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Man Takes Up Internal Farming

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the cardiovascular-farming dept.

Medicine 136

RockDoctor writes "'A Massachusetts man who was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung came home with an unusual diagnosis: a pea plant was growing in his lung.' Just that summary should tell you enough to work out most of the rest of the details, but it does raise a number of questions unaddressed by the article: How did the pea roots deal with the patient's immune system? What would have happened if the situation had continued un-treated? I bet the guy has a career awaiting him in PR for a pea-growing company."

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136 comments

crap... (4, Funny)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240804)

I knew I shouldn't have eaten the seeds to give myself an edge in all those watermelon eating contests :(

Re:crap... (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240996)

I'm not so worried about the few watermelon seeds I've eaten in my life as I am the sunflower seeds and.... oh god, I just realized I had peanut butter last night!

Re:crap... (4, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241580)

.... oh god, I just realized I had peanut butter last night!

Quick! Have someone lick your nuts and see if they taste salty!

Re:crap... (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243206)

.... oh god, I just realized I had peanut butter last night!

Quick! Have someone lick your nuts and see if they taste salty!

That is going on my to-do list for the weekend.

Re:crap... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33245092)

Bravo.

Re:crap... (0, Troll)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241892)

Time to stop sniffing those Hemp seeds

Re:crap... (1)

Cwix (1671282) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242412)

you pick them out first...

Re:crap... (1)

steelfood (895457) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242890)

At least when it sprouts out of the top of your head, there'll be free watermelon for the whole family!

Monsanto is suing him (4, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243600)

Turns out it's a GMO round-up ready pea mutant. Monsanto is suing him for using their genetic material without paying for it.

This is why you shouldn't eat vegetables (1)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240812)

I remember as a young kid being vaguely scared that, if I ate watermelon seeds, a watermelon would grow in my stomach. Of course, by the time I was six I realized that plants would not grow inside a human. Turns out I was wrong.

Re:This is why you shouldn't eat vegetables (2, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240910)

The only reason it grew inside of him is because he's as old as dirt ... as a child you were too young to sprout your own garden.

Re:This is why you shouldn't eat vegetables (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241542)

The last time I read a story like this, the human was taking immuno-suppressant drugs which allowed the plant to grow without being attacked & killed by white blood cells.

Re:This is why you shouldn't eat vegetables (2, Funny)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243806)

There was a young woman from Leeds, who swallowed a packet of seeds. Within the hour, her tits were in flower, and her bottom was covered in weeds. See, I knew I learnt something instructive while at school.

Re:This is why you shouldn't eat vegetables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33244434)

Turns out you were wrong twice in a row.

  1. Plants don't grow in your stomach (hence you were correct, but your change of mind is wrong)
  2. Plant seeds can *sprout* in a lung, because it's 100% humidity there.

But nothing will grow. Immune system will kill small things, and large things will develop complications (collapsed lung, pain, etc.). In today's day and age this is not a huge problem, yet it is unusual. Most seeds and foreign material would be expelled from the lungs prior to it having any problems.

This is why you should eat vegetables and not aspire *uncooked* vegetable *seeds*. Heck, it is bad to aspire any object - tends to result in problems down the road.

Wow! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33240814)

Unpealievable!

The answer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33240820)

> What would have happened if the situation had continued un-treated?

He'd be a peabrain. Or, as we like to call such things around here, a Republican.

good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (3, Interesting)

snookerhog (1835110) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240876)

Seriously though, INABotanist so could someone elaborate on how long a sprout like this could survive devoid of light for photosynthesis?

I assume that if it went untreated it would have just died and either been absorbed or caused a nasty infection.

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (1)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241102)

It carries its food with it. Enough to grow out of the ground and to start photosynthesising.

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (5, Informative)

TheJokeExplainer (1760894) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241118)

Seeds don't need light when they're just sprouting. That's why you can plant them buried under soil, then they start to sprout.

Think of it as them subsisting on their "egg yolk" (the twin "bean" parts) while they're still in the process of sprouting. As the plant use them up in sprouting and forming leaves, the "bean" parts shrivel up and then the plant starts to rely on its roots and leaves for food and water.

What the article describes most likely looks more like a bean sprout [google.com.ph] than a full-blown pea plant.

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (5, Interesting)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241174)

A seedling is capable of germinating without sunlight, because the fruit (the pea) has within it all the necessary nutrients to sprout.

Photosynthesis serves the function of producing sugar from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide by transfering an electron through several enzymatic structures. It is conceivable that (in order of likelihood), a) the half-inch long seedling was still being fully fed from the fruit, b) simple diffusion of sugar from the blood stream was able to supply the plant with enough sugar to sustain itself, c) free radicals were able to diffuse into the seedling's tissue, donating an electron to the photosynthetic chain.

"Scientists Grow Plants without Sunlight or Water": http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scientists-grow-plants-wi [scientificamerican.com]

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (2, Interesting)

Reziac (43301) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243134)

"Scientists Grow Plants without Sunlight or Water" -- I'm wondering how this might be applied to limited-resource gardening, such as aboard spacecraft (wouldn't be energy-efficient, but might be nutrient-efficient). No doubt some are already wondering how to apply it to the pot plants in mom's basement, too. ;)

Not to mention... "If I grow pot in my lung, I won't have to smoke it!"

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (-1, Flamebait)

berwiki (989827) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241520)

[devoid of photosynthesis]

you are such a fag.
have fun beating-off for the rest of your life you fucking nerd.

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (3, Funny)

Flea of Pain (1577213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242010)

Well it works like this. First if uses its existing nutrients to grow high enough to reach sunlight. Then it starts photosynthesis. If they'd left it in him, he'd have ended up like this [incgamers.com]

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243226)

I'm thinking more like this. [blogspot.com]

Re:good thing it wasn't a watermelon seed (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244356)

But he would have made an excellent food source for these guys [imdb.com] .

Poor bastard... (-1, Offtopic)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240892)

His wife didn't grok his request for a golden shower.

Pine tree lung (5, Informative)

Jodka (520060) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240896)

There is a similar case of a pine tree in a lung [google.com] .

Re:Pine tree lung (4, Informative)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241088)

Actually, the pine tree in a lung ... that was (obviously) a fake: http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2009/04/russian-man-did-not-aspirate-fir-tree.html [blogspot.com] But if this pea actually did grow insidiously inside a man's lung, this is actually remarkable in any number of ways. The immune system surely could not handle a pea, it's simply too large. Plants of been around for a lot longer than mammals, and this just goes to show their evolutionary dominance. If you're an imaginative person, it brings to mind that M. Night Shyamalan movie about the plants intentionally releasing pollen that was toxic to humans. Twilight zone stuff.

A plant growing inside a human, able to cause pain and possibly death, much like a virus, brings to mind lots of philosophical questions.

Re:Pine tree lung (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242276)

Plants of been

What?!

Re:Pine tree lung (2, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242968)

If you're an imaginative person, it brings to mind that M. Night Shyamalan movie about the plants intentionally releasing pollen that was toxic to humans.

Except that plants don't have intentions (doesn't take away from a silly horror flick, of course).

Re:Pine tree lung (0)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243876)

Humans don't have "intentions" either, we're just a mix of chemicals that obey physical laws. Evolutionarily, plants could just as easily sense human 'pheromones' in the environment through receptors on their bark or leaves, which initiaties a cascade of chemical events leading to the release of toxic pollen. That's basically what a glutamate receptor in your brain does: senses a neurochemical causing neuronal depolarization of the target cell.

Re:Pine tree lung (2, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244362)

How did this toxic pollen evolve?

Of course humans have intentions - brains operate differently than bark. It's of course true that the basis for our brains is simple electro-chemical/quantum interactions, but from that base are built ever more complex structures, some of which generate intentions.

To say a brain has no intentions is to say that a city has no neighborhoods because houses are made of wood, stone and metal, which have no neighborhoods. This is a division [nizkor.org] error.

Re:Pine tree lung (1)

sonnejw0 (1114901) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244578)

How does anything evolve? What's your point?

It's not a division error, and linking to an explanation of a division error doesn't make it one any more. There's no reductionism about it. That's like saying that describing how an engine causes a car move is reductionist.
Neurons operate via complex set of modalities involving physical, chemical, and temporal actuators. "Intention" is a human invention foisted upon objects which results in superstition and type I error. Great evolutionarily to protect us from predators, but bad at making us effective logicians. Synergism of neurons can create inordinately complex results, but that does not create a qualitative upheaval in which "intention" is born. Free will cannot exist without cause-and-effect. If we truly had free will, our actions would have no correlation to our environment at all ... but they do. What we sense in our environment causes us to produce a certain effect, like sensing a sabertooth tiger "causes" our sympathetic noradrenergic systems to overpower our parasympathetic system and produce a preference to RUN! It's all very elegant ... but complexity and synergism is quantitatively exponential, it does not produce something where there was nothing.

Re:Pine tree lung (1)

RadioElectric (1060098) | more than 3 years ago | (#33245138)

These are significant questions but you're acting like we already have the answers.

Re:Pine tree lung (2, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#33245160)

How does anything evolve? What's your point?

Traits occurring through random mutation that are useful for a species to reproduce tend to be picked up, and traits that expend resources that offer no benefit tend to be lost.

The idea that thousands of plant species could have convergently picked up a complex set of traits (poison pollen, communications systems) that were never useful before but required resources to maintain - asymptotically approaches zero.

Synergism of neurons can create inordinately complex results, but that does not create a qualitative upheaval in which "intention" is born. Free will cannot exist without cause-and-effect. If we truly had free will, our actions would have no correlation to our environment at all ... but they do.

Yes, I'm familiar with the Free Will arguments. That Will is predictable, given perfect knowledge of all the inputs and states (including quantum uncertainty) is true, but that knowledge is unattainable, so 'free will' is used to describe an abstraction of the human experience. The same could be said of any of the other human mental states - anger, love, happiness, sadness, calmness, inspiration, depression. That one can explain the hormones or neurotransmitters involved in creating those states does not make the words less useful for describing the human condition.

This isn't superstition, though, it's pragmatism. Sitting around in a nihilistic funk winds up not being a useful exercise. Using these abstractions lets us talk about humanity. Describing the mechanics lets us talk about a human being. Simply describing the anatomy and physiology is insufficient to describe the emergent behavioral features.

Re:Pine tree lung (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244124)

Evolutionary dominance? Yes, because you know, over millions of years, several varieties of peas adapted to the conditions of the human lung and mechanisms of avoiding destruction by the immune system.

Re:Pine tree lung (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 3 years ago | (#33245036)

Evolutionary dominance? Yes, because you know, over millions of years, several varieties of peas adapted to the conditions of the human lung and mechanisms of avoiding destruction by the immune system.

Well, as the article shows, they have done exactly that without even really trying.

(Or more correctly, but less elegantly in our agency-based language, without even being tried.)

My mom used to tell me... (5, Funny)

ITBurnout (1845712) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240898)

...not to inhale my food. Guess she was right.

Re:My mom used to tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33244902)

Only inhaling raw food is a problem.

Farmville (2, Funny)

kriston (7886) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240904)

This Farmville player is asking you for a PEA IN HIS LUNG for his farm!

Re:Farmville (2, Insightful)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243686)

Am I the only one that thought of R. Kelly when you said pea in his lung?

Nothing to see here ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33240916)

... just one of those Monsanto terminator seeds

Massachusetts, UK? (-1, Flamebait)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240972)

Is this Massachusetts, UK? I ask because I'm reading this on the bbc.co.uk, and I figured if this was in the US then shouldn't this be on some Boston news website?

Re:Massachusetts, UK? (0, Offtopic)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241456)

Is this Massachusetts, UK? I ask because I'm reading this on the bbc.co.uk, and I figured if this was in the US then shouldn't this be on some Boston news website?

Wow...

Maybe Slashdot registration should include a test of cognitive skills.

This really is (5, Funny)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#33240992)

a 'Lung'gume.

Hmmm Hmmm. see what I did there.

Re:This really is (1)

Tejin (818001) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244476)

Rosebud Snow Peas! Full of green pea-ness.

is it Monsanto pea? (1, Troll)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241218)

If it is Monsanto's property, they are gonna sue his lung for IP infringement, and then they will force him to breath only Monsanto approved air, for the appropriate price of course.

Re:is it Monsanto pea? (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241474)

Nah, they'd just sue him and force him to commit seppuku.

Re:is it Monsanto pea? (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242134)

Not quite. but they will sue him and demand he return all infringing material -- meaning the seed, plants, harvested crop... and the lung they're attached to.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (1)

nickruiz (1185947) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241262)

Just when you thought you could trust the plants....

Re:Plants vs. Zombies 2 (2, Funny)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243540)

Clearly, this was a pre-emptive strike against his impending zombification.

I must be missing something (0)

UberMorlock (1391949) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241276)

How is this at all "News for nerds" OR "Stuff that matters"?

Re:I must be missing something (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241316)

It's not. That's why it's in Idle.

I heard about this from a doctor involved with it (1)

exolete (1430355) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241280)

... apparently it was only discovered when he went for an unrelated consultation with a podiatrist.

I have some trouble believing this (1)

ralfmuschall (1782380) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241292)

Raw ripe peas are almost as hard as stones and indigestible (it takes soaking for a day and cooking for at least half an hour before the are edible (there are breeds of pea which can be eaten raw, but only the very young unripe fruits, which would not germinate)). I'd like to know what he really did.

Re:I have some trouble believing this (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241514)

Ignoring the obvious fact that you appear to have confused peas and beans (peas will germinate quite nicely while still moist and tasty, you dry them out to preserve the seed for the winter), the fact that the plant was in his lung probably means he somehow inhaled it. Maybe his kid got ahold of one when he was planting his garden, put it in a slingshot, and shot it at him just as he shouted at the kid to stop stealing dried peas. Kid hits him in the mouth just as he inhales - hey presto - viable seed in a moisture-rich environment.

Re:I have some trouble believing this (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242236)

more likely he just coughed and inhaled.

Mameshiba! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33241352)

Hey, did you know that under certain circumstances, a pea can grow in your lungs?

"I'm not hungry now."

Mameshiba~!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss6d3ogxfXc

Watch out for legal department, not PR (1)

JimWise (1804930) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241358)

"How did the pea roots deal with the patient's immune system? What would have happened if the situation had continued un-treated? I bet the guy has a career awaiting him in PR for a pea-growing company." I highly doubt any company wants to use him for PR, but Monsanto may be looking into how to sue him for patent infringement, since he apparently took their patented herbicide resistant strains and modified them to be antibody resistant.

Chewbacca has a message for this guy (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241370)

Chew, dammit!

Re:Chewbacca has a message for this guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33243546)

Chew, baka

FTFY.

didn't read it right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33241518)

at first i read it as "man takes up 'internet' farming" and i was like, so what? anyone can open a facebook account

I once knew a girl... (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241546)

...LOL you have a filthy, filthy mind.

Seriously I knew a girl who developed a severe earache a few weeks after her honeymoon to Yellowstone and saw the doctor about it. He looked in her ear with an otoscope and saw something sticking out from behind her eardrum. It was a germinating seed that had lodged in her ear wax and taken root behind her eardrum. The theory was that the seed blue in during a particularly windy, dusty day during the Yellowstone trip.

Did it grow, or did it just "sprout"? (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241588)

I remember putting a spieces of peas in glasses of water as a child, and they sprouted roots even though they had no nutrients. Presumably they carry a reserve in themselves to kick-start the process, as they well can't get nutrients without a root system?

So, we could say... (5, Funny)

garg0yle (208225) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241648)

...he's achieved inner peas?

Re:So, we could say... (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242156)

He must be peased.

Re:So, we could say... (1)

WeatherGod (1726770) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242394)

::applauds::

I bow to you, good sir...

Give Peas a Chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33241708)

I was kinda hoping the surgeons would announce their discovery on a dry-erase board.

How about internal hookworm farming? Serious! (4, Interesting)

droopus (33472) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241720)

I was watching one of the weird science documentaries my wife loves and saw one that beats this story by a bit. Jasper Lawrence [jasper-lawrence.com] had severe asthma and allergies and heard an old wives tale that hookworms could force the body's immune system to "cure" the allergies...so he went to Africa, stamped around in feces and got a nice case of hookworm. It worked. [wikipedia.org]

Now, he has set up a business [autoimmunetherapies.com] selling hookworms he harvests from his own feces.

Re:How about internal hookworm farming? Serious! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33243548)

Quit shilling your services, fecal freak.

Re:How about internal hookworm farming? Serious! (1)

droopus (33472) | more than 3 years ago | (#33244046)

Um, if you think I was actually doing anything but saying "look at THIS revolting practice" y'all need your receptors checked.

So this is what happens... (2, Funny)

ilsaloving (1534307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241788)

So this is what happens when you give peas a chance?

Self sustained oxygen (1)

dsmoses (653429) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241820)

Since plants give off oxygen, if this had gotten large enough, he could have had a self sustaining oxygen supply without the need to breathe air...

Re:Self sustained oxygen (1)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242886)

Well the obvious need for light would put a damper on this.

I have often wondered if it would convey any advantage for humans to have chloroplasts in their skin.

I have to imagine that it wouldn't be enough surface area, CO2, and Light to actually need to not breath... so probably little to no advantage.

But thats just my guess.

Unintentionally ! (1)

JonStewartMill (1463117) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241828)

I thought this was going to be an article about the guy who raises hookworms in his own body and sells them on the Internet.

Did the doctors examine the guy's brain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33241836)

Probably not or they would have found another pea (brain)...
I have heard of "inhaling" food but never literally before.

BAD TITLE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33241884)

Some extremely unsettling visions assaulted me before I understood what was going on.

A4Q (4, Informative)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241912)

How did the pea roots deal with the patient's immune system?

They didn't have to. The immune system is largely inactive in and oblivious to the airspace of the lung. It would only be when the roots breached the walls and entered the blood that the immune system would get wise.

What would have happened if the situation had continued un-treated?

If it had continued to grow and tore a hole in the lung he could have got infection-like symptoms (fevers and aches as the body ramped up production of leukocytes).

If it had died it would become food for bacteria in the air, and it would have decayed in situ. That would have made a gooey mess.

It gave him what TFA called emphysema, or maybe they meant he really has a prior diagnosis for emphysema so he thought this was more of that and didn't do anything with it until it became acute.

He probably would also have contracted (or had and they weren't reporting) a bad case of pneumonia. The more stuff in your lungs that isn't lung, the easier that is.

BTW, BT, DT, and there's not much better in life than to get a result of "it's not cancer it's something weird" when your lungs hurt.

bet the guy has a career awaiting him in PR for a pea-growing company.

Or a lawsuit waiting for him from the trademark-trolling division of Archer-Daniels Midland, for using their logo [bit.ly] in his x-rays without paying a royalty.

Lung....

Lunnnnnnggggg....

Lovely, woody word....lunnnnnggg...

Re:A4Q (2, Funny)

naoursla (99850) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243212)

I was thinking that Monsanto was going to sue him for using their patented lung-resistant pea seeds.

Re:A4Q (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243242)

Lung....

Lunnnnnnggggg....

Lovely, woody word....lunnnnnggg...

Sounds a bit tinny to me.

Likely employer... (1)

thewiz (24994) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241922)

"I bet the guy has a career awaiting him in PR for a pea-growing company."

Green Giant Vegetables, of course.

Ho ho ho.

Plants vs. Zombies (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 3 years ago | (#33241972)

Don't want zombies in my lung ....

Re:Plants vs. Zombies (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242190)

The pea shooter was just trying to be proactive and get a head start. The guy wasn't a zombie yet; but...

His mom warned him for years... (1)

croftj (2359) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242052)

to not inhale his supper!

I though that said Internet farming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242102)

I thought - That's not news.

 

Bizarre Human-Plant Hybrid Experiment (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242204)

Mendel meets Mengele

Evolution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242304)

in the making, and a great marketing ploy! Tired of breathing? Want to live under water? Try Apple's new Lung-pod! The Lung-pod provides oxygen directly to the lungs without need to breath in or out, and uses the carbon dioxide in your recycled air to fuel itself! Buy your new Lung-pod today! ** May cause cough, irritation, and a yearning for sunlight **

Notice to all men (0, Offtopic)

raddan (519638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242326)

The next time your girlfriend/wife/significant other says "pee in me", they might mean something else.

Re:Notice to all men (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243148)

WTF???

Symbiotics for a Self Sustaining Life (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242444)

With my daughter gunning for a major in Environmental Science, my first thought was, "What is the optimal design for generating sufficient food for one, four, 100, and 20K humans?" Besides the obvious answer of, "Planet Earth".

God's sense of humour (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242666)

"He is currently recovering at home with his wife Nancy, who joked that God must have a sense of humour."

Why do statements like this irritate the f*** out of me?

Call Back (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 3 years ago | (#33242676)

This is how Mendel died.

Safe from Monsanto! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242728)

Well at least he had it removed before Monsanto sued him for infringing on their new patent "Pea plant that grows inside human lung"

Uh-oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33242776)

I hope that Pea didn't come from Monsanto GM seeds, otherwise he better get ready for an epic lawsuit.

Old news (1)

dotfile (536191) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243118)

So now we're just re-posting old shit from every other news source? I read this on the BBC News feed a couple of days ago, and it's been banging around since well before then.
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12001910794327/man-finds-plant-growing-inside-his-lung/ [whdh.com] (8/9)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10945050 [bbc.co.uk] (8/11)

Soylent Peas are People (1)

davetgra (1417029) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243448)

Soylent Peas are People!

This has happened to me also :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33243838)

I'm gonna Anonymous this one....although I think my brother reads /. and will remember this :)

When I was a kid I got frequent nosebleeds. My parents didn't know why my nose would just start to bleed. One day a kid ran over my foot with his bike and my nose started to bleed so they finally said enough is enough and took me to the doctor. The doctor took a look in my nose and found that a pea had taken root in my septum and was actually growing, causing the nosebleeds. He figured I must have shoved the pea up my nose when I was eating (I of course do not remember this happening)...

Jordy Verill (1)

Lovesquid (840251) | more than 3 years ago | (#33243988)

Did he step in Meteor Shit, by any chance?
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