Listen to this article: 1896, the medical encyclopedia Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine was published. Within the tome, was a description of one Edward Mordake. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of […]
Listen to this article: In traditional preservation of snail shells, the shell is boiled to remove any remaining tissues before mounting (often done by gluing the shell to a card). But what happens if the shell was not boiled and there is a living snail within? Desert snails can survive long periods of drought by retreating […]
For every hiccup, there are five cures. Standing on your head, drinking a glass of water upside-down, a digital rectal massage, even Plato wrote of holding your breath. Perhaps the best cure will be found once hiccups are understood. But that’s difficult as there are currently only two hypotheses on their origin.
The human heart, stomach, and spleen lie on the left side of the body. At least, usually they do. One in ten thousand people (by current estimates), in fact, do not have their organs arranged that way. Their hearts lie on the right, their liver on the left. It’s a condition called situs inversus totalis (Latin, […]
Plants are known for using the sun’s energy to produce chemical energy in a process called photosynthesis. This is something we all learned in grade school science, but what often isn’t addressed is the slugs that also use photosynthesis! Yes, a couple species of sea slugs in the genus Elysia have found a way to incorporate chloroplasts […]
Louis Boutan, the first underwater photographer began his work in 1893. Read about him in my new Faded & Blurred article here!