Monkeys & Typewriters

February 15, 2008

Doctor shakes hand

Filed under: weird — andrewkjs @ 10:14 pm

.. and diagnoses rare brain tumour.

The GP said he knew something was wrong when he shook Mr Gurrieri’s large, spongy feeling hand.

Mr Gurrieri underwent tests and was found to have acromegaly – a tumour in the pituitary gland which causes overproduction of growth hormone.

The condition is seen in just three people per million, and can have serious effects if left undiagnosed.

Eat your heart out, Dr. Gregory House.


February 7, 2008

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Filed under: weird — andrewkjs @ 5:55 pm

While you’re having fun ushering the Year of the Earth Rat, spare a thought for the rats in Thailand.

The rats are drowned and sold uncooked or ready to eat, with happy customers purchasing rat meat for as much as 150 baht ($4.82; £2.30) a kilogram.

“It’s better than chicken,” one customer told the AP news agency.

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