Social networking websites drive me batty, yet I just created a Facebook page for I Heart Guts. Call me a hypocrite, but folks kept asking about it, so it’s up there. I had all the organs up on MySpace, but I have been naughty about updating those pages and keeping up with them and of course MySpace has lost the popularity contest to Facebook. So, lemminglike, I’ve created an account over there. Why not waste a moment of your precious time and add us as your Facebook pal? You can even upload photos of you and your guts to our site and join other groups such as “My Liver is No Longer on Speaking Terms with Me.”
Archive for January, 2009
I Heart Guts is sad to inform you that we have issued a voluntary recall for one of our products, the Uterus Plush. For those of you who noticed our impromptu hysterectomy, here’s the story: In an effort to make sure our toys are safe for all ages, the uterus plush failed a child toy safety standards test — basically, if you pull too hard on the fallopian tubes, the ovary pops off, creating a potential choking hazard for small children. While we figured a plush uterus might not be of great interest to kids — we designed it as a collectible plush for adults and marked them for ages 3 and up — we want to be absolutely sure no harm comes from playing with our guts. If the uterus plush is within the grasp of a child, please remove it immediately and follow our instructions for returning the plush toy. On the bright side, the rest of our plush lineup meets U.S. and European safety standards for children’s toys. The uterus will be made available on our website for adults only — it is a sex organ after all — who consent to keep it away from kids. A new kid-safe uterus will be available in 2009 for those of you with kids who must have a plushie uterus. In the meantime, please refrain from swallowing any ovaries.
Even if your kid hates liver ‘n’ onions, odds are — if your kid is odd — he or she may enjoy a liver t-shirt! By popular demand, we’re starting to add kid sizes to our Gutsy t-shirt lineup, starting with our Liver Not a Fighter tee in sizes 6-12 months up to 6 years. Woo hoo! We will slowly expand our size range into greasy kid stuff over the next year, so check back often. Thanks to all of you who suggested we launch into kiddie stuff.
Another book worth checking out is author-illustrator David Macaulay’s The Way We Work, an anatomical take on the classic The Way Things Work. Filled with great illustrations — my favorite is the disco-dancing muscle cells — and clear explanations of the body’s myriad functions, it is the ultimate resource for anatomy geeks.
Perhaps you’ve heard of a heart transplant, a lung transplant, and even a uterus transplant, but have you ever heard of not just a bowel transplant (WARNING: STOP READING NOW IF YOU’RE EASILY DISGUSTED), but a feces transplant? Yes, it’s true, people sometimes transplant poo. I learned this from What’s Your Poo Telling You?, a fun-loving and fact-filled book all about bodily excretions. Folks with really bad cases of colitis caused by poor intestinal flora can sometimes benefit from a squirt of someone else’s nicely populated bacterial colony. As the book points out, this last-resort treatment may have a bright future “owing to the short list of willing recipients and the potentially endless supply of donors.”