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2022-01-14 10:12:34 AM  
But I'm using it right now.
 
2022-01-14 11:35:25 AM  
Actually, having to have your appendix and often your tonsils removed was fairly standard for remote outposts where medical care can be hard to find. Appendicitis is dangerous and can kill. The easiest way to prevent it is an appendectomy, but the side effects are bad enough that you usually only do it if the appendix is causing an issue. Diane Fossey had hers removed in order to go study gorillas because her advisor, Louis Leakey, didn't want to bring her along on a research trip to the Congo if she still had it.
 
2022-01-14 12:04:21 PM  
Im gonna go ahead and kill myself before I head down there, just to be safe.
 
2022-01-14 12:08:01 PM  
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2022-01-14 12:08:57 PM  
Don't forget to bring some gum!

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\yes, it's real.
 
2022-01-14 12:10:34 PM  
The movie Cast Away taught me you should remove all your teeth first, too.
 
2022-01-14 12:15:23 PM  
Not really all that strangiato, considering.

Still, I don't foresee a rush of people getting their appendices removed.
 
2022-01-14 12:21:17 PM  
Psssht, just be prepared to do it yourself.  Leonid Rogozov was up to the task.

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2022-01-14 12:23:44 PM  
It was pink and perfect and I threw it in the garbage...
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2022-01-14 12:30:52 PM  
literally have their appendix removed before settling there,

oh, I thought they had to do it themselves, while everyone else watched, and jiggled the table.
 
2022-01-14 12:41:32 PM  
Never turn your back on an appendix!
 
2022-01-14 1:16:42 PM  

greentea1985: Actually, having to have your appendix and often your tonsils removed was fairly standard for remote outposts where medical care can be hard to find. Appendicitis is dangerous and can kill. The easiest way to prevent it is an appendectomy, but the side effects are bad enough that you usually only do it if the appendix is causing an issue. Diane Fossey had hers removed in order to go study gorillas because her advisor, Louis Leakey, didn't want to bring her along on a research trip to the Congo if she still had it.


Actually in that specific case the reasoning was different. Leakey believed that mountain gorillas could sniff out a human appendix and then rip the human open and eat it, which obviously would kill the human. This is very similar to how great white sharks are killed by orcas for their liver. It's a delicacy, and super delicious treat for them.
 
2022-01-14 1:28:20 PM  
And you thought mask mandates were bad.
 
2022-01-14 1:58:15 PM  
Having been there, they may be exaggerating a few things. Traveling to Bellinghausen means crossing the dirt road - the three buildings in the upper right corner of the bottom picture are part of it.  And it's not hitting -70 on that island.  "Civilian" also means "family of the military assigned to the base" as far as actually living there.
 
2022-01-14 3:17:36 PM  
Submariners get their wisdom teeth pulled prior to deployment.
 
2022-01-14 4:11:06 PM  
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2022-01-14 11:01:06 PM  
Pay a surgeon to live there. With all the crap we're learning about how important our crap systems are, and the fact that the appendix might be there to jump start our crap systems in an emergency, don't remove them prematurely.
 
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