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Finally someone understands my condition!

body dysmorphic disorder.

But seriously, it’s a real thing. Here are some books about body dysmorphic disorder.

(via The Clearly Dope)


Pen Stuck in Woman’s Stomach for 25 Years

Doctors in the United Kingdom removed a pen from an unidentified woman’s stomach that had been there for more than 25 years. And yet, when we’re looking for one, they’re nowhere to be found.

Pen Stuck in Woman’s Stomach for 25 Years

Source: BMJ Case Evidence

The 76-year-old woman went to an emergency room for diarrhea and unexplained weight loss and a CT-scan found the strange cause, according to the British Medical Journal.

How did this poor woman swallow a pen? Apparently, she had used a pen to check a spot on her tonsils when the wily writing instrument slipped out of her hands and down her throat. She went to a doctor, but the X-ray didn’t locate the foreign object or believe her story. So it stayed there for more than two decades without causing any symptoms until now.

A recent X-ray of the woman’s stomach confirmed her original story. It should also be noted that the pen still writes. Remember that next time your at the gas station or bank. Where has this pen been?

X-ray of the woman’s stomach

BMJ Case Evidence

This awesome story provided by the FW.

A guy with an extra face on the back of his head

Edward Mordrake
From Wikipedia:

Edward Mordrake (sometimes written Edward Mordake) is claimed to be a 19th century heir to one of the peerages in England who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23.

Check out other weird stories here.

Four-Legged Woman

Four-Legged Woman
(via phreeque) Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down. She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking. At the age of 19, she married a doctor named Clinton Bicknell and had four daughters and a son. It has been said that three of her children were born from one set of organs, two from the other. Myrtle died on May 6, 1928. Click here for more pictures that will be sure to enter your dreams tonight.