New research suggests that the appendix, long believed to be a throwback to our evolutionary past, may serve an important purpose by boosting immunity and acting as a “safe house” for helpful gut bacteria.
You know what your day is missing? Existential angst from the appendix. Which is what “Body of Songs: The Appendix” provides, in the form of an anthropomorphized appendix singing and dreaming about being cut out.
In February 1961, Leonid Rogozov was one of 12 men wintering at a new Soviet base in Antarctica. He was also their only doctor. So when he came down with a bad case of appendicitis, well, there was only thing to do really: He had to remove the appendix himself.
This alphabet—by Boston-based graphic designer Ari Weinkle—is quite unique. First because its texture feels realistic, organic, and alive. And second because its creepy moves: The letters twist and turn as if they were actual animal appendages.
The appendix is probably the most famous of humanity's vestigial organs, but it might not actually deserve the "vestigial" part of that title. The appendix may actually save vital bacteria for the body's later use.
The vanity-saturated life of a Gizmodo writer means no scars, visible or otherwise, so this breakthrough procedure for appendicitis is a godsend for those among us who still have the vestigial organ. According to doctors who performed the operation in San Diego, a flexible tube is used to thread miniature surgical…