August 2006 Archives

This is possibly one of the grossest news stories I've seen in a long time. Very X-files or Stephen King. Just...<shudder>

A Pregnant Man? Another Person Lived Inside a Man for Nearly Four Decades

Aug. 23, 2006 Sanju Bhagat's stomach was once so swollen he looked nine months pregnant and could barely breathe.

Living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat said he'd felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. But one night in June 1999, his problem erupted into something much larger than cosmetic worry.

An ambulance rushed the 36-year-old farmer to the hospital. Doctors thought he might have a giant tumor, so they decided to operate and remove the source of the bulge in his belly.

"Basically, the tumor was so big that it was pressing on his diaphragm and that's why he was very breathless," said Dr. Ajay Mehta of Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. "Because of the sheer size of the tumor, it makes it difficult [to operate]. We anticipated a lot of problems."

Mehta said that he can usually spot a tumor just after he begins an operation. But while operating on Bhagat, Mehta saw something he had never encountered. As he cut deeper into Bhagat's stomach, gallons of fluid spilled out and then something extraordinary happened.

"To my surprise and horror, I could shake hands with somebody inside," he said. "It was a bit shocking for me." ...

It goes on. This is not Weekly World News, either. I repeat: <shudder>

An Inconvenient Truth

You really need to see this movie. You also need to make everyone else you know see this move. In fact, why don't you all carpool to go see it? Or else take the bus. Or maybe walk. Yeah, it's a lovely day. Why don't you walk.

Lots of information, yet it manages to not completely depress the hell out of you. (Though I did cry during the recap of the 2000 election.) In fact, at one point Al Gore said something funny enough to make me spit thr water I had just drunk all over the place, and spray some out my nose. Yup, Al Gore. Funny. He had to chose just that moment for it, too. Jerk.

Seriously, though. Go see this movie.

Snakes on a Plane

There were snakes. There was a plane. There was Samuel L. Jackson. What more do you require?

Watertight plot it had not. Timeless acting it had not. Epic cinema it was not. But did I mention that there were motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane? Yes there were.


The house that I saw back during the film fest, the one I fell in love with, the one that keeps showing up in my dreams, the one that is close to my price range...if only I had any money...that house is still on the market, and the price has come down a couple thousand.

Alas, having no savings and a lot of debt after several bad years means that no matter how reasonably it is priced, it may as well cost a million. I don't have a downpayment, and I can't afford what the mortgage would cost without a downpayment.

Time to start playing the lottery?

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