Baby Born With Four Arms And Four Legs Undergoes Successful Surgery

babyAt the end of May, a mother in eastern Uganda gave birth to a boy with four legs and four arms. While I’m sure seeing her son for the first time was a shock, I keep wondering about the birth itself. It’s hard enough to give birth to a child with half as many limbs. Recently, the baby, Paul, underwent a pioneering surgery in which he was separated from what doctors diagnosed as a parasitic twin.

Paul’s mother gave birth at home, and as you can imagine, she and her family lit out for the nearest hospital immediately, fearing that they had been the victims of witchcraft and would be ostracized by their community. The regional hospital wasn’t equipped to deal with the situation, so they sent the family to the Kampala, the capital of Uganda, to the Mulago Hospital. That’s where doctors determined that the extra limbs were a result of something called parasitic twinning, which is pretty much just what it sounds like — a twin which, rather than growing normally, or even conjoining in typical Siamese twin fashion, never fully developed. The twin’s head and heart never developed, but some parts of it — the limbs — did, and those parts essentially relied on Paul’s blood and body to keep them alive.


Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of September 15

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

BrokenMonsters“Broken Monsters” by Lauren Beukes

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe — and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.


Blood Type May Affect Cognition And Memory

blood typeA number of years ago, I came across a book called Eat Right For Your Blood Type, which argues one’s blood type determines the foods that are optimal for them, and also affects one’s personality. It’s one of those claims I thought was total bullshit until I began reading through the section for my blood type, which happens to be “B.” The generalizations there were spot on — but hey, horoscopes, or anything that vaguely assigns characteristics to big groups of people, can be spot on too, right? And I’ll never stop eating corn or lentils. One of the disconcerting parts of the write-up is the assertion that type B people tend to lose their mental acuity and memory fairly drastically with age. I’ve thought about this from time to time when I can’t seem to find the word I want or can’t remember events that at one point seemed unforgettable, but have generally dismissed it — until now. A new study published in Neurology asserts that, indeed, blood type may correspond to loss of memory later in life, particularly for people with AB type blood.


Z Nation Creator Talks The Walking Dead, Zombies, And Standing On Their Own

ZNationFeatYou probably know this already, but zombies are everywhere. From movies to car and candy commercials to the most popular show on television, the undead are taking over in a totally different kind of way. With the massive success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you can anticipate some imitators, just don’t expect Syfy’s Z Nation, which premiered this past Friday, to be one of them, at least not according to the guy behind the new show.

Series creator Karl Schaefer recently sat down with Blastr to talk about the various ways his show is different from its big name competitor, their right to exist, and the current zombie phenomenon as a whole.


Gotham PD Busts Stormtrooper In Awesome Star Wars-Batman Collision

star warsIf you’ve been paying attention, there has been a good-natured back and forth flame war between J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII and Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero flick Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both of which are currently filming. The two sides have been shooting mashed up photos of the two properties back and forth for a while, and now we have the latest, and possibly greatest (is this the big gun that ends the war?) salvo.

Snyder took to his Twitter account and blasted out this picture of the Gotham City Police Department arresting a stormtrooper. The white-clad Imperial foot-solider is bound by handcuffs (or possibly one of those industrial strength zip ties the cops use nowadays, you can’t really tell for sure) and the officers are forcibly inserted him into the back of their squad car. The message simply reads “Case closed.”


Guardians Of The Galaxy Just Made Its Anime Debut In Japan

Guardians of the GalaxyThis weekend marks one hell of a milestone for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the movie will, according to estimates, pass the $300 million mark both abroad and domestically (becoming the first movie to break through that barrier in the U.S. this year). But that’s not all. We won’t be getting that animated Guardians series that we thought we were going to get out of San Diego Comic-Con back in July, at least not any time soon, but have no fear, there is apparently an anime version that may help tide you over until Guardians of the Galaxy 2 drops July 28, 2017.

The unlikely group of interstellar heroes/deep space outlaws comprised of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, just made they’re first appearance as part of a Japanese series called Marvel Disc Wars: The Avengers (which honestly only makes us want to see the Guardians team up with the Avengers even more than we already did). And we have to say, it sounds both a little insane and a little awesome.