Useless Body Parts

23 10 2010

Last night, over several cocktails, the discussion among several friends turned, somehow, to the fact that one of them had an extra sinus. I won’t get into details, save to say that I feel sorry for her husband, but she claimed that this afflicts 10 percent of people. I’d never heard of such, so naturally, I turned to the Google. And while I can’t find anything to support her statistics, I did run across this interesting list of Useless Body Parts, a few deserve note:

MALE UTERUS: A remnant of an undeveloped female reproductive organ hangs off the male prostate gland.

Well this is news to me! If I end up pregnant, I just want to go on record as saying I want a C-section. That’s all.

MALE NIPPLES: Lactiferous ducts form well before testosterone causes sex differentiation in a fetus. Men have mammary tissue that can be stimulated to produce milk.
 
These are not useless. Not at all. They can also be stimulated to produce an erection.
 
THIRTEENTH RIBOur closest cousins, chimpanzees and gorillas, have an extra set of ribs. Most of us have 12, but 8 percent of adults have the extras.
 
So 8 percent of us are just a little closer to being gorillas? This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us. I think most of these less-evolved people eventually find their way into public office. Or my mother’s bedroom.

BODY HAIRBrows help keep sweat from the eyes, and male facial hair may play a role in sexual selection, but apparently most of the hair left on the human body serves no function.

This isn’t true! Body hair has provided a living for many electrolicists, laser hair removal specialists, and waxists. Not to mention sent stock on the Mangroomer soaring.
 
So, what body part would you just as soon do without??
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15 responses

23 10 2010
Murray Trillionaire

You know I do get moody and bloated (particularly around my Lactiferous ducts) around the 15th of every month. It’s my uterus. What part of my body would I like to do without? I vote for the fat cells that have invaded by stomach, ass, and thighs.

24 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

I second that vote!

23 10 2010
The Incredible Woody

Funny how conversations over drinks lead to Google searches. Last night our conversation went to average height of men and women. Thanks to Google, I won $5:)

24 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

Google and smart phones have taken drunken conversations to a whole new level. The other weekend, and I swear I don’t know how, the conversation turned to whether or not “little people” had normal sized genitals.

23 10 2010
Jason

How come nobody ever told me I have a uterus on my prostate?

And can it be stimulated?

24 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

I think you should try and let us know.

23 10 2010
Moonbeam McQueen

It would be so cool if you gave birth to a little villager. I can see that tiny bow tied baby now. Your mipples (male nipples) would be handy for feeding him, too.

24 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

as long as he didn’t have teeth!

24 10 2010
Judy S

Some people have an extra, unneeded vein in their legs, which can lead to varicosities. (Thanks, Grandma.) I’m getting those suckers taken care of next month.

24 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

How do they remove a vein? That sounds invasive.

25 10 2010
Judy S

Yeah, it’s not for the fainthearted. They will run a laser up the main part of the extra vein, which in my case is only 6″ at the top of my thigh. (Some people have to have an entire vein the length of their leg lasered.) They will then make a series of 1 – 2mm slits all down the rest of the vein, every couple of inches down to my ankle. They will then cut and pull out the remainder of the unnecessary vein once the laser has sealed off the top part. Recovery is not bad, and my legs won’t hurt anymore like they do now.

25 10 2010
The Girl from the Ghetto

VV, just be happy you aren’t Italian. You have no idea what my people go through with hair removal.

26 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

I can only imagine. I fight a losing battle with my eyebrows, so I shudder to think battling hair elsewhere.

26 10 2010
Dad

Read somewhere that in terms of DNA a male human and a male gorilla are 99.5% the same. A male human and a female human are 99.0% the same.
We are closer to gorillas than to our wives/sisters/mothers!

26 10 2010
The Vinyl Villager

I’m pretty certain they would not disagree with that! Does this mean we can blame our “faults” on our DNA?

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