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There’s a US TV movie about the romance between a patient and the doctor who grafted her vagina onto her face

Well, sort of. It wasn’t her complete vagina

Also, for anyone worried about potential medical ethics issues, the romance didn’t begin until after their doctor/patient relationship had come to an end.

The movie, called Why Me? was made for ABC Television in 1984

What makes this tale even more intriguing is the fact it’s actually based on a true story

Whether the film itself is any good is likely to remain a mystery as it apparently only aired once, and we can’t find the full version anywhere online.

Judging from the trailer though, it seems a safe bet to say it is dripping in cheese

It has to be admitted, it doesn’t look like they’re taking things entirely seriously.

The movie was based on this book:

Written by Leola Mae Harmon, it tells of the genuinely incredible facial reconstruction surgery carried out on her mouth after it was badly disfigured in a car accident.

"The tissues of the mouth and vagina are similar" said Doctor James Stallings, who carried out the procedure

The operation was revolutionary as it was the first time vaginal tissue had been used reconstructive surgery.

Stallings is quoted in the book as saying to Leola:

I couldn’t figure how to make up for the mucosa you’d be missing from the upper lip after the operation. Then it dawned on me that you have an unlimited, undamaged source of healthy mucosa if you won’t mind my performing a clinical trial on something that has never been tried before.

Leola was US Air Force nurse, and was about to leave the service when the accident took place. Her enlistment in the Air Force was extended so that the cost of her treatment, which took several years to fully complete, was covered.

Knowing the state of the US health insurance system, this seems like it was an extremely canny move.

After her recovery was complete Leola went to work as nurse at Dr Stalling’s private practice, during which time they fell in love and got married

So, despite the title of the book and film, there was kind of a happy ending after all.

With Hollywood in it’s current reboot frenzy, there’s probably a horror remake in development as we speak.

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A guest post by Dr Ben Goldacre: Why are the results of clinical trials hard to find?

Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, has written us a piece exposing crazy new European Medicines Agency policies on clinical drug trials.

Credit: US Cochrane Center

Tough regulations, like a ban on researchers copying trial data or looking at it ANYWHERE but on screen, make it likely results won’t be analysed properly.

Over to Ben…

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ASOS’s Photoshop efforts go tits up

It’s very much as simple as ASOS forgetting to digitally glue both boobs onto a swimsuit model


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What’s sexy about surgery? Enough to get a Seattle doctor sexting whilst doing it, apparently

A 47-year-old anaesthesiologist has been suspended by medical authorities for his “preoccupation with sexual matters”

Image credit: Consilium Vitalis

Arthur K. Zilberstein allegedly sent nearly 250 sexy texts and explicit selfies while performing cesarean deliveries, pediatric appendectomies, epidurals, tubal ligations and cardiac-probe insertions.

Zilberstein will not be permitted to practice medicine in Washington until his charges are resolved.

Via Washington Post

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Banksy revealed to be intellectual plagiarist. Original works uncovered

This is our summer intern Belle Johnson's first post for us, and it's a good 'un.

A new lead in the Banksy mystery has revealed the original works upon which his/her/their/my infamous paintings are based.

Photographer Jeff Friesen is the original creator of the strongly political and Lego-ey works of art, showcased in his underappreciated collection: Bricksy. Yes, Banksy even had cheek name him/her/their/myself after the work he/she/they/I copied.

Bloody outrageous!

In tribute to the original artist, here’s a Listy of our five favourite pieces:

1. Balloon Girl

"Oh no" cries the little girl. "My chinese takeaway box attached to an umbrella handle has blown away. Now what will I do?"

2. Banana Pulp

A telling snapshot of the year 1679: a time when bananas were as large as men, randomised words had surplus Ps and Es in abundance, and 1 in 2 people had caviar instead of hair.

3. Force 5 Fridge

A particular favourite due to the sinister little Lego smiles, which seem to say: “Hey seagull. I’m now going to crush you with this fridge. Because no one likes seagulls.”

4. Kissing Coppers

A classic love story of fuzz meets fuzz, and proceeds to wink erotically while fondling other fuzz’s beard.

5. Hanging Around

The Definitive Bricksy, because:

  1. It includes a wildly optimistic, partner in crime “just jump, I promise I’ll catch you” cat.
  2. When did they start making Lego men who are sweating in Y-Fronts?
  3. Just look at the voyeuristic neighbours across the road, having a quiet wank over the whole situation.

Our sources also suggest that if anyone were brave enough to take a pick axe to the ‘original’ David, they’d find it’s actually made of a delicate mix of Lego and spaghetti Play-Doh.

Via The Brick Fantastic

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Copy the bedtime habits of a genius, become a genius! Probably

Demographer Conrad Hacket recently tweeted this infographic:

The geniuses in question are mainly artists

The diagram shows the sleeping habits of various well-known clever people, and was created by New York Magazine based on information they culled from the book Daily Rituals - How Artists Work, by Mason Curry.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart survived on just 5 hours a night

And Charles Darwin is unique in the list, as he liked having a nice afternoon nap

The rests of the results aren’t particularly surprising

It seems everyone liked to get their head down for a good chunk of time everyday - it’s just the time of day they picked which is of interest.

For example, 19th Century French novelist Honoré de Balzac used to ‘climb the wooden hill to Bedfordshire’ around the same time most of us are commuting back from work.

Of course, in the olden days there wasn’t electricity, and it did get dark early in the winter months - so heading to bed in the late afternoon doesn’t actually seem that odd.

We’re also reminded of Margaret Thatcher’s slightly terrifying claim that she survived on four hours a night while running the country

And hellraising walking skeleton Keith Richards apparently once stayed awake for 9 days. Eventually he literally fell asleep on the spot, falling down and breaking his nose.