The Girl with two faces

Lalli Singh: The girl with two faces

Lali Singh: The girl with two faces

  • Baby girl Lali Singh was born in March 2008 in India with a medical condition called ”Craniofacial duplication”
  • She had two faces, four eyes, two noses and two mouths
  • A human has the odds of 50 million to one of being born with the condition
  • Many hinduists considered her as a reincarnation of various gods, such as Vishnu: a god with three faces.
The Hindu god Vishnu

The Hindu god Vishnu

  • Many hinduists considered her as a reincarnation of various gods, such as Vishnu: a god with three faces.
  • Pilgrims flocked from all India to visit her and she became a global phenomenon.
  • Within weeks, her health got worse. She started to loose weight, becoming dangerously thin and not able to close the centerlookated eyes eyelids, risking to loose sight on the them.
  • It was hard for doctors who wanted to help to convince Lali’s father of their good intentions as he is religious.
  • Doctors were amazed to see how long Lali had already survived, but they were concerned about how much she had left.
  • The Singh family finally took the doctors advice as Lali’s condition turned to even worse, but the family don’t treat the baby as the doctors request. Lali is treated with drip.
  • At the age of two months old, Lali suffers a massive heart attack and died.
  • Lali was worshipped as a godess throughout her life and buried as one. She was honored with a statute and an annual day of worship.

Sources and further reading:

Channel 4’s ”Bodyshock”: The Girl with two faces information

The Wolfkids

Wolfkid Supatra ‘Nat’ Sasuphan

Wolfkid Supatra ‘Nat’ Sasuphan

Werewolves are one of the classic characters in horror. These kids share some of the characteristics of wherevolves but the difference is that they are real and just like any other kids, but with alot of hair…

  • Supatra ‘Nat’ Sasuphan is a young girl from Bangkok, Thailand born with a 5 cm thick animal-like fur covering her head and parts of her body.
  • The hair is like the hair found on your head and it keeps growing out on her.
  • There’s no cure for the condition yet, so her parents try to shave her without damaging her young skin.
  • The condition is called “Ambras Syndrome” (also known as Werewolf syndrome) and seems to be sporadic: people are born with the condition without any family history of something similar.
  • Only 1 in a billion is affected by Ambras Syndrome and there are only about 50 documented cases of it since 1638.
  • The syndrome was believed by some to be caused by re-arrangements of the human chromosome 8. This however is not the case with Nat.
Wolfkid Prithviraj Patil

Wolfkid Prithviraj Patil

  • Prithviraj Patil is a 11 year old boy from India who also has Ambras Syndrome.
  • Some Indians thinks the boy is a reborn god.
  • They try to remove his hair by a painful laser treatment which is usually performed on adults.
  • Three sisters of six in another Indian family have similar characteristics of the syndrome, but it’s not Ambras. They’re believed to have inherited it from their father and they respond to treatment.
  • The search for a cure continues. Because of the condition being so rare, it’s not highly prioritized in medicine.
  • If a cure can be found, also the opposite: the reasons for older men’s hairloss can be discovered and maybe fixed.

Sources and further reading:

Discovery Channel information
Discovery Channel’s My Shocking Story: Real Wolf Kids

Pronounced dead, but still alive

A woman waking up at the morgue, Pronounced dead but still alive

A woman waking up at the morgue, Pronounced dead but still alive

For many, this would be a total nightmare: waking up at the morgue. For some people, this or being pronounced dead although they’re still alive is a frightening reality…

  • June Burchell from Sussex has a medical condition called “Cataplexy”. Because of her cataplexy, she was pronounced dead 3 times and ended up at the morgue 2 of those, although she was still alive.
  • On the occasions June was pronounced dead, her blood pressure was very low and her breathing slower than usual, making it harder to tell if she was alive.
  • Cataplexy is a condition where the person who has it is paralyzed and can’t move and show small or none vital signs for a period of time. The person is still however fully aware and can see and hear everything around them, but they can’t respond to the activities.
The human brain's hypothalamus

The human brain's hypothalamus

  • A person with cataplexy can be in the paralysis for minutes to even days.
  • Cataplexy is found to often be triggered by spontaneous, strong emotions such as fear and laughter.
  • Cataplexy often affects people who have narcolepsy, a disorder where the person fall in and out of sleep when not stimulated.
  • Scientists found in the brains of dogs with cataplexy that they had a missing chemical called Hypocretin which they suspected was the cause of the condition.
  • Scientists then performed research on donated human brains from people with our without narcolepsy and found that the Hypocretin was destroyed in the brains from people with narcolepsy.
  • Hypocretin is normally produced in the brain’s Hypothalamus: the brain’s control center. Hypocretin controls our transition from being asleep to being awake. It also is believed to maintain motor-activity during certain emotions.
  • A cure for cataplexy may be found in 5 years

Energy drinks named after cocaine

Blow energy drink powder

Blow energy drink powder

This year, it appears to be a trend to name energydrinks after the nearly world-wide illegal drug cocaine. The strategy seems to be working as for marketing-purposing goes, but what about the product’s moral and health-risks?

  • Blow is a energy drink named after the drug cocaine’s slangword. Blow is distributed in pulver-form (looking like cocaine) in packages resembling of cocaine-packages and then mixed with water.
  • When Blow sent press-kits, the kit contained of a big box containing tongue-in-cheek pictures of the ”production” of Blow, looking like something from a druglord’s camera. The kit also included cocaine-looking packages (vials) of the product, a fake-credic card and a mirror.
  • Since Blow is making use of the drug culture in their marketing as well as in their product, parents and agencies is outraged, saying that Blow glamorizes drug-use.
  • A vial of blow (5.75 grams) contains 240mg of caffeine. Each vial of Blow also has 2000 mg of Taurine.
Cocaine energy drink

Cocaine energy drink

  • Cocaine is an energy drink distributed by Redux Beverages.
  • Cocaine comes in three different sorts: ”Original”, ”Cut” (without caffeine, is now under another name) and ”Free” (without sugar).
  • The US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was very sceptical about the energy drink because it was marketed as a substitute for illegal drugs, which slogans such as ”The Legal alternative” and ”Speed in a can”.
  • Under a brief period of time in 2007, the energy drink was distributed under the new name ”No name” and ”Censored” as a respond to the FDA’s complaints.
  • Cocaine was banned in Australia and is in Norway
  • A can of Cocaine contains 280 mg of caffeine. Each can of Cocaine also contains 750 mg of taurine.

Sources and further reading:

ABCnews.com-article about Blow
Drinkcocaine.com

Leatherface in ”The Texas Chainsaw massacre” was inspired by a real person

Leatherface on The Texas chain saw massacre-cover

Leatherface on The Texas chain saw massacre-cover

In Tobe Hooper’s horror classic ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” from 1974, a group of hitchhiking teenagers find themselves out of gas in Texas. In search of gas they become terrorized by a cannibalistic, murderous family. One in the family is called ”Leatherface”, a chainsaw-wielding maniac who wears his victim’s carved out faces as masks.

Some may think that these acts of horror in the movie really happened, which is incorrect. However, the character Leatherface was inspired by a real person…

  • Ed Gein was an American killer and grave robber from Plainfield, Wisconsin during the 1950’s. He became known as ”The Butcher from Plainfield”.
Ed Gein: The inspiration for Leatherface

Ed Gein: The inspiration for Leatherface

  • Gein dug up bodies of women who resembled of his mother from the local graveyeards.
  • From the bodies he fabricated different items such as a lampshade, facemasks and a sheath made from skin, soup bowls out of skullcamps, socks from flesh and accessories made out of genetalia. Police also discovered that Gein also was interested in eating human flesh.
  • Gein performed strange transsexual rituals such as dressing up in skin from dead women to look more female.
  • Gein’s mother raised him in a disturbed, fanatically version of christianity where all women where prostitutes except for her.
  • Gein shot and killed a woman, removed her head and hang her upside down like a hunted deer in his house. He also shot and killed another woman.
  • Gein is often called a serial killer, despite the fact that he was guilty of only two kills and therefore not technically qualifies him as a serial killer. A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people at different periods of time.
  • Gein was arrested in 1957 and was classified as legally insane and therefore spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital until he died in 1984 of cancer.
  • Gein also inspired to the character Norman Bates in Robert Bloch’s novel ”Psycho” from 1959 which later became a movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960.
  • He also was inspiration for the character Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris novel ”The Silence of the Lambs” from 1988 which became a movie in 1991. Buffalo Bill dresses in womans clothes and skins his victim for use of their skin, similiar to what Ed Gein did.

Hugo Boss made uniforms for the Nazis

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

The popular german fashionhouse Hugo Boss has footprints in a dark time of our modern history that probably not many of the clothe’s proud owners know about. Learn about the Hugo Boss nazi-involvement.

  • In 1997, a spokeswoman fron Hugo Boss told the press that they had became aware of connections between the company’s founder Hugo Ferdinand Boss and the german nazi regime.
  • Hugo Boss began as a familiy-run business in Germany 1923 which manufactured police and postal uniforms.
  • Hugo Ferdinand Boss joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and circa two years later, somewhere between 1932-33 his company began manufacturing uniforms for the nazis.
Hugo Boss current logotype

Hugo Boss current logotype

  • Hugo Boss company produced the new black unfiroms worn by SS (SchutzStaffel) units, brown shirts worn by SA (Sturmabteilung) storm troopers and also the black- and brown unfiroms for the Hitler youth.
  • Hugo Boss continued to manufacture unfiforms for the nazis throughout the Second World War.
  • According to the Austrian news magazine ”Profil”, the company brought forced laborers from Poland and France to its factory to increase their output in the later years.

Sources and further reading:

The New York Times-article from 1997

Expensive coffee made out of beans pooped out from an animal

Kopi luwak pooped out coffee, A bag with 57 grams.

Kopi luwak pooped out coffee, A bag with 57 grams.

Somewhere in the world, a coffee-lover think it’s a good idea to drink an expensive coffee made out of beans passed through the system of an Indonesian animal.

  • The Coffee comes from the Indonesian Island of Sumatra where the cat-like mammal Asian Palm Civet lives.
  • The Civets eat red, ripe coffee- cherries with bean and all. Inside the civet’s stomach, the benas undergoes chemical treatments and fermentations, but without the beans being digested.
Asian Palm Civet

Asian Palm Civet

  • The civet poops out the beans which are then hand-picked, washed and roasted for selling as an Arabica Coffee called ”Kopi Luwak”.
  • The Coffee is supposed to offer a rich, strong and complex aroma. It’s said to be Syrupy with hints of chocolate/caramels with a long aftertaste.
  • It’s the world’s most expensive coffee- sold for more than 50 $ a cup in the U.S.
  • Very often, the sold coffe is not the real deal.

Sources and further reading:

Kopi Luwak’s Official Website
USA Today article about the coffee

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