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Hello, Internet!

I recently started a new blog series on Sh*t My Cat Does. Honestly, it’s rekindled my love for blogging. I’m planning to keep up this new series, but you know, this blog is called Misfit Musing: A blog about everything in general and nothing in particular.  I’m thinking it’s time for more meat in this creative sandwich.

In the past, I have had a series on food, an odd news segment, several articles on depression and mental health, poetry and other oddball topics.

What do YOU want to read about?

I’m a researcher at heart so I’m not afraid to dig into a subject! I love multimedia blogging so I’ll be happy to include videos, links to all kinds of  interesting content, and of course, photos.

Please leave a comment and feel free to follow this blog to see where it goes!

 

Misfit News 2-28-13

This week’s Misfit News segment begins with a very painful story that may have you thinking twice about riding your bicycle.

Here’s the headline from huffingtonpost.com:

Bike Gets Stuck In Boy’s Anus

And guess what? There’s a video.

OK, so the video doesn’t really show much, but still… Ew, er… Ow? Ew-ow.

A young boy in China is recovering from injuries suffered when his bike seat bent and the rod holding it penetrated his anus, MSNnow.com reported.

Firefighters were able to remove most of the bike, but the rod remained in the anus of the student, whose name has not been released, according to SingaporeSeen.stomp.com.

The child was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance where the medical staff the medical staff removed the bike rod and he was released without serious injury, RocketNews24 reported.

It was a close call, though. One doctor told reporters that the penetrating rod came close to killing the boy, Inquistr.com reported.

I don’t even know what to say, except again, ew-ow.

While we’re talking about weird medical stuff…

I came across an interesting countdown on LiveScience.com:

Most Bizarre Medical Conditions

#8 is Body Integrity Identity Disorder.

Sufferers of a bizarre medical condition called “body integrity identity disorder” (BIID), who are otherwise totally sane, feel as if one of their body parts — their right foot up to the mid-calf, for example — shouldn’t be there. The limb seems horrific and alien, and they can usually draw a line in the exact place where they desperately wish to have it removed.

The neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran recently uncovered the cause of the condition: BIID sufferers are missing part of their body image map in their brains. Their unwanted limb is not correctly mapped onto the corresponding brain region, leaving them feeling extremely uncomfortable with it.

There is currently no cure but for the uncharted limb to be removed, and when a sympathetic surgeon agrees to amputate, BIID sufferers report feeling infinitely happier.

Hm.

#7 is congenital insensitivity to pain. In other words… These people just don’t feel pain! If you think that’s awesome, think again.

Pain is a life-saving physical response to danger, and when people are born with a rare genetic mutation that leaves them unable to feel pain, they often die early deaths as a result of treatable injuries that they simply fail to notice.

It all starts in infancy, when babies born with pain insensitivity bite off the tips of their tongues, break their bones without making a fuss, and get corneal damage after neglecting to brush foreign objects out of their eyes.

Yikes!

#6: Pica

This one really makes me cringe.

Sufferers of pica have an undeniable urge to eat non-food, often as a result of stress, mineral deficiency or pregnancy. The disease has many sub-categories, some weirder and more dangerous than others, to describe people who eat chalk, feces, glass, mucus, paint, body parts, hair, urine, wood and more.

#5: Mass hysteria!!!!!!

As the name implies, this little-understood psychological condition sets in among a group of people — typically a gaggle of young girls — who spontaneously manifest the same or similar hysterical symptoms, such as seizures, convulsions or fainting. Sufferers believe they all have the same disease or illness, but in fact they’re all in good physical health.

Think “Salem Witch Trials.”

#4 is maggot infestation. That’s all that needs to be said about that one.

#3: Morgellon’s disease

There’s a new, extremely weird disease in town. Sufferers of “Morgellon’s disease,” a term coined only one decade ago, feel as if there are things crawling, biting and stinging them below the surface of their skin. Their constant urge to scratch results in insomnia and terrible skin lesions.

In 2012, researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued the results of a multi-year investigation of the unexplained condition; they found that patients had no actual disease organisms under their skin, and suggested their sensations were manifestations of “delusional infestation” — a false feeling of being infected by parasites.

#2 is a weird one: Parasitic twin

When a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate and one embryo dominates the other, the weaker twin stops developing and turns into a “parasitic twin” — a non-functional, non-conscious collection of extra body parts attached to the healthy remaining twin. Sometimes, the healthy twin is born and raised packing this extra weight.

And last, but certainly not least…

Cotard delusion.

Cotard delusion, otherwise known as walking corpse syndrome, is an extremely rare condition whereby people wake up one day and think they have died, that they no longer exist, or that their flesh is rotting off.

It’s all in their head, of course, but there’s a physical cause nonetheless: The brain region involved in facial recognition has become disconnected from the regions involved in emotion. When the person looks in the mirror, they recognize themselves, but they don’t have the usual emotional response. Their appearance has lost its association with their sense of self, and this cognitive dissonance results in the sense that they do not exist, or have died.

Let’s just all be thankful we don’t have bikes in our anuses and are fairly sane and maggot-free.

Until next week!

 

Here’s the thing…

I often have ideas for ramblings, rants, projects, and fun stuff I’d like to blog about. The problem is, there is no way I can make a separate blog for every little fleeting spark of imagination that finds its way into my brain. So, I decided to create a blog that will allow me to dump all my musings into it without being categorized and totally uniform.

School projects, angry opinions, happy hoopla, and everything that I can’t find a fit for elsewhere will (hopefully) make an appearance in this nifty little blog.

Feel free to submit your own misfit musings in the comments. Maybe we can have a healthy debate or a fun little chat!

Ready or not, here it comes…

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