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(New York Daily News)   Most people would go crazy if they found a flea in their foot. Not this doctorate student, she left a flea in her foot for two months so she could study it   (m.nydailynews.com) divider line 46
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2013-11-13 08:58:44 PM
And then she died of plague, the end.
 
2013-11-13 09:01:52 PM
I wanna party with this chick
 
2013-11-13 09:06:06 PM
In?
 
2013-11-13 09:06:52 PM
There was an entymologist that came back from Africa recently with some kind of bot fly that he hatched out.  Disgusting.
 
2013-11-13 09:09:55 PM
Is it odd that I didn't want to see a picture of it, yet was disappointed that there wasn't a picture of it?
 
2013-11-13 09:10:57 PM
These people are also nuts.

Not safe for lunch.
 
2013-11-13 09:31:19 PM
I wouldn't flea from her bed.
 
2013-11-13 09:50:50 PM
Do a GIS for sand flea infection. You won't be sorry.
 
2013-11-13 10:50:17 PM
Isn't this a...fleapeat?
 
2013-11-13 10:52:39 PM

I want your skull: Do a GIS for sand flea infection. You won't be sorry.


www.merckmanuals.com
NSFW?
 
2013-11-13 10:56:37 PM
Sounds hot.
 
2013-11-13 10:58:58 PM

bighairyguy: And then she died of plague, the end.


Wrong type of flea.  And I doubt Germany is completely devoid of penicillin.


Also, Newton did not "stab[sic] himself in the eye with a needle to see what would happen".  He inserted a blunt knitting needle between his eyeball and the orbit of the eye to distort the shape of the eyeball and see if it affected his vision (it did).  He deliberately stuck the needle in the gap and then methodically treated it like a joystick.  I would argue this is an entirely different galaxy of WTF compared to the implied "he shot his eye in Reno, just to watch it die".
 
433 [TotalFark]
2013-11-13 11:01:17 PM
FTFA: At first there were no problems, but Thielecke released [sic] the flea was discharging a liquid which caused her foot to become sore and hindered her walking.

Ouch.
This young lady is pretty amazing.  And amazingly pretty, too!
I wonder how many times she had to suppress the urge to freak out.
 
2013-11-13 11:01:51 PM

ausfahrk: Isn't this a...fleapeat?


No, there was a story a while back about some demented fool who got a guinea worm or somesuch while researching in Africa and left it in so he could document its development.

Let us fly, said the flea
Let us flee, said the fly
 
2013-11-13 11:02:03 PM

Marcus Aurelius: These people are also nuts.

Not safe for lunch.


That's kinda cool (though I think I'll stay away from them.)

My friend is a scientist who studies microbes and such. We talk often and she mentioned casually that she has a bad infection on her hand, I got a bit worried but as she continued she started smiling. "My (lab boss) said that I can swab it and study it on Friday! :D "

It was adorable :P
 
2013-11-13 11:03:19 PM
I dunno. He's a pretty good bassist but I don't think I'd let him live in my foot.
 
2013-11-13 11:03:20 PM
Well, that's enough internet for today.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2013-11-13 11:03:54 PM

phalamir: I would argue this is an entirely different galaxy of WTF compared to the implied "he shot his eye in Reno, just to watch it die".


Oh my god, dude, thank you for the clarification, and for making me laugh out loud!  You're getting favorited over it.
 
2013-11-13 11:05:07 PM
That's nothing I once had Maggot Brain.
 
2013-11-13 11:08:28 PM
*scans headline*


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2013-11-13 11:11:05 PM

Carn: Well, that's enough internet for today.


What, no Rule 34?
 
2013-11-13 11:22:07 PM

whidbey: Carn: Well, that's enough internet for today.

What, no Rule 34?


Well, we are dealing with Germans...
 
2013-11-13 11:31:52 PM
When it's that hard to come up with a thesis topic, maybe you should switch majors?
 
2013-11-13 11:32:05 PM

ausfahrk: Isn't this a...fleapeat?


I don't know about Fark, but it was on Slashdot a few days ago.
 
2013-11-13 11:32:05 PM

phalamir: Also, Newton did not "stab[sic] himself in the eye with a needle to see what would happen". He inserted a blunt knitting needle between his eyeball and the orbit of the eye to distort the shape of the eyeball and see if it affected his vision (it did). He deliberately stuck the needle in the gap and then methodically treated it like a joystick.


You can do the same thing with your finger.  It doesn't require leaving knitting needles in there.  Same as with this chick, we already know what happens.  You don't need to conduct your own experiments.  Attention whore or just stupid?  That's right, Whynotboth?
 
2013-11-13 11:35:22 PM
I'd hit it...with some Raid.
 
2013-11-13 11:35:43 PM
cdn3.whatculture.com

Approves
 
2013-11-13 11:39:26 PM
For most people, finding a flea in your foot would induce panic, terror and probably a little nausea.

Most people must be gigantic pussies. Used to have a dog with terrible flea problems when I was a kid. They were all over the the carpet in our garage/TV room. After an hour watching TV out there I'd pull up my pant leg to find my socks covered with dozens of fleas. I'd just pick them off and go about my business.
 
2013-11-13 11:43:21 PM
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Subby, I believe you mean "Doctoral student". not "Doctorate student".

Ex: The Doctoral dissertation is what you present to earn a Doctorate degree in whatever your field of study is.
 
2013-11-13 11:48:43 PM
I'll talk to you guys later....I'm going to put a Brown Recluse Spider on my bean bag.
 
2013-11-13 11:54:31 PM
Realized... not released. *sigh
 
2013-11-13 11:57:08 PM

fusillade762: For most people, finding a flea in your foot would induce panic, terror and probably a little nausea.

Most people must be gigantic pussies. Used to have a dog with terrible flea problems when I was a kid. They were all over the the carpet in our garage/TV room. After an hour watching TV out there I'd pull up my pant leg to find my socks covered with dozens of fleas. I'd just pick them off and go about my business.


Had that too. Best way to deal with it is to put a desk lamp in every room, turn it over a bowl of soapy water (the heat attracts fleas, the soap breaks down surface tension), the fleas jump at the light and fall into the water and drown. After a week, bomb the house (reduces total number of fleas, thus the number who might be immune to poison). Took 18 days to completely rid the house, without another infestation until we moved 2 years later.
 
2013-11-14 12:09:12 AM
If you boink her you should, also, get credit for boinking the flea?
 
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2013-11-14 12:50:08 AM
I'm surprised fleas live longer than a few days. I know they make babies really quickly so that's why they are so hard to get rid of, but I was under the impression that as individuals, they didn't love long.

That being said, a very strange experiment, and disgusting, but hey, this girl got the attention she wanted.
 
2013-11-14 01:07:59 AM

Johnsnownw: They should really specify what kind of flea. Because no dog or cat related flea is going to stick around for 2 months.


Nice try.
 
2013-11-14 01:11:04 AM

Brainsick: [mizzbree.files.wordpress.com image 180x180]
Subby, I believe you mean "Doctoral student". not "Doctorate student".

Ex: The Doctoral dissertation is what you present to earn a Doctorate degree in whatever your field of study is.


Knew it was coming, thank you.

//farking  you you ...just forget about it
 
2013-11-14 01:26:31 AM
Funny the article gives a half assed mention to Warren and Marshall, who cracked the code on stomach ulcers.  For centuries, the medical community believed (and lots of people still think this) that things like stress and diet cause most ulcers.

They got the idea that maybe it was a bacterial infection on the upper GI tract, and were laughed at.  So Marshal drank a beaker full of H. Pylori and lo and behold, had an ulcer within a month.   And cured himself not with milk and traditional treatments but with antibiotics.  It was such a shock that people actually did trials and validated the cause.  Medicine was wrong, ulcers were (usually) bacterial infections.  This was in .. 1984?

He got the Nobel Prize in Medicine for that one.

I nearly died of a burst peptic ulcer, along with God, I have Marshal, antibiotics, and a damn good vascular surgeon to thank.
 
2013-11-14 01:46:41 AM
The doctors and scientist that were trying to figure out what was causing Pellagra where doing more than logging guest.

They stepped up to the plate and did everything imaginable to rule out the possibilities to get down to discovering a vitamin deficiency.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra
 
2013-11-14 02:12:48 AM
Huh. Character on Bones this week was letting a botfly larva live in his neck.
 
2013-11-14 02:33:07 AM

phalamir: bighairyguy: And then she died of plague, the end.

Wrong type of flea.  And I doubt Germany is completely devoid of penicillin.


Also, Newton did not "stab[sic] himself in the eye with a needle to see what would happen".  He inserted a blunt knitting needle between his eyeball and the orbit of the eye to distort the shape of the eyeball and see if it affected his vision (it did).  He deliberately stuck the needle in the gap and then methodically treated it like a joystick.  I would argue this is an entirely different galaxy of WTF compared to the implied "he shot his eye in Reno, just to watch it die".


So Newton is a "genius"? Some stupid eyeball stabbin' F#$K gets bonked on the head by an apple, and he "discovers" gravity. "scuse me while I kiss this guy". He ain't got shiat on his brother Figby, who discovered the cookie!.
 
2013-11-14 02:34:47 AM

DrunkWithImpotence: Funny the article gives a half assed mention to Warren and Marshall, who cracked the code on stomach ulcers.  For centuries, the medical community believed (and lots of people still think this) that things like stress and diet cause most ulcers.

They got the idea that maybe it was a bacterial infection on the upper GI tract, and were laughed at.  So Marshal drank a beaker full of H. Pylori and lo and behold, had an ulcer within a month.   And cured himself not with milk and traditional treatments but with antibiotics.  It was such a shock that people actually did trials and validated the cause.  Medicine was wrong, ulcers were (usually) bacterial infections.  This was in .. 1984?

He got the Nobel Prize in Medicine for that one.

I nearly died of a burst peptic ulcer, along with God, I have Marshal, antibiotics, and a damn good vascular surgeon to thank.


I read about that in the late 80's in one of the "Awesome Discoveries of Science!"-type magazines my dad used to get us.  Fast-forward to 1993, when the only question I missed on the final for my high-school health class was "What causes ulcers? - [A] Stress Gay Porn [C] Taking the Lord's Name in Vain or [D] Other".  When they won the Nobel Prize I actually tried to look up the teacher to say I told you so, but he was long retired or dead by then.
 
2013-11-14 03:11:07 AM
I have a brother who's a PhD candidate in neuroscience. He's been carrying around his own brain for years.
 
2013-11-14 08:51:51 AM
And I leave you all with my brilliant analysis of this story:

Ewwwwwwww!!!!!!
 
2013-11-14 10:40:20 AM
Peter: Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?

 Egon: That would've worked if you hadn't stopped me.
 
2013-11-14 11:21:03 AM
Just saw this on Bones.  Hodgins is such a nut.

PS.  It was gross.
 
2013-11-14 07:45:36 PM
Oh. German.  That explains a lot.
 
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