Congrats to Philly’s Mütter Museum for making the New York Times top ten coolest museum list! Here is the museum’s famous dried human large intestine specimen alongside the megacolon plush we made for the Mütter’s gift shop. Their enormous 9-foot megacolon once belonged to Balloon Man, whose distended belly earned him a living as a sideshow attraction. Megacolon, aka Hirschsprung’s disease, is a condition where the bowel doesn’t have enough nerve endings to tell your body to send poop to the rectum. Hirschsprung’s is treatable now, but back in the 1800s, the condition could be fatal. Balloon man died at age 29 from chronic constipation — he often went for a month without a bowel movement — with 40 pounds of feces in his colon. 💩 We are mega happy for you, Mütter!
When a museum calls itself "disturbingly informative" you know it's got to be great. The Mutter Museum, part of the College of Physician's of Philadelphia, is chock full of bones, preserved guts floating in jars and other creepy stuff from the bodily world. They are perhaps best known for having a replica of Siamese twins Chang & Eng, who had a conjoined liver (hey, if you can't share your liver with your own brother, who can you share it with?) that is preserved and on display at Mutter. This place is the original Body Worlds. Best of all, this emporium of body parts will soon carry I Heart Guts plushies, stickers and buttons, so if you're in the Philly area and you just can't wait, get your guts there.