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Didja see this? It’s the newest photo of the Loch Ness Monster. Hit the link if you care.

I never thought it was all that outlandish that there might be something big and uncatalogued in a remote Scottish lake. I never thought it was all that interesting, either.

I mean, unless it really is something awesome like a leftover plesiosaur.

But look here at the famous photo of Nessie, in its not so famous uncropped state. That doesn’t look much like a honking big dinosaur, does it?

That photo is known as the surgeon’s photo, because the doctor who took it refused to be identified by name for years.

On a more interesting note, a Google Images search on “surgeon’s photo” turned up a link to the Burns Archive of Historic Photos. From which is derived this CBS News slideshow of cancer images from the 19th C.

Warning: gross. Fascinating, but gross. Medical books always make me feel intensely grateful to my boring functional old bod.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 29, 2013, 9:51 pm

Also, the craze for headless portraits.

See? Photoshop is not responsible for all the tastelessness in the world.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 29, 2013, 10:38 pm

And then there’s creepy invisible mother portraits. Have we done this one before?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 30, 2013, 1:09 am

I learned yearsmonthsdayshoursminutes ago to not do image searches for medical terms.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 30, 2013, 1:10 am

By the way, are we going to have a run-up for comment number 100,000? That would be sweet.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 30, 2013, 1:11 am

Okay, at the current rate that’s still a ways off. Err, 90,000, then, maybe?

Comment from Nina
Time: August 30, 2013, 5:22 am

I’m doing my part!

/still trying to win the dick by hook or by crook

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 30, 2013, 6:25 am

Loch What?

We have real sea monsters in these parts!

Almost time to look for Ambergris ..

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 30, 2013, 11:20 am

I’m surprised that some of those headless portraits haven’t shown up in Bad Family Portraits.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 30, 2013, 1:17 pm

When I was little my mother made reading exciting, a pathway to adventure. As a working mom, a night nurse, she didn’t have time to read to me or my brother, so naturally she taught us to read on our own. She regretted it when I began to pore over illustrations in her nursing textbooks. Even seen a black-and-white photo of a patient with advanced elephantiasis? It put me off my feed for weeks.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: August 30, 2013, 2:44 pm

Reminds me of watching “In Search of” as a kid. The Leonard Nimoy narration and loony-fringe subject matter always creeped me out. Big foot was the worst though.

Comment from beasn
Time: August 30, 2013, 2:59 pm

On a normal day, my curiosity of the diseased from the 19th century would have me clicking on those links right quick.
Not going to do it. Summer cold. Feel like meh.

The husband is glad, too. He’s still tingling from the conjoined twins story I just read him…which wasn’t even gross in the least. Guy can skin a rabbit and gut a fish but gets the heebies from stuff like conjoinedness and tumors. Odd.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 30, 2013, 6:43 pm

I read a long piece about a pair of conjoined twins that really skeeved me out, Beasn. Basically, the two little girls shared some, but not all, brain matter. They had two separate personalities, carried on two conversations at the same time. But Girl A would laugh at something Girl B could see (but Girl A could not see for herself). And they would finish each otherses sentences in a creepy way.

Too much poking around in the nature of brain gives me the jimm-jamms.

Comment from mojo
Time: August 30, 2013, 8:15 pm

I always assumed Nessie was kind of a combination tourist come-on and the result of a little too much tipple.

But I’m notoriously cynical.

Comment from Dawn
Time: August 30, 2013, 9:22 pm

Ewww gross.

Comment from beasn
Time: August 31, 2013, 3:05 am

These girls, different heads and personalities. The head on the left can only move the left side of their body. The head on the right can only move the right side of their body. They have to coordinate to get things done. Fascinating.


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