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Someone needs to explain this to me:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird/Docs-Find-Tree-Growing-in-Mans-Chest.html

When you were little, did your mom and dad ever tell you that if you swallowed a cherry pit, a tree would grow inside your body? It was an effective parenting tactic, but everybody knows you can't grow a tree inside your body. Right?

When 28-year-old Artyom Sidorkin began complaining of chest pains and coughing up blood, his doctors ran a few tests and found what they strongly suspected was a cancerous tumor on x-rays of his lungs. He was sent into surgery to have the growth removed. Routine stuff.

Routine, that is, until the surgeons sliced open Sidorkin's chest, Fox News reports. There was a growth, alright. It was green and had tufty needles. What had been pressing against the patient's capillaries was, in fact, a spruce tree about two inches long that had taken root in his lung. Doctors at Russia's Udmurtian Cancer Center suspect the man swallowed a seed or bud and somehow, the tree sprouted in his lung wall. Squeamish types should not click here to see a picture of the tree.
 

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Captain Obvious
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I call BS.

somehow inhaled it maybe, but it didn't f'n grow there.
 

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BS +1. I looked at the pic. The seedling has no roots. It looks neatly chopped at the bottom. Then there's the matter of photosynthesis to consider. I'll grant that light can penetrate, say, a hand. But there's a lot of lung wrapped around that thing. NFW. I think those dang rooskies are trying to pull one over on the 'murkins.
 

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finally, a topic in the lounge i know something about.

i clicked on the link and looked at the pic. i have credentials when it comes to trees and forests.

the pic is not a seedling, or new growth from from a bud, or any other tissue.

it is a shoot from a mature tree--i can't tell if it is a spruce or true fir.

i know alot less about human anatomy or how a shoot from a tree might lodge in somebody's lung, but i concur that most of this story is BS.
 

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terry b said:
What a bunch of doubting Thomasii. :mad:
that would be me.

if this were bamboo, it might be a different story. that can grow right through your body according to mythbusters.
 

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I always thought that a watermelon would grow out my arse if I ate the seeds. My parents never told me this. I thunk it all myself our of my own little pea brain. Musta ate a lot of legumes as a youngin'.
 

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Bocephus Jones II said:
Simple mistake. Musta thought she was a tree.

I remember talking to a buddy at a major beer bash held in a local gravel pit when I was in college. We were well into the event and I glanced down while he was talking to me about some matter of importance and noticed a dog peeing on his leg. I looked up and continued the conversation unabated. He never noticed. I don't think his day was ruined nor did he suffer emotionally.

Proof of the new victim society.
 
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