Our mini megacolon had the chance to meet the real Megacolon at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum this weekend. They caught up on all things digestive, swapped stories and had a grand old time. We learned a little more about the Megacolon's former owner, a man who performed as the "human balloon" in Philadelphia's Dime Museum sideshows until his death at age 29. His colon contained 40 pounds of feces and the specimen is 9 feet long. The Mutter Museum collection belongs to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia, and houses an incredible collection of medical history, including specimens, instruments, medical oddities, wax replicas of the human body, gangrenous feet in jars, 70-lb ovarian tumors, conjoined twins (also in a jar) and so on. There's drawer after drawer devoted to things people have swallowed, skeletons, slices of Einstein's brain and so much more. If you're ever close to Philly, it's a must-see! And don't forget to visit the fantastic gift shop, where you will find our special exclusive Megacolon plush (makes a conversation-stopping airplane pillow: "What's that around your neck?" "It's a happy replica of a diseased colon.").
As we get ready to exhibit at DC's Sakura Matsuri celebration of all things Japan, cherry blossom and springtime, we thought we'd put together a handy list of some of our favorite organs in Japanese! Click on the above image for a printable copy. Tanoshinde manabu! Stop by America's largest Japanese street festival Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10am-6pm, we will be there!
After you get your new organ, the patient's incision must be supported, and what better way to support than with a lung, heart, kidney or liver-shaped pillow designed with post-op support in mind? Shumsky Therapuetic Pillows have been around since 1985, these pillows come in a variety of sizes and organs to help patients recover from surgery.
Check out the fun new stuff we made with new friends! We're super happy with out Box O' Guts button box from Badge Bomb, which we hope you'll soon see at a store near you. The box has 24 different designs so you can dig around in our guts for your favorites. We also worked with our pals at Retro-a-go-go to make these fabulous pillboxes and cigarette cases, also available at stores near you. The pillboxes are a great place to stash your head meds or other pharmaceutical pals. The cigarette case also doubles as a business card holder if your smoking days are behind you.