Which immune system part are you? 

Tonsil: reclusive and easily tamed with ice cream? 
Thymus: nurturing yet thinks life ends after childhood? 
Spleen: tough yet disposable? 
Or are you a Lymph Node: omnipresent and easily irritated?

We’ve got a thymus plush now! This incredible gland is an important part of the immune system, it works hardest in young bodies and declines after puberty. The thymus, located inside your chest, nestled between your lungs, provides a place for T-cells to mature before they go out and kick some virus, bacteria or parasite booty. Thanks, Thymus! Also, if you’ve ever eaten sweetbreads, that’s the (not human) thymus you’re munching on.

Many of you have written in to suggest making some sort of graphic showing where all the guts and glands live in the body, and I've finally gotten around to creating one. It's even got rollovers so you can learn more about, say, your pineal gland, should you have time to squander. For the purposes of simplicity, we've made the body a hermaphrodite -- she's got a uterus to go with her prostate and testes! We'll call her/him Hermie.
































Picture 10Considering the fact that I look at internal organs all day long for a living, my score on the name all the internal organs in four minutes quiz is shamefully bad. I only got 15 out of 24 total organs, isn't that pathetic? Granted, it was mainly because I didn't really read the directions and forgot to pluralize things like parathyroids and ovaries (and jeez, who knew the esophagus would be included, but skin wouldn't? And they rejected spelling gallbladder as one word. I say, look it up in the dictionary, bitches). Anyway, learn from my mistakes, pluralize,  and take the quiz. The clock does start ticking right away, so be ready to go when you click on the link and don't dawdle like I did.