Sunday, December 7, 2008

Bot fly

Hey all you lovely people! Long time no talk. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, it's been a long few weeks! I spent a lovely Thanksgiving break in New Jersey/New York area with Andrew--man, is it cold there! Like, actually cold cold, not New Orleans cold. This was never more apparent to me last week than when I accidentally locked myself out of Andrew's house (while he was at work in the city) and had to spend three hours outside, searching for a spare key/a way to break in. In my pajamas. With his senile little Maltese sitting on the porch and barking at me. Good times.

But really, other than that, it was a wonderful trip. I got to spend time with my man, eat Chipotle (and, um, turkey and all that), go shopping in Manhattan, enjoy wonderful New Jersey pizza and bagels, and my kitten didn't even make a scene on the airplane. What else could I ask for?

And now it's back to school. This whole past week I've had an awful cold, so I still haven't really gotten into the swing of things. Physiology? Histology? Wha?

I wanted to share with you a truly wonderful video that the fabulous Miss Havisham posted. Like me, she likes watching disgusting things being extracted from people's bodies--it makes me want to be her best friend. It's a video of a bot fly larva being pulled from a man's back, where it was hoping to grow into a nice happy little adult bot fly and then crawl out (read all about bot flies here). Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

1 comment:

J. A. Broussard said...

That is awesome. Simply amazing.

There is a ton of crazy stuff like that: there was a guy that went on a tour of the Amazon, and made the mistake of peeing into the water at one point. There is a type of (very tiny) parasitic fish that actually swam up his urine stream and lodged in his urethra. It had to be surgically removed several months later when it had grown larger, though I assume it had died in the meantime.

Another guy was backpacking through South America, came home, got married, and lived for several happy (we presume) years, until he was at a restaurant on a date, and the waitress screamed and ran. It turns out that there is a type of leech that slithered up his nose and attached itself to his sinus cavities, happily minding its own business. It was around ten inches long when the doctors removed it. That is enough to make me want to be a doctor in a third world country. That and ants.