Most folks are born with two kidneys, but did you know some people have three 💜 💜 💜 ? When you’re born with more than two, those extras are called supernumerary kidneys and it’s extremely rare, with fewer than 100 known cases. Having three kidneys is more common following a transplant — they hook up the new one and leave the old one in!

Maybe your brain wasn't burning with the question, "What's new with guts at Comic Con this year?" but we're gonna share anyway. Some more BIG GUTS will debut at Comic Con, specifically the new Colossal Kidney, Big Brain, Immense Intestine and Prodigious Pancreas, all pictured here. These are so fun and fluffy and fabulous, we cannot wait to share them with our favorite folks at the world's largest geek convention (being geeks ourselves, we're allowed to say that). If that's not enough, we'll also have our brand new plush appendix and plush thyroid, seen below, so please stop by our booth, #932! We'll also have our usual array of tees, pins, posters and other fun stuff. And for those of you who can't make it, don't worry, these guys are on now for sale on our website! And there's still a handful of the lifesize kidneys, pancreases and intestines left if you want 'em.
liver-how-it-worksWhen 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.
My pal Michele of Crowded Teeth told me a cute story about a friend of hers who got her boyfriend's kidney after one of hers failed. It seems he's a very big guy and she's very wee, so her newer and larger kidney sticks out a little bit. I never really thought about the fact that -- duh -- your organs are proportionate to your body size. Obvious, but interesting. Hell, if that kidney fits, go ahaed and wear it.