Undertoad Tuesday Mar 13 12:05 PM
March 13, 2007: Horrid skin condition
Kitsune Tuesday Mar 13 12:08 PM
Shawnee123 Tuesday Mar 13 12:26 PM
There goes my lunch.
Sheldonrs Tuesday Mar 13 12:34 PM
(note to self-when the headline reads "horrid skin condition", DON'T OPEN IT!!!)
glatt Tuesday Mar 13 12:35 PM
glatt Tuesday Mar 13 12:42 PM
OK. I closed the window and finished my lunch. For some reason it was the foot picture that grossed me out the most. The others were so alien that they didn't quite register as gross.
Dypok Tuesday Mar 13 12:48 PM
I'd cut off my hands.
Flint Tuesday Mar 13 01:05 PMATLANTA ó Two Georgia men survived a gruesome suicide attempt Friday after cutting their own arms off with a saw, reported Atlanta's Journal Constitution.
The 40 and 41-year-old men managed to remove three of their four arms, cutting them about six inches above their wrists, Atlanta Police Major Lane Hagin told the Journal.
Griff Tuesday Mar 13 01:31 PM
The guy looks pretty fit, like he does physical work, but I can't imagine he has a lot of functionality left in his hands.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 13 05:02 PM
I wonder how long it took from the first sign to this mess? Also, did he try cutting them off in the beginning?
SteveDallas Tuesday Mar 13 05:09 PM
That's scary--it's so bad it looks like it can't possibly be real.
glatt Tuesday Mar 13 05:22 PM
The link said that about a decade ago he burned off some that were on his feet, and they didn't come back. He had that treatment about a decade ago, and let it go for a decade until it got to this point and the missionary found him. I wonder why he wouldn't keep cutting and cauterizing the things if it was successful. Even if that procedure was painful, it has to be better than living like this.
lumberjim Tuesday Mar 13 05:31 PM
how the heck did he get the sweater on? I wonder what super powers came with the affliction? and what title? Barnicle Boy? The Tickler?
fargon Tuesday Mar 13 06:49 PM
Having suffered from a chronic and debilitating skin condition for 30 years, I have nothing but empathy for the gentleman. The pain and embarrassment from this is overwhelming. This man needs your compassion, not your jokes.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 13 07:18 PM
I don't think either will affect him one way or the other, though.
lumberjim Tuesday Mar 13 07:58 PM
Kingswood Tuesday Mar 13 08:43 PM
It looks an awful lot like the coating on Hot 'N' Spicy chicken from KFC. I don't think I will ever eat Hot 'N' Spicy again without thinking of those hands.
Aliantha Tuesday Mar 13 08:46 PM
Thanks for that thought Kingswood. Now you've also ruined it for the rest of us!
monster Tuesday Mar 13 08:47 PM
That poor man. It seems he felt that whilst cauterizing successfully got rid of the old growths, new ones grew faster afterwards. kind like pulling up a dandelion but not getting all of the root. Suddently my eczema doesn't seem so bad.
HungLikeJesus Tuesday Mar 13 09:48 PM
Finger lickin' good.
Aliantha Tuesday Mar 13 09:51 PM
Oh FFS! Just stop. I'm not opening this thread again.
ilikecheese Tuesday Mar 13 10:43 PM
where does this dude buy gloves?
socks seem implausible (lots of those damn ctachy threads)
lumberjim Wednesday Mar 14 12:17 AM
lumberjim Wednesday Mar 14 12:19 AM
KARYN Friday Mar 16 02:00 PM
That's Disgusting with a capital "D"
DanaC Friday Mar 16 03:19 PM
AZjanny Saturday Mar 17 11:17 AM
How does he wipe his butt?
bluraven Sunday Mar 18 02:48 AM
Johnald chaffinch Saturday Apr 14 03:59 PM
he's about 40 and still sharing a bed with his brother. imagine them being in a small bed with you :S
Mayor of Shekou Monday Apr 16 01:25 AM
NSFW Saturday May 19 02:26 AM
I just stumbled on a followup to this story, the guy is getting some treatment:
Happy Monkey Saturday Nov 17 10:42 AM
A different guy with the same (or a similar) condition, referenced here.
Gravdigr Tuesday Nov 20 06:05 PM
Also, I'm guessing that there's not much in the way of masturbation going on...
orthodoc Tuesday Nov 20 10:05 PM
There was an article about this man (I think it's the same man) on Foxnews recently (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,812103,0.html). The good news is , there may be a treatment. I hope so.
DanaC Wednesday Nov 21 07:23 AM
Never fails to amaze me just how spectacularly wrong the human body can go. The tiniest flaw at the smallest level and boom....your life's marked in bold and underlined.
Kitsune Wednesday Nov 21 09:35 AM
Jackalope bunny feels his pain.
ZenGum Wednesday Nov 21 10:01 AM
What amazes me is that it is just a regular wart virus finding someone whose immune system is vulnerable to it.
Clodfobble Wednesday Nov 21 11:08 PM
I don't know, but a lot of different skin conditions do that, especially if you add in the groin area.
Andoria Thursday Nov 22 11:53 AM
The body, as I'm sure everyone knows this much at least, grows in stages.
You start with a single cell; which starts its rapid dividing. If it avoids an overdose of Plan B, it eventually develops into a blastocyst and then gastrualizes (? too uncoffeed to check my own spelling). So, then what we have is the beginning of differentiation as the cells begin to move about to where they're going to end up in the finalized organism. Not quite 'stem cells' but not quite "Cell #228347 in the ring finger of the right hand".
So you have a circle, a dented in circle, a neural crest starts, etc, and you have a head, a 'body' and a 'tail' .. then arms and legs start to develop, then fingers and toes (and dare I say genitals). Now if this is some sort of pappilomavirus transmitted from mother to son, as was the one thought, he was infected in vivo, I guess.. autosomal, again, the same issue. So the hands/feet/etc are the 'least differentiated' cells of our bodies timewise-line, even though with people, we can't cut off an arm and have it grow back (though with some lizards and the like, it can, as the cells can defifferentiate again and grow a new limb, though I suspect if you cut out a non-vital section of their torso (Say chest muscle), the same effect would not occur).
(takes a big breath) SO that's one reason.
Also this is a keratinized disorder - keratin and keratinized cells hang out in the skin, but most keratin production is likely highly concentrated in hands and feet where the body makes fingernails and toenails. Let's just be happy this doesn't seem to spread randomly to hair follicles (at least not ones far beyond the hands and feet), or worse than just looking ugly, this poor guy would be dead.
So.. no wonder he was whisked off in an ambulance. Some labs would kill for that kind of a phenomenon to study.
ZenGum Thursday Nov 22 12:13 PM
bluecuracao Thursday Nov 22 09:53 PM
kerosene Wednesday Nov 28 07:42 PM
I love the little pair of snippy scissors on top of it...as if in just one little snip it was gone. Makes for a good advertising campaign for the snippy scissors company.
morie Thursday Nov 29 10:09 AM
I feel sorry for the guy but does anyone know how I can give that condition to another person or people? Specifically my in-laws.
shohine Friday Jun 27 07:43 AM
Hi friend, do you know that most of the skin diseases come from public swimming pool? A study published in the June 2008 issue of CDC's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases looked at 160 public pools in the Atlanta area to determine how common the two parasites are, even at times when they aren't causing outbreaks of illness. Researchers analyzed samples from swimming pool filter systems collected at the end of the swim season and found that one in 12 contained evidence of one or both parasites. With the methods used, the researchers could not determine if these parasites were alive or could cause disease. While 1 in 12 may not seem like a lot, it means that swimmers are coming into contact with these parasites even when health officials don't realize the germs may be causing illness. Children's pools, community pools and smaller-sized pools with less water accounted for most of those that were contaminated. Pools that had fewer swimmers per week were also more likely to contain the two parasites.
Griff Thursday Jul 3 08:34 AM
Damn you SDRTG! I didn't need to see that again. Of course that didn't stop me from bumping it for the rest of you.
Flint Thursday Jul 3 11:05 AM
sweetwater Sunday Jul 13 07:37 PM
Just noticed a description of "My Shocking Story" on TLC tonight - 7 PM Central - that says "An Indonesian of a remote village has incredible rootlike growths on his body." Sounds like this guy, doesn't it?
SPUCK Monday Jul 14 05:12 AM
Can we PLEASE leave this miserable thread die!!!
spudcon Monday Jul 14 08:28 AM
Just change the channel. And try not to think about the recipe.