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Doctors Stumped by Child's Illness, But Mom Successfully Diagnosed Her

Doctors couldn't figure out why 15-year old Hayley Lairmore had agonizing stomach aches. So her mother went online, did some research, and hypothesized that her daughter had a heard ailment called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS):

Doctors and top specialists in the Los Angeles area were unable to find a cause for the girl’s pain, and one recommended that she see a psychiatrist. A gastroenterologist prescribed such strong laxatives that Hayley had to wear a toddler pullup during the half-hour drive from the family’s home in Arrowhead Lake, Calif., to the doctor.

Seven months after Hayley’s symptoms started, the doctors admitted they didn’t know what was wrong. But Christine Lairmore spent hours online trying to find information that would help her child, although she says she is not computer-savvy. One night, she came across a chat room in which a teen girl was discussing a condition called POTS. And after more links, more clicks and a YouTube video of a girl talking about all-too-familiar-sounding symptoms, Lairmore ultimately got hooked up with the Mayo Clinic.

Now that she's getting the correct treatment, Hayley is on the mend and regaining weight.

Link via Digg | Photo by Flickr user csc4u used under Creative Commons license

A Marxist Deconstruction of the Itsy Bitsy Spider

Cartoonist Natalie Dee examined the socioeconomic commentary expressed in the lyrics of the children's song "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Two more images at the link.

Link via reddit

The Periodic Table of Smellements
They Set Our Castle on Fire!

World's Largest Pinata

The world's largest pinata was recently constructed in Philadelphia, breaking a Guiness World's Record. It was 94 feet long, 24 feet wide, 60 feet high, and was stuffed with 8,000 pounds of candy. A wrecking ball was used to crack it open. via Geekologie

ZombieHarmony: A Dating Site for the Undead

Tired of chasing and feeding on the living alone?  Need someone to share the apocalypse with?  Sign up for a free account with ZombieHarmony.

Link via Double Plus Undead

Every "He's Dead, Jim" Line from Classic Star Trek

[Video Link] Dr. McCoy's classic line, plus a few contributions from Spock and Uhura. 41 seconds long. via Ace

It's Like Law & Order, But With Chickens

[Video Link] Like most people, I wake up in the morning and think: why hasn't our advanced civiliation created a chicken version of Law & Order.  I mean, like, there's every other variety of Law & Order spinoff, right?

Well, the new age has finally dawned, thanks to the brave entrepreneurs at Robot Chicken. About 2 minutes long.

The Politics of Philosophical Destruction

[YouTube Link] A vicious attack ad against Immanuel Kant.  56 sec.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ

"Who's on First?" With Yoda and JarJar Binks

It's the classic Abbott and Constello sketch about baseball, but with Master Yoda and JarJar Binks from Star Wars.

[YouTube Link]

Hat tip to Ken Hagler

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