We try to keep track of all things guts over here at IHG HQ, but somehow the dirty details behind the organs used at the BodyWorlds exhibits passed our notice. I had always kinda wondered where all those bodies came from, and it seems some of them came from sketchy sources at best. Yes, some of the bodies were donated to science. But some of them were not, and no one’s quite sure what parts came from where, but it doesn’t look good.
Archive for June, 2008
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Folks have been asking us about glands for a very long time. I’ll admit I thought all glands kinda just looked like balls with tubes coming out, but of course, no, they are all kinds of amazing shapes and sizes doing all kinds of amazing things inside our bodies every day. So, at long last, here are the glands!
We’d like to feature more fun from you, our darling guts-loving populace. So, first in a series of photos from People With Guts, we have Pete Pancreas out on the town enjoying red wine and an evening of karaoke. Did Pete sing “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” perhaps? Or maybe “How Sweet It Is”? (Actually, if you look closely, Pete is sitting on a karaoke songbook open to “My Heart Belongs to Me” and, yes, “Alcohol.”) April B. of Ottawa, Canada, who sent this photo, also got guts for her friends — Lucy Liver and Hank Heart — because April obviously rocks. Hank and Lucy didn’t go out on the town with Pete, though, because Pete is very special. If you’ve got a funny pic of your guts, please send ‘em to us!
We have long loved the Renegade Craft Fair, and lamented its absence from the west coast craft scene. Well hoo-ray and yee-haw, the fair is coming to San Francisco and the Guts will be there! Our pals over at The Particle Zoo will also be in effect, along with hundreds of other indie-rock vendors and maker-type geeks. Our hope is that Renegade continues its national domination and sets up shop down here in old Los Angeles, where we have a big, gaping, empty sad hole where Bazaar Bizarre used to be (Greg, come back! We miss you). And we’re not sure what’s going on with Felt Club for the summer, either. Our best guess is that Felt Clubmaster Jenny is still exhausted from last year’s two XL events. We hope she’s enjoying a wine cooler poolside somewhere during her well-deserved break.
Attention to those who need a liver transplant — it helps to be well-connected. News that Japanese gang members got themselves some livers during an organ donor drought in the early 00s through the UCLA Transplant Services comes as a shock to those who think transplant lists are fair and egalitarian. They sure aren’t. The main gang boss, Tadamasa Goto, was allowed inside the US as a guest of the FBI, which hoped to elicit some juicy inside scoop on Japanese gangs (which, as it turns out, are legal in Japan). Instead, Goto and his cronies got four livers, donating $100,000 for each one, and went on home. (Are these guys drinking tubs of sake every day?)
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