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If you thought the post on twins sharing consciousness was awesome, wait until you hear this.

A 44-year-old French man one day went to the trip to the doctor’s because he felt a pain in his left leg. He’s a married man with two kids and a steady job.

Doctor’s found that he had hydrocephalus as a child (when your brain is filled with fluids) so they decided to run some brain scans.

What they found was that the majority of his head was filled with fluid. Over time, the buildup caused his lateral ventricles to swell so much that his brain had been flattened to a thin sheet.

Doctors estimated that his brain mass had been reduced by at most 70%, affecting the areas in charge of motion, language, emotion, and, well, everything.

Shockingly, he was fine. While his IQ was only 75, he wasn’t mentally challenged. He held a steady job, raised a family, and didn’t have trouble interacting with others.

Over time, his brain had adapted to all that pressure, and even though he had fewer neurons that most, Jacques was still a fully functional human being.

The doctors drained the fluid and while his brain is much smaller now, he is still a healthy individual with a normal life.

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If you don’t think neuroplasticity is wicked incredible, you can go away! 

Wow. I’m just amazed.

If this guy doesn’t end up in the annals of medicine, I will eat my hat.

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Scotty was such a fucking badass when Kirk put him in charge.

In A Taste of Armageddon, a mealy-mouthed diplomat orders Scotty to lower the ship’s shields so he can beam down, and Scotty refuses because he thinks the planet will blow them up as soon as they do. The diplomat has the authority to order it, and Scotty says “No sir, I will not.”

Now here’s a fun fact: While serving in the Canadian artillery during WW2, young Lieutenant James Doohan was ordered to conduct a training exercise. He realised if he did as he was told, he’d blow the heads of some of his own men. So he refused. The commander insisted. Lt. Doohan responded with “No sir, I will not.” He escaped court martial because the superiors realised the commander was an idiot and Doohan eventually got promoted.

Fucking. Badass. 

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