHUMOR

Johnny had an uneasy feeling as he walked home from the midnight monster movie double feature, and who could blame him? It was so dark it seemed like there were no stars in the sky, and everybody had long since gone home and retired to bed, leaving the streets devoid of human life. Johnny had decided to take a shortcut through an alley so he could get home faster, but as soon as he hit the even darker alleyway he knew he'd made a mistake. At first it felt like someone was watching him, their eyes boring into his back and making the hair on the back of his neck stand up, and then he heard the wet sound of something sinister shambling out from behind a dumpster...

Scare up some smiles with this Too Many Eyes t-shirt by JARHUMOR, it's the perfect attire whether you're enjoying a night out on the town or simply enjoying your favorite monster movie at home.

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Loch Ness Monster Captured on Google Street View

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See that spot on the water? Yes, now we have definitive, scientific proof that a giant swimming cryptid has indeed made her home in the deep water of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

Google placed a panoramic camera to a boat to map the lake and took underwater shots for Nessie, who usually travels submersed. You can explore them here. Google does a very thorough job of anything it attempts, so it was perhaps inevitable that it would spot Nessie herself (warning: auto-start video).

-via Geekologie


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