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?

Nun again for appendix! The miracle of nothing is pretty much all this expendable organ wants. Happy Hanukkah!

Gelt-less appendix plush, spleen plush and tonsil plush are available in the shop!

TonsilStones2Do you know what tonsil stones are? Technically, they're called tonsilloliths, and are made up of  bacteria, dead cells, mucus, and other junk that can collect in the grooves of the tonsils. This buildup can happen due to stress, but the most common reason is tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils). The tonsils are supposed to trap bacteria and foreign stuff, but when they are inflamed, they are puffier. This puffiness can cause grooves in the tonsils to close up, which means any bacteria or foreign stuff would get trapped, until it's big enough to poke out of the groove. That's when you see them and get grossed out!
tonsil-iheartguts This giant book Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery is 714 pages of body parts as envisioned by Taschen, one of the finest publishers of books on art, graphic design, architecture, pop culture and other quirkery. If you are an anatomy nut, you will find the gorgeous detail of the book's intricate full color plates very satisfying indeed. The atlas, published in 8 volumes in the mid-1800s, was  two decades in the making, a collaboration between surgeon Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery and illustrator Nicolas Henri Jacob. Just look at the veins on that brain! And so that's what a cross-section of the spine would look like! Also interesting in Taschen's catalog: Aesthetic Surgery, all about, well, trying to improve on what nature gave ya. It's out of stock, but you can still look at the fascinating and sometimes grotesque pictures. You can even send this mouth image as an e-card.