The Girl That Time Forgot

February 9, 2013

Brooke Greenberg, a 20-year-old Maryland resident, is amazingly the size of a preschooler.

Weighing just four-pounds at birth, she suffered from a condition known as anterior hip dislocation, which caused her legs to swivel up toward the shoulders. Although surgeons corrected the problem, during the next six years she suffered many medical emergencies that included a stroke, seven perforated ulcers and a brain tumor that simply disappeared on its own, baffling her doctors.

When she was approximately five years old, Brooke simply ceased growing. Growth hormones had no effect on her condition. Dr. Richard Walker, an endocrine physiology specialist at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, eventually determined that Brooke’s condition is because her central control genes failed. Doctors termed the ailment “Syndrome X.”

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The Seven Craziest Mental Diseases

April 12, 2012

The human being is a curious creature and its mind is even curiouser. Here is an intriguing look at the seven craziest mental diseases that can plague the mind:

Autophagia

Craziest Mental Diseases Autophagia

Autophagia is a mental disease in which the sufferer is compelled to inflict pain on themselves. The twisted part is that the pain comes in the form of biting and/or devouring portions of their body. The disease may be caused by severe sexual anxiety sometimes combined with schizophrenia or psychosis.


Amputee Identity Disorder

Amputee Identity Disorder

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The Five Weirdest Diseases Of The Human Body

January 28, 2012

From the flesh-eating bacteria to the uncontrollable urge to pull out all of your hair, a fascinating look at the weirdest diseases of the human body:

The Weirdest Diseases Of The Human Body: Trichotillomania

Weirdest Diseases Of The Human Body Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is an unusual disease often triggered by stress, depression or a defective gene. People who suffer from this disease tend to pull out the hairs from their head, eyelashes, nose and even crotch.

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The Seven Craziest Facts About The Human Body

January 15, 2012

The Body Can Produce It’s Own Aspirin

Craziest Facts About The Human Body Aspirin

A report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that eating fruits and vegetables might actually help the human body make its own aspirin. The report claims that benzoic acid, a natural substance in fruits and vegetables, can help make an acid found in aspirin: salicylic acid. That acid is the key component for pain relief and anti-inflammation.

Craziest Facts About The Human Body: The Body Grows Overnight

Facts About The Human Body Body Grows Sleeping

Humans grow up to half an inch taller as they sleep, as it is a time when excess fluid between our discs replenishes itself and thus stretches our limbs. Conversely, our discs undergo stress and compress themselves throughout the waking hours. The result? The replenished fluid seeps out.

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Ten Completely Bizarre And Unusual Phobias

December 19, 2011

Bizarre And Unusual Phobias: Nomophobia

The Strange Phobia of Being Away from a Phone

Topping the list for bizarre and unusual phobias is the modern affliction, nomophobia. The phobia is characterized by feelings of anxiety that arise from being out of a phone’s range of service, not having one’s phone charged, having no credit on one’s phone or misplacing it. It is believed that over 50 percent of cell phone users are affected by nomophobia.

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Five Bizarre Events That Triggered Massive Riots

November 18, 2011

Events That Triggered Massive Riots: Lager Beer Riots, USA, 1855

Lager Beer Riot of Chicago 1855

The first recorded social disturbance in Chicago was caused by the social lubricant of society – alcohol. The Lager Beer Riot happened after the city mayor, Levi Boone, renewed the enforcement of an old law that mandated taverns be shut on Sundays and the cost of a liquor license was raised from $50 to $300 a year.

Naturally, the move didn’t go over too well with the local populace – particularly as it was seen as targeting German and Irish immigrants who had moved to the area in abundance. Matters worsened after several tavern owners were arrested for breaching the law, and angry immigrants took to the streets in protest, clashing with hundreds of police and militia the Mayor had called in which further fanned the massive riots.

Lager Beer Massive Riots

Cannons and firearms were employed against rioters, resulting in one death and 60 arrests. Though the riot was short-lived, the consequences were far reaching. The following year, immigrants turned out in droves to the city election, driving out Levi Boone as mayor and abolishing the reinstated drinking laws.

Massive Riots: 10-Cent Beer Night Riot, USA, 1974

10 Cent Beer Riot of Cleveland

Losses in sporting events are particularly apt at sparking statewide riots, but this riot happened before the results were even in. The June 4th, 1974 baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers was held at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. To entice fans to attend, a Ten Cent Beer night promotion was held. With over 25 thousand people showing up, the bait worked, but unfortunately, a spate of unruly behavior – including various incidences of people running onto the field to streak, moon and breast-flash – also ensued.

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