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5 Medical Innovations of the Civil War

by Chip Rowe As it turns out, the bloodiest war in American history was also one of the most influential in battlefield medicine. Civil War surgeons learned fast, and many of their MacGyver-like solutions have had a lasting impact. Here are some of the advances and the people behind them. 1. Life-saving Amputation The General Who Visited His [...]

Five Medical Innovations of the Civil War

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the first gunshots of the Civil War -and the first gunshot wounds. As it turns out, the bloodiest war in American history was also one of the most influential in battlefield medicine. Civil War surgeons learned fast, and many of their MacGyver-like solutions have had lasting impact. Here [...]

Hairy Crab Dubbed “The Hoff”

If you were to find a new species of animal with a hairy chest, it would only make sense to name it after actor David Hasselhoff. That’s what happened when a new hairy species of yeti crab was documented near thermal vents in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The crabs were found in piles around hydrothermal [...]

Edifice Complex

The following is an article from the newest volume of the Bathroom Reader series, Uncle John’s 24-Karat Bathroom Reader. Think the old woman who lived in a shoe had weird taste in housing? It turns out she was just ahead of her time. Buildings can look like all sorts of things, even… AN IGLOO (Image credit: City Profile) Crouched [...]

Family claims five-year-old son is haunted

A young boy is allegedly being haunted by a grey skinned man who sits on his chest all night. In what sounds like it could be a form of sleep paralysi…

Heart Plunging Machine

After one man went into cardiac arrest and his family successfully performed CPR on him with a toilet plunger, Advanced Circulator Systems developed the ResQPump. It’s a machine that regulates chest compressions and airflow during the resuscitation process: According to a study published in The Lancet this winter, the ResQPump, which is used for chest compressions, [...]

Woman sees Jesus in x-ray image

Karen Sigler has claimed that an x-Ray taken of her chest contains a clear image of Jesus. Sigler who had recently undergone breast cancer surgery was…

2,000-year-old Pills

In 1989, a shipwreck from about 130 B.C. was discovered. Divers retrieved dishes and other artifacts. One surprising discovery was a chest of vials and containers with tablets in them, some still dry! Evolutionary geneticist Robert Fleischer said they were made of compressed vegetation. “It was assumed the pills were medicines that the physicians were using. [...]