Things are getting wild under the mistletoe at the I Heart Guts holiday party! Let’s hope Lymph Node is immune to getting the kissing disease from Spleen.

Looking for one of these love bugs? Check out the shop for spleen plush and lymph node plush.

AccessorySpleen2 How much do you know about your spleen? Here are some weird and wacky facts that might have you thanking your spleen for what it does. 10% of people have an extra, tiny spleen next to their regularly-sized one, and it's considered normal. Splenomegaly is the technical name for an enlarged spleen. Where the spleen hangs out: Under the left side of your ribcage. Spleens are actually more purple than red (and they're definitely not green)! Spleens do not regenerate, but livers can! The spleen also gets rid of old red blood cells. Here's how: when blood cells get old, they get stiff; the spleen has tiny channels called blood capillaries. These are too small for old, stiff blood cells to get through, so they get caught. Then the white blood cells in the spleen break down the old red blood cells. Know any more cool facts about spleens? Comment below!    
ORGANS-WITH-NO-ORGANIZATIONAmerican Heart Association. American Liver Foundation. American Lung Association. Think of an organ, and most of the time you can think of a non-profit that lives and breathes for a particular organ. But what about the organs we can live without? There is no American Spleen Foundation because most of the time they cut that thing out and toss it in the incinerator as you move into life without this import, yet inessential immune system pal. So we think it's high time to celebrate the organs you can live without -- the gallbladder, spleen and appendix -- with their own non-profit. We are proud to introduce the Organization for Organs With No Organization (OOWNO) to celebrate those guts that are gone but not forgotten (actually, these is a Gallbladder Cancer organization). Share you story of your lost appendix with us!