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?)
Folks desperate for cash have taken to selling off body parts -- hair, breast milk, and eggs -- in search of easy money in tough times. But selling your kidney -- some say a healthy one would fetch $15,200 -- is illegal everywhere except Iran. Selling a kidney will get you arrested in the United States, Kenya, Costa Rica, Serbia, China (where a 9-year-old famously sold his to trade for an iPad and iPhone) and the rest of the world. Word to the wise: don't sell both your kidneys on the internet, as advised by the amazing video Dumb Ways to Die, created by ad agency McCann Melbourne for Australian Metro.
Have you ever thought about selling one of your kidneys on the black market? You probably remember hearing about the kid who sold one of his kidneys so he could afford an iPad in 2011. Today there's another kid who just sold his kidney - for less than the going rate! Apparently it suddenly became urgent for him to pay off his video game debt. Seems like he could have come up with ~$3200 in a less drastic way. But then again, teens have a less than matured Pre-frontal cortex in their brain. Fun Facts: Iran is the only country where selling one's own kidney is legal. O- blood can be donated to anyone! Organs you can live without: Spleen, Gallbladder, Appendix, Intestines, parts of Liver (it can regrow), and reproductive organs. You could also argue that you can live without eyes, ears, or nose- but it depends how you define Living!