Friday, March 25, 2005

Friday Miscellaneous Lifeform Blogging

Attaturk is a tired man this morning. But nonetheless it's Friday and that means a random form of life must be posted.

All manner of material could be thrown up this week, but instead I dedicate this weeks post to the only animal I know of that can do to one physically, what Randall Terry does to one metaphorically.

The Amazonian Candiru

While it is been written that this fish enters the urethra of human bathers (one article - Lins, Journal of Urology, 1945) claims a U.S. navy surgeon named Charles Ammerman operated on three candir victims, in one case slicing into the bladder to extract the fish. Now, it is certain it does based on a recent report of a human having urinated while in the water and the Candir entered through his penis opening. The catfish had to be surgically removed at a hospital in Manaus. The disbelieving urologist (Dr.Anoar Samad) who performed the operation was not certain at first the fish was in the urethral tract but x-rays proved it was in there stuck. (Information verified by Dr. Paulo Petry, Bio-Amazonia Conservation). The Candir is considered by some to be the only known vertebrate to parasitize human beings, however that is an erroneous postulation. Truth is the fish enters humans more by accident than design, fortunately it is rare occurrence they enter human bodies!

HEY! You're at work, get your hands out of your pants and uncross your legs.

Thanks to reader TheaLogie.

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