Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Treeheadedness


The man in this picture suffers from an extremely rare medical condition called treeheadedness. Onset is typically preceded by strong winds, which blow a tree seed into the patient's throat. It can lodge behind the tonsils, and with the right bacterial conditions and generous oxygen - if the patient is very talkative or, say, an opera singer - a very rapid treeification can occur.

Having the tree then catch on fire is just one of the many challenges faced by sufferers.

This beautiful art print depicting the rare condition is by Dee Dee Cheriel, and is available for purchase here.

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