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(Huffington Post)   Scientists claim appendix may provide useful functions, besides being source for overlong adaptations of The Hobbit   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 25
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2013-02-18 02:13:06 PM
You couldn't have told me that a month and half ago before the doctors took mine out?

/actually, I did know about that "safe-house" hypothesis
 
2013-02-18 02:15:31 PM
Well done subby, well done.
 
2013-02-18 02:34:26 PM
Mine tried to murder me, I don't care what it's good at.
 
2013-02-18 02:34:46 PM
I'll have to party like its 1999.

been  appendixless and i feel fine
 
2013-02-18 02:37:13 PM
Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.
 
2013-02-18 02:43:38 PM

ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.


Where exactly is your appendix?
 
2013-02-18 02:46:33 PM
Image in TFA looks like a penis sticking its tongue out at me.
 
2013-02-18 02:49:45 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Mine tried to murder me, I don't care what it's good at.


Mine told the doctor it was just a case of heavy drinking during dorm move-in week, damn near got me.
 
2013-02-18 02:52:42 PM
Great headline, golf clap subby
 
2013-02-18 03:11:34 PM
Then we could always discuss the Simerillian.
 
2013-02-18 03:45:15 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Mine tried to murder me, I don't care what it's good at.


You too?  Mine burst on Christmas Morning '87.  Took several hours before my folks realized I needed to go to the ER.  Doc said another hour it would have been too late, as it was took a week in the hospital before I could go home. Another month of R&R before I could go back to school.

/has a lovely 3 inch scar to remind him
 
2013-02-18 04:17:42 PM

ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.


Thoracic?
 
2013-02-18 04:25:13 PM

Yakivegas: ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.

Where exactly is your appendix?


Next to my glossary, apparently.

Parthenogenetic: ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.

Thoracic?


That's what spell-check says it is.
 
2013-02-18 04:34:03 PM
Odd... the thorax is the third body segment in insects (furthest away from the head) yet thoracic surgeons deal with chest area issues (heart & lungs) which are closer to the head than the intestines.
 
2013-02-18 04:41:57 PM

ZMugg: Parthenogenetic: ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.

Thoracic?

That's what spell-check says it is.


Not sure if trolling, but...

The appendix is in the abdomen.

Thoracic surgeons tend to specialize in surgery of the structures that reside in the thorax - heart, lungs, aorta, esophagus, etc.

/pedant mode off
 
2013-02-18 04:51:15 PM

Im_Gumby: Odd... the thorax is the third body segment in insects (furthest away from the head) yet thoracic surgeons deal with chest area issues (heart & lungs) which are closer to the head than the intestines.




D'oh... strike that. Reverse it. My bad.
 
2013-02-18 04:53:30 PM
Every two years you hear about how the appendix is useful
 
2013-02-18 04:54:06 PM

Yakivegas: ZMugg: Everyone knows the appendix is there to put thoracic surgeon's kids through college.

Silly scientists.

Where exactly is your appendix?


Well, the surgeon's kids can't reach that high
 
2013-02-18 05:47:26 PM

Mr_H: HotWingConspiracy: Mine tried to murder me, I don't care what it's good at..

/has a lovely 3 inch scar to remind him


i had mine out when I was ten so I have the scar but it is a sad tale.  I was experiencing sharp pains in my right side so bad it was making me cry. So mother took me to a doctor and the doctor said "OMG OMG his appendix is going to blow get him to the hospital." Now this was in the bad old days when having this type of operation meant you got knocked out for a day while they operated. So the anesthesiologist knocks me out one night and I wake up the next morning in recovery room. The first thing I see the doctor and he says to me, "well I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? I say the bad news. "Well," he says, "the bad news is that there was nothing wrong with your appendix. You actually have a severe infection of the lymph nodes, viral, so you we are going to give you some narcotics to take to relieve the pain but it will have to get better on its own." So I wanted to know what the good news was, "well, the good news is that since we already had you on the table and opened up we removed your appendix anyway. You don't need it. If you want, we can put it in a jar for you as a souvenir."

Yes, that's correct, these so called medical professionals removed a perfectly good appendix from my body for no other reason than a whimsey and then had the gall to offer it back to me in a jar. Even at ten I wanted my mom to sue the pants off of these jokers and this was before the lawsuit craze. And then people wonder why I hate doctors.
 
2013-02-18 06:31:01 PM

worlddan: Yes, that's correct, these so called medical professionals removed a perfectly good appendix from my body for no other reason than a whimsey and then had the gall to offer it back to me in a jar.


To be fair, in the old days it was considered a potential time bomb that served no purpose other than murdering you out of the blue.
 
2013-02-18 07:20:41 PM
Appendix free since 2006. I think i read the Silmarillion just before that.
 
2013-02-18 07:48:53 PM
The appendix can be used to make a conduit from the bladder through the belly button

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitrofanoff_appendicovesicostomy
 
2013-02-18 08:15:39 PM
Mine tried to take me out about 4 months ago. Laparoscopic, still waiting for the weird patch thing to finish dissolving.

/sit-ups are weird still
 
2013-02-18 08:50:49 PM
Mine tried to kill me two days before Christmas. I say "lalalala" at these reports.
 
2013-02-18 10:23:24 PM
Are any surgeons doing alternate procedures like cleaning out an infected appendix rather than doing the chop, chop?
 
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