If you think a woman and a lizard king fighting over presidency is weird, your horizons are about to broaden. The internet is filled with disturbing stuff, and we’re not just talking about “two girls one cup”. OK that one actually takes the cake, but here are some really disturbing images and the stories behind them.
1. Surgeon removed his own appendix.
In 1961, 27-year-old Leonid Rogozov was the only surgeon in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition when he felt severe pain in his stomach and had a high fever. After examining himself he discovered that his appendix was inflamed and could burst at any time. With local anesthesia, he operated on himself to remove his appendix.
2. Foot binding.
Legend says that in 10th century China a prince began the practice of foot binding because he loved the small feet of his concubine. Having small feet quickly became a mark of a wealthy and well-born woman, so for over 1000 years after that, rich women had their feet bound. It was eventually banned in 1912, and the custom finally died out in the 1930s.
3. Viking teeth.
Vikings were know to make striking and fearsome fashion statements. One of them was being heavily tattooed, but another was their teeth. They would file horizontal lines into the enamel on their front teeth. It was a way of saying: “If I’m prepared to do this to myself, what am I going to do to you?”.
Exposing patients to baths or showers of warm water for an extended period of time was believed to have a calming effect on them. In fact, mental hospitals used hydrotherapy as a tool for treating mental illness.
5. The plague doctor.
During the dark days, when the plague took a lot of people, they had plague doctors. He was a special medical physician who wore this costume to protect him from airborne diseases. The mask had openings for the eyes and a curved beak shaped like that of a bird. The beak was held in front of the doctor’s nose with straps, and had two small nose holes. It was a type of respirator which contained aromatic items to keep away bad smells, which were thought to be the principal cause of the disease. The doctors also used wooden canes to point out areas that needed attention and to examine patients without touching them.
6. Vampire heart.
This is said to be the mummified heart of vampire Auguste Delagrance, the man who was responsible for the deaths of more than forty people back in the 1900s, a period of vampirism in the US. When identified, Delagrance was hunted down by a Roman Catholic priest and a Voodoo Hougan. He is said to be destroyed in 1912.
However, while this is a great story, the heart and wooden stake are actually an item on sale on Ebay and the story was fabricated.
7. Trichobezoar removal surgery.
Trichobezoars are human hairballs. They are complications of a condition called trichophagia, which gives people an irresistible urge to eat their own hair. Stomach acid is extremely power full and can dissolve things such as razor blades in a remarkably short time, but hair is almost impossible to break down. This is why hairballs taken from human stomachs are well-documented, both medically and visually.
8. Stone Man Syndrome.
Stone Man Syndrome, scientifically referred to as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, is the ossification of connective and muscle tissue. This results in the loss of mobility, which is disastrous for people who suffer from the condition, as they often become unable to open their mouths. This obviously hinders their ability to speak and eat independently. FOP sufferers typically have deformed big toes and sometimes uncharacteristically short thumbs. The condition can first be detected during early childhood. At this point it starts affecting the shoulders and neck.
These are newly discovered amphibians, who appear to live out their lives in underground burrows. Their slimy, pink young emerge from their eggs as miniature adults. These creatures are part of a group of animals called caecilians, and they look like giant earthworms. They’re not though, because they’re actually vertebrates with backbones, which brings them closer to salamanders or frogs.
10. The blue people of Kentucky.
This is not a myth. The Blue People of Kentucky were an isolated family of Appalachian people who lived with skin discoloration. Martin Fugate, a French orphan, settled on the banks of eastern Kentucky’s Troublesome Creek around 1830 to claim a land grant. He married Elizabeth Smith, a red-haired American with a very pale complexion. Little did they know their kids would turn out blue! Luckily, a young hematologist took notice and found a solution for them.
11. Nails instead of hair?
Shanya Isom, 28, has been a medical mystery after falling victim to an unidentified illness which causes human nails to grow out of her hair follicles. Three years ago, Shanya suffered an allergic reaction which caused the debilitating syndrome, which left her covered in scabs as nails replaces the hair on her body. Doctors are still in the dark about how to cure Shanya.
12. Smile therapy.
In the old days whenever women were depressed (which was identified by them “not taking care of their men properly”) they were sent to the psych ward by their husbands for attitude adjustments. There they were conditioned to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling all the time, it would become natural practice. This “treatment” often went hand in hand with shock therapies.
13. This woman was hit by a meteorite.
In late November 1954, Ann Hodges became the only confirmed person to have been hit by a meteorite. She was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-sized chunk of black rock broke through her ceiling, bounced off the radio and hit her in the thigh. It left a pineapple-shaped bruise.
14. Pitted Keratolysis.
Pitted Keratolysis is a condition in the same family as athlete’s foot, but can be far more aggressive. It’s a skin disorder characterized by crateriform pitting that affects the pressure-bearing aspects of the plantar surface of the feet and occasionally the palms of the hands as collarettes of scale. This victim suffered the condition because of his job: pond cleaning. Soaking wet feet covered in work boots for ten hours a day in bacteria and fungus filled ponds caused this terrible bacterial infection.
15. The eyes of Hiroshima.
This child saw the Hiroshima nuclear blast from up close, which left him blind. He was photographed by Swedish photographer Christer Stromholm, who documented intimate imagery of those forgotten or shunned by wider society.
16. We are basically just atoms.
17. Stars in his eyes.
A 42-year-old electrician in California came in contact with 14,000 volts of electricity, which left him with star-shaped cataracts in his eyes. This as caused by an electric current passing through his entire body, including the optic nerve.
18. Indonesian Jenglot.
These things are supposedly the ancient corpses of men who practiced magic and the bringers of misfortune. Instead of becoming part of nature, the earth has rejected them. They do not compose like ordinary men, but they shrink and shrivel to the size of dolls. Often, when a psychic is hired to eliminate bad luck, the psychic will investigate the area and find a jenglot buried nearby.