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theolduvaigorge:

Is this the most extraordinary human brain ever seen?
by Rowan Hooper
"Once you know what it is, this apparently innocuous picture of a blob assumes a terrible gravity. It is an adult human brain that is entirely smooth – free of the ridges and folds so characteristic of our species’ most complex organ.
We can only imagine what life was like for this person. He or she was a resident of what is now North Texas State Hospital, a mental health facility, and diedthere in 1970, but that’s all we know. While the jar containing the brain is labelled with a reference number, the microfilm containing the patient’s medical records has been lost.
Photographer Adam Voorhes spent a year trying to track down more information about this and nearly 100 other human brains held in a collection at the University of Texas, Austin, to no avail. The label on the jar states that the patient had agyria – a lack of gyri and sulci, the ridges and folds formed by the normally wrinkled cerebral cortex. This rare condition, also known aslissencephaly, often leads to death before the age of 10. It can cause muscle spasms, seizures and, as it vastly reduces the surface area of this key part of the brain, a range of learning difficulties.
David Dexter, who runs the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank at Imperial College London, says he has never seen anything like this before: “We do get the odd individual where certain sulci are missing but nothing to the extent of this brain.” Dexter says he is not surprised the person survived to adulthood since the brain is so adaptive, though he guesses there would be deleterious effects.
Earlier this year the University of Texas took delivery of an MRI scanner to document the structure of the brains in the collection in detail. While this might teach us more about the brain itself, the identity of the person who had this extraordinary brain – and details of his or her life – seem to be lost forever.”
***I feel like I’ve seen this image before…Any brain people want to comment on this phenomenon?
(Source: New Scientist)

theolduvaigorge:

Is this the most extraordinary human brain ever seen?

"Once you know what it is, this apparently innocuous picture of a blob assumes a terrible gravity. It is an adult human brain that is entirely smooth – free of the ridges and folds so characteristic of our species’ most complex organ.

We can only imagine what life was like for this person. He or she was a resident of what is now North Texas State Hospital, a mental health facility, and diedthere in 1970, but that’s all we know. While the jar containing the brain is labelled with a reference number, the microfilm containing the patient’s medical records has been lost.

Photographer Adam Voorhes spent a year trying to track down more information about this and nearly 100 other human brains held in a collection at the University of Texas, Austin, to no avail. The label on the jar states that the patient had agyria – a lack of gyri and sulci, the ridges and folds formed by the normally wrinkled cerebral cortex. This rare condition, also known aslissencephaly, often leads to death before the age of 10. It can cause muscle spasms, seizures and, as it vastly reduces the surface area of this key part of the brain, a range of learning difficulties.

David Dexter, who runs the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank at Imperial College London, says he has never seen anything like this before: “We do get the odd individual where certain sulci are missing but nothing to the extent of this brain.” Dexter says he is not surprised the person survived to adulthood since the brain is so adaptive, though he guesses there would be deleterious effects.

Earlier this year the University of Texas took delivery of an MRI scanner to document the structure of the brains in the collection in detail. While this might teach us more about the brain itself, the identity of the person who had this extraordinary brain – and details of his or her life – seem to be lost forever.”

***I feel like I’ve seen this image before…Any brain people want to comment on this phenomenon?

(Source: New Scientist)

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thedeathmerchant:

Some fun (see: creepy) facts about Jim Jones
If Jones felt members of the People’s Temple had defied him or if he wanted sympathy from the group, he would often fake a heart attack, claim that his life was being threatened by outsiders and/or stage acts of violence against himself.
Had all members give up all of their possessions, sign over deeds to their house, their pay checks and social security checks.  In 1977, Jones was collecting well over $40,000 a month in Social Security checks and had over ten million dollars held in several different bank accounts.
Bragged about being extremely well endowed.
Was once arrested in a public bathroom for masturbating and showing his penis to an off duty police officer.
Cussed like a sailor—even during his sermons.
Told many of the male members of the People’s Temple that they were homosexual and then proceeded to “cure” them of their homosexuality by having sex with them.  Fucking the gay right out of them.
Also felt that many of the women needed some ~spiritual healing~ so he would have sexual relations with them as well, mostly to cure depression.
Would make his temple members sign papers stating that they sexually molested or beat their children so he could use it as blackmail against them, if ever necessary.
Forced one Temple couple (Tim & Grace Stoen) to sign paperwork saying that their child, John, was actually Jim’s son (he wasn’t).  Grace eventually left the Temple and Tim did shortly after.  Jones would never allow the parents to gain custody of their child and he would end up being one of the 900 members that lost his life in Jonestown.
Began telling Temple members he was God —they believed him.

thedeathmerchant:

Some fun (see: creepy) facts about Jim Jones

  • If Jones felt members of the People’s Temple had defied him or if he wanted sympathy from the group, he would often fake a heart attack, claim that his life was being threatened by outsiders and/or stage acts of violence against himself.
  • Had all members give up all of their possessions, sign over deeds to their house, their pay checks and social security checks.  In 1977, Jones was collecting well over $40,000 a month in Social Security checks and had over ten million dollars held in several different bank accounts.
  • Bragged about being extremely well endowed.
  • Was once arrested in a public bathroom for masturbating and showing his penis to an off duty police officer.
  • Cussed like a sailor—even during his sermons.
  • Told many of the male members of the People’s Temple that they were homosexual and then proceeded to “cure” them of their homosexuality by having sex with them.  Fucking the gay right out of them.
  • Also felt that many of the women needed some ~spiritual healing~ so he would have sexual relations with them as well, mostly to cure depression.
  • Would make his temple members sign papers stating that they sexually molested or beat their children so he could use it as blackmail against them, if ever necessary.
  • Forced one Temple couple (Tim & Grace Stoen) to sign paperwork saying that their child, John, was actually Jim’s son (he wasn’t).  Grace eventually left the Temple and Tim did shortly after.  Jones would never allow the parents to gain custody of their child and he would end up being one of the 900 members that lost his life in Jonestown.
  • Began telling Temple members he was God —they believed him.
oddtruecrimefacts
thedeathmerchant:

Pamela Bass was Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbor at the Oxford apartments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Bass described Jeffrey as a very nice neighbor, always sharing things with others and overall friendly.  He once gave Bass his old red couch.  After Dahmer’s arrest, people went to Bass’s house and offered to pay her $50 to sit on the couch once owned by Dahmer.

thedeathmerchant:

Pamela Bass was Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbor at the Oxford apartments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bass described Jeffrey as a very nice neighbor, always sharing things with others and overall friendly. He once gave Bass his old red couch. After Dahmer’s arrest, people went to Bass’s house and offered to pay her $50 to sit on the couch once owned by Dahmer.

oddtruecrimefacts
oddtruecrimefacts:

Odd Prisoner Lawsuits

-Lawrence Bittaker claimed he had been subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” because he received a broken cookie on his lunch tray and his sandwich was soggy.

-Richard Burton sued the state of California because his stomach hurt after eating chili. 

-Kevin Howard sued the state of California, claiming the department of corrections planted a device in his brain to control his thoughts and then his thoughts were  broadcasted on prison loudspeakers.

-While on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Rodney Alcala sued the state claiming his civil rights were violated because his packages were sent via UPS instead of USPS. 

-Joseph Gonzalez sued the state of New York after receiving a bad haircut at Sing Sing Prison.  He claims he lost sleep and suffered headaches and chest pains after being given a “defective haircut.”

-Kenneth Parker was upset when he ordered two jars of chunky peanut butter at the Nevada State Prison canteen - and received one chunky and one creamy. He sued for “mental and emotional pain”, asking for $5,500 and the imprisonment of a prison official. (The case went on for two years before finally being dismissed). 

-Frederick Woods and two accomplices kidnapped a bus driver and 26 school children and buried them underground.  ABC aired a made for TV movie based on the case and Woods viewed it and was very offended.  He sued the network, saying the show portrayed him as being, “callous, vicious, hardened and uncaring”. 

-Scott Gomez tried to escape from the Pueblo County Jail in Colorado. He made a candle and melted the tiles on the ceiling of his cell and made it to the jail’s roof.  When he climbed on the roof and tried to scale the wall, he fell down 40 ft. Gomez sued, saying the jail was responsible for his injuries because they “failed to provide ceiling tiles that could not be removed by melting them with a homemade candle” and “ignored his propensity to escape”, as he had done so on two different occasions. 

-Robert Paul Rice sued Utah State Prison for violating his freedom of religion.  Rice claimed his religion was  “the Vampire Order” and he needed to have his religious needs met, including but not limited to a vampire diet—grains and vegetables, and a “vampress”, so she could join in the “vampiric sacrament”. 

-James Higgason sued the state of Indiana, stating that prison officials violated his constitutional rights when they denied him access to pornography, “causing him pain, suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress and financial loss.” 

-While incarcerated at a Virginia prison, Robert Lee Brock sued himself. He claimed his civil rights as well as his religious beliefs were violated when he allowed himself to get drunk. He demanded $5 million from himself, but didn’t earn any wages in prison so he felt the state should pay on his behalf.

oddtruecrimefacts:

Odd Prisoner Lawsuits

-Lawrence Bittaker claimed he had been subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” because he received a broken cookie on his lunch tray and his sandwich was soggy.

-Richard Burton sued the state of California because his stomach hurt after eating chili.

-Kevin Howard sued the state of California, claiming the department of corrections planted a device in his brain to control his thoughts and then his thoughts were broadcasted on prison loudspeakers.

-While on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Rodney Alcala sued the state claiming his civil rights were violated because his packages were sent via UPS instead of USPS.

-Joseph Gonzalez sued the state of New York after receiving a bad haircut at Sing Sing Prison. He claims he lost sleep and suffered headaches and chest pains after being given a “defective haircut.”

-Kenneth Parker was upset when he ordered two jars of chunky peanut butter at the Nevada State Prison canteen - and received one chunky and one creamy. He sued for “mental and emotional pain”, asking for $5,500 and the imprisonment of a prison official. (The case went on for two years before finally being dismissed).

-Frederick Woods and two accomplices kidnapped a bus driver and 26 school children and buried them underground. ABC aired a made for TV movie based on the case and Woods viewed it and was very offended. He sued the network, saying the show portrayed him as being, “callous, vicious, hardened and uncaring”.

-Scott Gomez tried to escape from the Pueblo County Jail in Colorado. He made a candle and melted the tiles on the ceiling of his cell and made it to the jail’s roof. When he climbed on the roof and tried to scale the wall, he fell down 40 ft. Gomez sued, saying the jail was responsible for his injuries because they “failed to provide ceiling tiles that could not be removed by melting them with a homemade candle” and “ignored his propensity to escape”, as he had done so on two different occasions.

-Robert Paul Rice sued Utah State Prison for violating his freedom of religion. Rice claimed his religion was “the Vampire Order” and he needed to have his religious needs met, including but not limited to a vampire diet—grains and vegetables, and a “vampress”, so she could join in the “vampiric sacrament”.

-James Higgason sued the state of Indiana, stating that prison officials violated his constitutional rights when they denied him access to pornography, “causing him pain, suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress and financial loss.”

-While incarcerated at a Virginia prison, Robert Lee Brock sued himself. He claimed his civil rights as well as his religious beliefs were violated when he allowed himself to get drunk. He demanded $5 million from himself, but didn’t earn any wages in prison so he felt the state should pay on his behalf.

theoddcollection
theoddcollection:

The Mummies of Guanajuato are a number of naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833. The mummies were discovered in a cemetery in Guanajuato, making the city one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mexico.

The bodies appear to have been disinterred between 1865 and 1958. During that time, a local tax was imposed requiring relatives to pay a fee to keep their relatives interred. If the relatives were unable or unwilling to pay the tax, the bodies were disinterred. Ninety percent of the remains were disinterred because their relatives did not pay the tax. Of these, only two percent had been naturally mummified. The mummified bodies were stored in a building and in the 1900s began attracting tourists. Cemetery workers began charging people a few pesos to enter the building where bones and mummies were stored. This place was turned into a museum called El Museo De Las Momias (“The Mummies’ Museum”). A law prohibiting disinterring was passed in 1958, but this museum still exhibits the original mummies.

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theoddcollection:

The Mummies of Guanajuato are a number of naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833. The mummies were discovered in a cemetery in Guanajuato, making the city one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mexico.

The bodies appear to have been disinterred between 1865 and 1958. During that time, a local tax was imposed requiring relatives to pay a fee to keep their relatives interred. If the relatives were unable or unwilling to pay the tax, the bodies were disinterred. Ninety percent of the remains were disinterred because their relatives did not pay the tax. Of these, only two percent had been naturally mummified. The mummified bodies were stored in a building and in the 1900s began attracting tourists. Cemetery workers began charging people a few pesos to enter the building where bones and mummies were stored. This place was turned into a museum called El Museo De Las Momias (“The Mummies’ Museum”). A law prohibiting disinterring was passed in 1958, but this museum still exhibits the original mummies.

SOURCE and MORE INFORMATION