11 Bizarre New Discoveries About The Human Body

Outer space. The depths of the ocean. Sub-sub-sub-sub-atomic particles. These and more amazing topics are what most of us consider THE FRONTIER OF SCIENCE. But here's one way being alive is more interesting than people think it is: many of the most surprising scientific discoveries of recent times involve human anatomy! The human body! A thing you would think science already mapped out pretty good!

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with comedians/podcasters Caitlin Durante and Andy Wood for a rollicking trip through shocking new discoveries about the human body. Throw on your headphones for an amazing journey through the muscles you might be missing, the light your body is emitting, and the festival of surprises everywhere from your bellybutton to your face.

Footnotes:

the Probably Science podcast

The Bechdel Cast (iHeartRadio)

Sludge: An American Health Care Story

the Twinsies podcast

Arrested Development scene where Buster Bluth & Michael Bluth argue about cartography

The State of Modern Cartography (USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute)

Crazy Ways The Human Body's Changing In Our Own Lifetimes (Cracked)

UPDATE: the initial version of this episode cited this BBC report covering a published study that found heavy cell phone use causes external occipital protuberances in the human skull. However, many scientists have pushed back on this study's claims.

5 Insane Things Science Just Found Out About the Human Body (Cracked)

6 Bizarre Superpowers You Didn't Know Your Body Has (Cracked)

Chimera in Greek mythology (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Why do men have nipples? (Scientific American)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke

One Common Ancestor Behind Blue Eyes (LiveScience)

We asked a mortician: Do you really poop when you die? (The AV Club)

Just who is Tommy John, and why does everyone talk about his surgery all the time? (MLB Cut4)

The Muscular Mastery of Michelangelo (The Washington Post)

the "Just Says In Mice" Twitter account (@justsaysinmice)

Use of male mice skews drug research against women, study finds (The Guardian)

Scientific studies favor male mice-and that could hurt a lot of humans (Popular Science)

The Bizarre Hassles Women Face In Our World Designed For Men (The Cracked Podcast)

Bias In Medicine (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

Scientists identify a new organ in our bodies (The Outline)

The mesentery: A 'new' organ you didn't know you had (CNN)

Scientists say they've found a new human organ (Science)

Scientists Just Discovered a New Human Organ, and It's Filled With Secrets (Gizmodo)

Is the Interstitium Really a New Organ? (The Scientist)

Specialized cutaneous Schwann cells initiate pain sensation (Science)

Scientists Say They've Found a New Organ in Skin That Processes Pain (Gizmodo)

The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Giant Megacolon (Mütter Museum) (approx. eight feet long)

Most gallstones removed from a patient (Guinness Book of World Records)