Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gross--But Really Funny!




It's that time of the week again! Time to link up to Alphabe-Thursday with Jenny Matlock. The letter this week is the letter G. G is for gross (but really funny!).

The other day, my daughter showed me the critters she made out of her legos. "Can you guess what they are?" she asked. I went through the usual list of guesses: animals, people, and bacteria (that one is a usual one for my daughter).

My daughter laughed, then told me that they were parasites! The big green one is a tapeworm. The one on wheels is a filarial worm. It's hitching a ride on a mosquito. Did you know that the filarial worms can cause elephantiasis? Me neither, but my 7-year old daughter did! I was too embarrassed to ask her what elephantiasis is.

According to my daughter, two of these parasites can be deadly! I don't remember which two, however. Even the tapeworm can ruin eyesight, according to my daughter.

Who knew?

So what kind of bizarre things do your kids make out of their legos? Can anyone beat parasites?

I didn't think so!

Here is a portrait I found of someone suffering with elephantiasis. Pretty gross, huh?

24 comments:

  1. I think this was the woman in front of me on line at Walmart today.

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  2. Yuck! My son came home from school today and told me they got to name their mealworms today. Mealworms?? Really??

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  3. I insist that you remove my picture from your blog--NOW!!!!!LOL

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  4. LOL, I had to laugh when I read this because my oldest dd used to do the same kinds of things when she was young! She is now in college and is majoring in plant genetics so you might just have a future scientist on your hands. Oh, and the picture of the lady also reminded me of my childhood! NO, I didn't have elephantitasis but I remember taking a trip to the Smithsonian and they had a childs leg in a big jar and the child suffered from it. I will NEVER forget seeing that! Fun G share today! Nan

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  5. I'm amazed that your daughter would think to make parasites with her logos! I love the way kids think. :)

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  6. She is super creative! Almost everything JDaniel creates is a robot or a machine.

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  7. Very disgusting. I just want to say I hate parasites. Very much.

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  8. at least science understands how to get rid of most of them...

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  9. I don't think there's anyway I can beat that. But I do know never to ask my son about anacondas.

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  10. Seriously?? That is so dang funny, that's a kid after my own heart cause it's definitely something I'd do... LOL!! I'm amazed she knows so much about parasites! Call me crazy but that pic of the elphantitis is kind of cool, in an artistic sort of way:-)

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  11. Gross! Reminds me of that movie "The Elephant Man. " kind of sad too.

    My daughter is the same way with obscure animal facts. Her brain blows me away.

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  12. Eww, I've heard of elephantiasis before but I have never seen such a severe case on the legs and thighs. That poor woman!

    I think it's so funny and so cool that your daughter knows so much about parasites and what they can do to you. It totally amazes me how our kids know so many things at such an early age these days!

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  13. Oh that poor woman in the photo. Her life must have been miserable and painful.

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  14. That is really, really a sad picture. Poor thing

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  15. Did she learn that on her own or in school? No, I don't recall mine every making parasites with Lego and they played with Lego a lot.

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  16. Well, she certainly has a tiny waist! I saw a documentary on this disease. It is certainly a sad one!

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  17. Your daughter sure is clever. But elephantiasis is so very tragic. Have you ever seen the play or movie The Elephant Man?

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  18. Not gross at all...but amazingly clever. I'm really impressed that she even knew all this.

    Elephantiasis does seem like a horribly sad disease, doesn't it? I can't imagine going through life with that.

    Thanks for a fascinating (and clever) stop this week.

    You are really grand.

    A+

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  19. Yes, it's a horrible disease, but not as prevalent as before. luckily, we don't have it in the states. It usually attacks the groin, especially the male genitals. Lovely!
    Glad that your daughter is learning so many interesting and important things about what happens in other parts of the world.
    Barb

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  20. Tessa loves bacteria, too! I even made her a shirt with an animated drawing of a bacteria!

    On another note, a camp counselor I had in grade school had legs JUST like that. No kidding. Makes me wonder...

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