A fascinating and in-depth article/photo essay about a woman who has been fitted with a silicone "face" 11 years after an accidental shotgun blast blew away much of her face.
Police in New Zealand who stopped a man after he was spotted swerving on a road discovered just how drunk he was when a gave a sample of breath that exceeded the limit of the breathalyser.
The breathalyser was unable to give a reading because it only measured blood alcohol levels up to 2000mcg.
The man was blood tested, recording 2290mcg, nearly six times over the legal limit. [via]
A Polish man is facing up to 10 years in prison for biting off his friend's penis during a row. And not only did man bite off the penis, he swallowed it too!
These x-rays show a man who swallowed a four-inch long pair of nail scissors. How did he manage it? He was using them to clean his teeth!
Surgeons successfully removed the scissors. Link
At 57, Ronnie and Donnie are the world’s oldest conjoined twins.
When they were born in 1951, doctors didn't think that they would survive the night, but they have managed to live extraordinary lives together.
The Sun has the full story and if you are in the UK you can watch a documentary about them on Channel 5 on March 18th.
Here's the evidence.
This is what a woman who is about to drop 8 sprogs looks like. [via]
Isobel Varley has spent the last 20 years (500 hours) tattooing her body and according to her website she is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most 'World's most senior tattooed woman'.
'I got my first ever tattoo in 1986 at 49 years old. Originally, I was only ever going to have one - a small bird - but I fell in love with it, and developed an addiction.' [via]
I can imagine that not even x-ray technicians see stuff like this everyday. This X-ray shows how, during a fall, a car key penetrated the eyelid of 17-month-old Nicholas Holderman of Kentucky, reaching his brain. While doctors initially believed that the object had ruptured Nicholas' eyeball, another team of specialists later confirmed that the boy had sustained no permanent damage. [via]
An Australian woman who was undergoing stomach surgery, woke up halfway through but was unable to alert doctors.
Rebecca Jones, 24, said she could feel every cut of the surgeon's knife during the operation last month but was unable to scream or open her eyes. She was able to move a hand but the movement was ignored.
She is considering legal action. Link
A San Francisco artist, who lost an eye in a 2005 car accident, wants to replace her missing eye with a Web cam, and experts think it could be possible.
Anyone for brain piercing? The aim of this extremely dangerous procedure is to invoke a feeling of euphoria by drilling small holes in your skull and then passing a metal ring through your brain tissue.
The whole procedure is carried under an anesthesia and after the ring is passed, it does not cause any pain. If you can find someone to do the procedure you can expect to pay around $1,000.
If you are not a fan of going to the dentist, you should be grateful that you don't have to go to one of these.
Doctors in Colombia are trying to determine how an 11-month-old baby is already the weight of an average eight-year-old.
He has had several medical examinations carried out which suggest he may have a problem with his endocrine system. A cardiogram test has shown that he has the bones of an eight-year-old boy.
More photos here.
Definitely not one for the squeamish.
Update: This video of a homeless man with a maggot infested leg could be worse.
A secondary school in Thailand's impoverished north-east has three sets of toilets. One for the boys, one for the girls and one for the boys who want to be girls.
The headteacher, Sitisak Sumontha, estimates that in any year between 10% and 20% of his boys consider themselves to be transgender.
The introduction of the new toilets was welcomed by the transgender boys, who must wear boys' uniforms, but can use feminine accessories. [Link w/ video]
A baby in China has had an extra penis removed from his back. The child was born with the extra penis in Tianjin Childrens' Hospital in China's Henan province and was a result of fetus in fetu.
Doctors, who spent over three hours removing the extra penis on June 6, said he was fine following surgery.
Link (w/ image)
Six weird sounding diseases that you don't want including Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Exploding Head Syndrome and Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder.
A Russian woman with a gigantic 125lb belly has undergone surgery to have it removed.
A father and his 31-year-old daughter have revealed on Australian TV that they are in a relationship and have a daughter together. The couple who had previously been found guilty of incest, had also another child together but it died.
This Australian news site has a short video interview with the couple and has posted a full transcript of the interview.
This video is almost unbelievable. Using a 're-generative' powder made from pig's bladders, a man has regrown the tip of a finger that he lost 3 years ago. A transcript of the video is here.
French doctors had already succeeded in performing the world's first partial face transplant back in 2005 and they have now succeeded in performing the world's first full-dace transplant.
Pascal Coler - a modern-day Elephant Man - had been horribly disfigured by Von Recklinghausen's disease, a rare genetic disorder.
The controversial operation, which involved replacing Mr Coler's face with that of a dead donor, took 16 hours, and required tissues, nerves, arteries and veins being attached to the patient's face.
The operation has revolutionised his life and a year after the surgery, Mr Coler is now free of the disease that at the age of six saw tumours begin to grow on his face.
The Daily Mail has more photos.
A French court has rejected a request from a 52-year-old severely disfigured woman for the right to die.
The coiurt decided to side with the prosecution which argued current legislation does not allow Chantal Sebire's doctor to prescribe lethal drugs.
In her appeal to the court, Ms Sebire said she did not want to endure further pain and subject herself to an irreversible worsening of her condition. She asked the court to allow her doctor to help her end her life.
Ms Sebire has said she will not appeal the decision rendered today and she would find life-terminating drugs through other means.
"I now know how to get my hands on what I need and if I don't get it in France, I will get it elsewhere,'' she said. Link
A French woman who is badly disfigured by facial tumours caused by a rare and incurable disease has appealed to President Nicolas Sarkozy to allow her to die by euthanasia.
The debilitating disease is so rare that only 200 cases of the disease had been reported globally in the last 20 years.
A national dance craze in Ivory Coast has spawned a black market in treatments claiming to increase the size of women's bottoms.
The dance has been inspired by DJ Mix and DJ Eloh's hit song Bobaraba, which means "big bottom" in the local Djoula language. While the dance has been embraced by both men and women, DJ Mix says it was inspired by women.
Here's a video of Eloh and Mix's Bobaraba from YouTube.
At just 2ft 9in, Indian muscleman Aditya 'Romeo' Dev is the world's smallest bodybuilder.
Pint-sized Romeo is well-known in his hometown of Phagwara, India - for his ability to lift 1.5kg dumbbells - despite his overall 9kg body weight.
Every day, crowds flock to the local gym to the see the mini-muscleman in training.
Unlike many dwarfs, Romeo is well proportioned, with a head circumference of 15in and a chest measurement of 20in.
Romeo said: "I've been training as a bodybuilder for the last two years and by now I think I must be the strongest dwarf in the world. Link (w/ more images)
With more than 50 countries around the world now enforcing smoking bans and smokers not wanting to spending too much time in the rain outside pubs and restaurants, Philip Morris is launching a new "snack size" mini cigarette called Marlboro Intense.
The mini cigarette allows smokers to smoke their cigarette much more quickly than regular sized ones, but it still delivers the same amount of nicotine as the full-size version.
The new Marlboro Intense cigarettes are only 7.2cm long, which is shorter than the standard 8.5cm cigarette. It will be first tested in Turkey. Link
For nine years, Jerome Bartens had to cope with the handicap of being half deaf.
Ever since he was a toddler, the 11-year-old had been unable to hear anything on his right side and doctors said they were unable to help.
Then suddenly the reason for his problems became clear - when the end of a cotton bud popped out of his ear.
His family believe that he must have poked the bud in the ear at the age of two and the tip must have broken off the plastic stem. Link
Brad Williams is like a human search engine - he can recall practically anything that he has seen, read or heard.
Renee Williams became the largest person ever to have gastric bypass surgery earlier this year after ballooning to nearly seventy stone – but died 12 days later.
The bedridden 29-year-old begged doctors to perform the operation when she became so large that she couldn't hug her two children.
Her astonishing size meant that the operating table had to be specially widened for the procedure.
The operation was successful and Renee lost four stone due to her reduced stomach capacity before dying of a sudden heart attack less than two weeks later. Link
A life-saving operation on a man's brain had to be halted after they realised they were cutting into the wrong side of his head. As a result, Andrew Stedman has been left with numbness and scars to both the left and right of his skull after the surgery was eventually completed successfully in the correct place.
Fascinating facts about us all. [via]
A court has heard of a chronic alcoholic who downed 48 cans of lager and two bottles of brandy every day! He had appeared in court after after pleading guilty to breaking into a neighbour's house and stealing beer and £25 worth of change. Since then he has reduced his daily intake to 30 cans a day.
A 36 year-old woman accidentally gave birth yesterday in a train traveling from Tai Dong to Tai Pei, Taiwan. The nine month old pregnant woman was in the bathroom when her baby was born and accidentally flushed down the toilet.
A rescue team at the next station managed to rescue the baby from the toilet after sawing a pipe in half. The baby survived the ordeal. Link