Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Now For Something a Little Less Cute

The illustration above didn't come from a science-fiction novel. It's a rather faithful likeness of a woman who went by the name of Madame Dimanche. And the growth in the middle of her forehead? It's a horn. According to medical accounts from the 19th century, the horn first sprouted when Madame Dimanche was seventy-six and grew ten inches before it was finally removed by a Parisian doctor.

Horned humans aren't as rare as one might think, though these days the horns are usually quickly removed. Caused by a host of different conditions, they can pop up almost anywhere on the body. However, most horns are due to a skin disorder known as cornu cutaneum, and are composed of keratin (the same substance responsible for fingernails).

Those interested in the subject should pay a visit to thehumanmarvels.com, where you can read about Wang the Human Unicorn, as well as two recent cases. Warning: The site is not for the faint of heart.


Anonymous Nellie said...

Weird. And poor lady!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike said...

Oh my gosh. That is so gross looking! That person was right who said after the cute bird will be something really gross.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

That picture is really weird looking. So weird in fact, that I didn't click on the link, no matter how curious I am. I may check it out later, but I'm kind of trying not to. It just seems too weird. :P

8:19 PM  
Blogger Dame Orchid said...

I couldn't resist clicking on the link.
I agree with Nellie, that poor lady.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Random Irregular said...

The Human Body is Amazing!

2:47 AM  
Anonymous jenna said...

Weird. Is there any way to make the cells form a horn?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's gross, cool, and weird all at the same time!

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my word.

That's medieval times for ya!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that picture on the website is so gross it is not even funny

6:33 PM  

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