Radiolab Newsletter Valentine Gift GuideWe love podcasts here at I Heart Guts and wow, how exciting when our love is returned! Radiolab's Valentine's newsletter gave our prostate two thumbs up! Someone gifted David Gebel, Radiolab's administrative assistant, with a "cute-as-heck" prostate plush as a "best get-well gift ever" following a laser prostatectomy. "It even has seminal vesicles and a urethra," says Gebel. Glad you're on the mend, David! Also in podcast awesomeness, Alie Ward of the fantastic Ologies podcast, recently shouted out our kidneys on her Nephrology podcast featuring everyone's favorite bodily filters and nephrologist Dr. Samira Farouk. And while we are on the topic of podcasts, take a listen to a classic 99% Invisible podcast where Wendy of I Heart Guts describes what it's like to get a cease and desist from I Heart NY (spoiler alert, it was SCARY because their lawyers are BIG). Anyhoo, some fun things for your ear holes!

Plush Organs Original FounderThank you so much, Threadless, for including us in your International Women's Day feature on artists you should know! We are flattered and honored as there are so many amazing women artists on the platform. Here's what we talked about:

You describe yourself as “anatomically obsessed.” What started this obsession? Have you always been curious about the inner workings of the human body?

Well, I have always been a huge nerd. Ask anyone I went to school with. Art and science were always my favorite subjects; I was either doodling or dissecting worms and frogs. Being nerdy is cool because it just means being interested in stuff. The human body is especially interesting because we all have one! For me, art and science are close to my heart because both help explore the world around us.

The story behind your award-winning plush organs is as inspiring as it is heartwarming (pun intended). What is your favorite organ and which makes the best cuddle buddy?

Ooof, that’s a tough question! That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child! But if pressed, the uterus plush is my favorite. This organ is everyone’s first cramped home, you know? No matter who you are, you got your start inside a uterus—that’s pretty amazing! As far as cuddles go, our penis neck pillow is very snuggly—it’s just such a supportive pal! How many penises can you say that about?

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Like so many other parents, COVID-19 has thrown my work life into turmoil. I have kids at home and it’s been hard to find time for work and creativity. Lately, I’ve been taking our anatomy infographics—like “How Your Thyroid Works” or “All About Ovulation”—and turning them into prints, blankets, and tote bags on Threadless. It’s fun for people to have a little anatomy lesson on a cuddly pillow, and it helps breathe new life into old artwork!

I Heart Guts Plush Organs Human Boy Anatomy YouTubeEver wish you could get a closer look at our plush organs? Well, now you can through the magic of the I Heart Guts YouTube Channel! We've been busy posting videos that show you our plush organs from every angle and also read each hangtag aloud so you can learn a thing or two about your organs!

Buzzfeed Funniest Toys

We are humbled and honored for the shout-outs, Buzzfeed! Whether you're a medical nerd, buying gifts for weirdos, need a present for a struggling pal or just need a silly gift that gives a good laugh, our plush organs get a thumbs-up from Buzzfeed editors. 

Buzzfeed Best Gifts Struggling Friends

Of course we agree that guts make great gifts, but of course we are biased. So don't take our word for it -- read for yourself. At war with your body? Grab a prostate plush and hug it out! Turn that struggle into a snuggle with our plush organs.

Buzzfeed Best Gifts for Medical Nerds

Medical professionals can't be serious all the time-- they need a laugh, too. Get your favorite medical geek something he or she won't soon forget. A gross yet giggle-inducing award-winning plush organ!