8 limbed baby takes first steps

June 17, 2008

A young baby was born in one of the most discussed about countries here at Unusual people. you guessed it India.  Lakshmi Tatma is now two years old and has taken her first steps after a life saving operation. The young girl was worshipped in her country and the ocals thought she was like a goddess because of her unusual medical condition.

She was believed by village locals to be a reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi. At first her parents were hesitant to perform the operation whch would remove the additional limbs, however they quickly changed their mind after doctors advised the parents it would be difficult for her to survive into adulthood. The operation took a total of 27 hours to remove the remains of her parasitic twin. The parasitic twin used her body for nutrition and respiration although the young child was unable to move the additional limbs.  She has been featured on shows on television such as National Geographic and will require additional surgeries to correct her spine and feet which are pointed inward.

 Lakshmi has certainly lived quite the unusual and extraordinary life in her short span of two years.

 

 

 

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Real Bionic Woman

June 10, 2008

Eileen Brown has had just about every joint replaced that is possible in her body. Her shoulders, knees, knuckles, right hip and left elbow have all been replaced. Mrs. Brown suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. She has had over 12 operations and now has so much metal in her body that she sets off the alarms at the airports. Brown tries to keep a positive outlook on her situation although she says she experiences her days of extreme pain, however she says she has to maintain a positive outlook on her life. Rheumatoid arthritis does not normally begin to affect people until they are in their 40s, however Brown began to become afflicted with symtoms in her 20s.


Mrs Brown’s operations began in the late 1980s after rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed in the fingers of her left hand. About three years later, the pain had become so unbearable it was decided her knuckle should be replaced with a plastic joint. By the 1990s her wrists had fused together, leaving her unable to bend her  hands, then her right knee started playing up.


Her medical problems took a twist when fell from a ladder while cleaning in 2003 – breaking the metal joint in her left shoulder and the bone in her upper arm. Unfortunately, Mrs Brown contracted septicaemia, and her metal shoulder had to be removed. The infection spread down the left arm, so the upper bone also had to be taken out and instead filled with a special type of padding. To make matters worse, the infection then spread to her right shoulder, and a section of damaged bone had to be removed too.  Despite being pumped with antibiotics she became critically ill and doctors didn’t expect her to survive. She was read the Last Rites in hospital but miraculously pulled through and made a full recovery.


As a legacy of her problems she can no longer raise her arms above shoulder height. ‘It’s a pain wearing bras and strappy tops. They just slip down  because my shoulders cannot keep them up.’


polaroid a day until he died.

May 30, 2008

Mental Floss had an article of a man who apparently had taken pictures of himself spanning over an 18 year period. (March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997). The photos range from friends and family to self portraits in a variety of activities. The mans health takes a decline as he contracts cancer and it is clearly visible from the photos revealing his deteriorating health.

Jamie Livingston was apparently interested in both film and music making as evidenced from a variety of photos in the 1980s. After Livingston’s death, his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid put together a public exhibit and website using the photos and called it PHOTO OF THE DAY: 1979-1997, 6,697 Polaroids, dated in sequence. The physical exhibit opened in 2007 at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.

Here is a link to the website and all of the photos

http://photooftheday.hughcrawford.com/


Man has sex with 1000 cars

May 28, 2008

Edward Smith, of Washington has recently made headlines after admitting he has had sex with over 1000 cars, thats right, cars. He currently lives with a 1967 volkswagen beetle whom he named vanilla and also calls the car his girlfriend. He writes poetry about his car experiences, and lost his car virginity at the tender age of 15. Smith also doesn’t just have sex with cars, he says his most intense sexual experience came from a helicopter from a 1980s tv show.

Smith’s last relationship with a woman was 12 years ago, and he could not bring himself to having sex with the woman although he has said that he has had sex with women previously. Smith also says that certain cars will be randomly parked and he will get an urge to walk up to them and kiss and hug them. According to one website there is a community of 500 car lovers who have met one another through internet forums.

I must admit, I’m quite fond of Lamborgini’s, but I don’t think I could bring myself to lubing up a tailpipe.

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Clinton, McCain, Obama comparison

May 22, 2008

I thought I would highlight some of the interesting aspects of each of the three presidential hopefuls.  We’ll go in alphabetical order to avoid any bias.

 

 Hilary Clinton was born October 26, 1947 and is a United States Senator from New York. She is probably most well known as the wife of Bill Clinton and she was both praised and criticized after her decision to remain with Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinski incident.

However, HIlary first came into the news in 1969 when she became the student to give commencement remarks at Wellesley College. The speech garnered a standing ovation which lasted seven minuted. She then went on to serve a few years as congressional legal counsel. She wrote an article entitled ” Children Under the Law” and it was published in the Harvard Law Review. The article was important in the children’s rights movement and argued that children should not be presumed incompetant rather it should be decided on a case by case basis and the article became a widely cited article in the academic field. In 1979, she became the first female legal partner of the prestigious Rose Law Firm. and was also twice named to the top 100 most influential lawyers in America.

Clinton was also very hesitant about marrying Bill Clnton . She declined to accept his numerous offers of marriage until she finally had failed the Washington DC bar exam and Bill was moving to Arkansas, where she finally chose to go with Bill instead of remaining in DC. Her biggest concern was that her seperate identity would be shadowed in face of Bill’s own personal accomplishments.

When Bill Clinton won the presidential election in 1992 Hillary drew criticism for her active role in trying to advocate public policy.  Hillary gained even more influence after her husband appointed her to head the Task Force on National Healthcare. Hillary was involved both in the Watergate scandals, as well as what was known as Travelgate, which involved the firings of numerous white house travel office employees, however she was finally cleared by the Independent Counsel in 2000.

Hilary is often considered a Polarized candidate, which means more or less that people are either very favorable towards her, or very against her. Time ran an issue which had Hillary on the front cover with two boxes, one marked love her, one marked hate her.

John McCain has lived a little more of an interesting life.  McCain was born August 29th, 1936, and his age is a widely criticized topic in his presidential bid.  McCain is probably most well known for his time in the military. In 1967 during the vietnam war his plan was shot down, he was captured, and kept as a prisoner of war for 5 and a half years, and was tortured.

McCain has been a member of the senate for several terms and he also was involved in a heated presidential race against George Bush in 2000.

McCain’s father and grandfather were both naval admirals, and McCain followed their footsteps. McCain made many friends at the academy often standing up for those who were being bullid by others. However this often led to conflicts with authority and he was often disiplined to obey the rules. Because of this he finished with a final class rank of 894/899.

When he was captured during by the vietnamese McCain was badly injured but the captors refused to treat the injuries, and instead beat him and interrogating him to get more information. When the captors learned that his father was a top admiral they finally gave him care and announced his capture, which made the front pages of the New York Times and The Washington Post.  While in the hospital for six months, McCain lost a total of 50 lbs and his hair had turned white. He was then placed in a cell with two other Americans who both stated they did not think he would live a week. A few months later McCain was then removed from the cell and placed in solitary confinement where he would remain for two additional years.

McCain was offerd a chance to leave the camp, stating that he would only leave if every other man there would also been released which was of course denied.  McCain may not have mad ethe best decision as in August 1968 the vietnamese began a torture program on McCain. McCain was repeatedly beaten and bound with rope while he also was suffering from dysentery. As a result of McCain’s injuries he is permanently unable to raise his arms above his head.

During McCain’s two senate terms his views were mostly in accord with President Reagan, and he was actively involved in Indian affairs. During the 2000 presidential election McCain initially had the upper hand on George Bush and it came to a boiling point where South Carolina served as the battleground. The campainging by both parties in this state was viewed as one of the most brutal and dirtiest in history. McCain lost and would never fully recover in the presidential race.

In public McCain acknowledges his wounds and age and has been quoted as saying “I am older than dirt and have more scars than frankenstein”. He is also admittedly tempermental and will shout and use profanity.

 

 Barack Obama was born August 4th, 1961. He is the first African American to advance this far in a presidential race. His father was from Kenya and his mother was a white american woman and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama graduated from Columbia University and then Harvard law school and served as a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1997 – 2004. Before serving on the senate he worked as a part time law associate and also taught constitutional law part time at the University of Chicago Law School. He then was elected to the United States Senate in 2004. Obama is a advocate of ending the war in Iraq. 

During Obama’s presidential campaign he has broken records for numerous fundraising records, and cites ending the war on iraq, increasing energy independence, and providing universal healthcare as his top three priorities. In March 2008 Obama was criticized for his 20 year relationship with former pastor Jerimiah Wright. Wright has been discovered to be very politically charged and racially charged comments. Obama responsed by ending his relationship with the pastor and also denounced some of his remarks.

Obama is estimated to have a networth of around 1.3 million dollars, although the 2007 household tax return showed an income of 4.7 million dollars, mostly from his book sales. Obama likes to play basketball and before announcing his presidency it was well publicized he was attempting to stop smoking. When asked about an alternate career choice Obama responded Architect, while also claiming to be a “pretty good poker player.”

 

After a brief review of these three hopefuls, it seems to me that McCain has led the most interesting and unusual life to date. 5 and a half years of torture seems like an unfathomable ordeal, and although Clinton has endured several scandals and succeeded as a pioneer among many fronts for a woman, and likewise for Obama for a racial minority, they do not seem to surpass McCain’s life experiences. Keep in mind this is only discussing their lives, not their political ideas at all. Leave some comments


Another hyperthymestic story: Brad Williams

May 19, 2008

 

With the interest generated not only by this site, but on the internet in general on Jill Price, the woman who could remember every detail of her life since she was 14 years old, comes the story of Brad Williams, of Wisconsin. Remember Price, who compared the syndrome to having a movie reel playing by every memory she had when she was presented with certain stimuli. Williams however, seems to be a little more in control, or less afflicted by the syndrome. In fact it only became apparent to his family when they heard the story of Price, who was then only known to the public as AJ.

Like Price, the part the researchers are most impressed with is the speed at which they recall the events. Researchers give them a day, and ask them about the events and immediately Williams can rattle off a series of events in great detail, indicating there is almost no calculation going on, it is just readily available in their mind. Researchers have been running images on Price and Williams, and another man in Ohio and have concluded that some structures in the prefrontal cortex are substantially larger in hyperthymestics. The prefrontal cortex sits at the front of the brain and has been associated with complex thinking, not learning or memory.


World’s fattest man goes for new record

May 19, 2008

Manuel Uribe was once the world record holder for the fattest man. Now however, he is attempting to break another record, most weight lost. Uribe once weighed 1/2 a ton. He has been confined to a reinforced bed for the last 6 years, however has still managed to lose 518 lbs since March 2006 from dieting only. This effective diet consists of grapefruits, egg white only omelets, fish, chicken, vegetables and peanuts. Although he still is unable to move his legs however he is trying to get out of his house in time for his 43rd birthday next month. 

He will still be confined to the bed, but will be  hauled onto a tow truck for a trip to his home countryside in northern mexico. Uribe gained the weight through a combination of pizza, greasy food, tacos, and other junkfood while working as a computer repairman in the 1990s. He claimed he considereed suicide two years ago when his wife left him.

A turning point came for Uribe after undergoing a tummy-tuck operation that was unsuccessful and resulted in excessive swelling for him. After this he plead on Mexican television for help after he lost his income, and his wife had left him. He has lost weight following the Zone Diet which is high in protein and low in carbs. Uribe also admitted his excessive obesity had caused him to be impotent, however he claims everything is back to normal again.

Uribe has said he would like to be down to 285 by 2010 which would give him the record as losing a total of 950 lbs.


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