Pregnant Boy
May 1, 2003 2:30 PM   Subscribe

Boy pregnant with little brother. Well, sort of.
posted by xmutex (46 comments total)
If it weren't true it would make for an excellent, literary short story.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 2:40 PM on May 1, 2003

Anyone ever seen the X-Files episode "Humbug"?
posted by Riptor at 2:47 PM on May 1, 2003

It sounds like the BBC story = teratoma + hype.
posted by ptermit at 2:54 PM on May 1, 2003

it's actually happens a lot more than you think. in fact, it even happened to me, except that instead of my little brother, I was impregnated with a copy of hot slots.
posted by mcsweetie at 2:56 PM on May 1, 2003

posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:56 PM on May 1, 2003

Mmmm.. Undead hairy paristic twin.
posted by somnambulation at 2:57 PM on May 1, 2003

That totally feaks me out.
posted by pjgulliver at 2:59 PM on May 1, 2003

Saw this yesterday - just two weeks ago, I told my girlfriend this happened sometimes, and she said I was lying..

Anyway, didn't Stephen King write a story about this.. I think it was the Dead Zone, but you only find out about it at the end of the novel.. so if anyone was planning to read it, I apologise
posted by ascullion at 3:02 PM on May 1, 2003

Ah ... for seven years it was alive? Could you imagine that kind of life?
posted by syscom at 3:18 PM on May 1, 2003

it wasnt alive syscom...
posted by y0bhgu0d at 3:22 PM on May 1, 2003

Doctors believe the two foetuses should have developed into conjoined twins.

umm...should have?
posted by jpoulos at 3:22 PM on May 1, 2003

There is a short story on this subject by Margaret Atwood. The story, called Hairball, can be found in Wilderness Tips.
posted by xyzzy at 3:24 PM on May 1, 2003

I've heard of getting in touch with your inner child, but this is taking it too far.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:25 PM on May 1, 2003

The Steven King novel this was in was The Dark Half and you actually find this out at the beginning (and what was wrong with the original cover art?).
posted by wobh at 3:29 PM on May 1, 2003

This can happen externally, too. People with visible parasitic twins (especially those with "extra" limbs) used to be fairly common as sideshow workers, and advertised themselves as "The 1 1/2 Girl" and the like.

There is no quirk of the biological world that creeps me out quite as much as this one.
posted by hippugeek at 3:31 PM on May 1, 2003

Afterwards, the normal twin decided to carry his brother around in a basket wherever he went.

Ah, yes. What a sweet little film that was.
posted by bradth27 at 3:34 PM on May 1, 2003

How absolutely, totally, and unequivocally creepy.
posted by aaronscool at 3:40 PM on May 1, 2003

Technically, the brother would be the older one. As age is determined by when you exit the mother, and no matter which end of the *host* exited the mother first, the *parisite* would have exited completely before the *host* could.

Creepy indeed.
posted by woil at 3:43 PM on May 1, 2003

"Wait a minute. Hugo's scar is on the wrong side. He couldn't have been the evil left twin. That means the evil twin is, and always has been... Bart!"


Lisa: "I believe they prefer to be called "conjoined twins".
Hibbert: "And hillbillies prefer to be called sons of the soil. But it ain't gonna happen."

Ah, twin humor, twice as funny as regular humor.
posted by GaelFC at 3:52 PM on May 1, 2003

"Scorpio -- You're gonna die
Aquarius -- You're gonna die
Libra -- You're gonna die
Gemini -- You're gonna die. Twice"
-- Chris Rock
posted by matteo at 4:00 PM on May 1, 2003

This comes up every so often and usually what I hear is, "This is more common than you think."

So who here has a fetal tumor? Chances are some mefite does.
posted by skallas at 4:15 PM on May 1, 2003

I just finished poking around my stomach, I can't imagine anything too big being in there, but who knows.
posted by bobo123 at 4:18 PM on May 1, 2003

< gratuitous comment about welcoming undead hairy parasitic foetus overloars...both of them.>
posted by ArsncHeart at 4:21 PM on May 1, 2003

Anybody remember the Tales From the Crypt episide about the Ventriloquist that was really good, but it was really his freaky psycho twin brother that grew out of his arm... you know?
posted by maniactown at 4:26 PM on May 1, 2003

Please tell me that I'm not the only one thinking of a certain school nurse.
posted by Dreama at 4:31 PM on May 1, 2003

It's happened before.

From here (scroll about midway down):

7/97 - a fetus was discovered in the abdomen of a 16 year old - Hisham Ragab of Egypt. A swollen sac found pressing against his kydney turned out to be his 7 inch long, 4lb, 6oz identical twin

Was also in the Guinness Book of World Records if I recall correctly (the print version).
posted by mfli at 5:02 PM on May 1, 2003

Did you hear the news about Edward?
posted by Hildago at 5:50 PM on May 1, 2003

When this kid grows up he can join the Sacrococcygeal Teratoma Baby Support Group.
posted by jengod at 5:52 PM on May 1, 2003

My g/f had a lump on her eyebrow that was was not a problem until she stopped growing, at which time it kept growing. She had it removed, and they found bits of hair,oil, part of another eyeball, and a sliver of tooth.
posted by notsnot at 6:18 PM on May 1, 2003

posted by stbalbach at 6:44 PM on May 1, 2003

I can't believe the pool of hipsters present have omitted mentioning Philip K Dick's Dr. Bloodmoney or How We All Got Along After the Bomb thus far. That is the first and fountainhead for all such tales:

Bonny's daughter Edie, conceived on the day of the nuclear holocaust, who talks to a twin brother of whom only she is aware --who is the savior at the penultimate moment.
posted by y2karl at 7:15 PM on May 1, 2003

A better exegesis--you must scroll down--from, said salient section follows:

The plot centers on two places in two times. Berkeley and the western part of Marin County in "future" 1981 and 1988. The great event is a nuclear war in 1981. It dominates all of the lives and smaller events shown—even an aborted encore in 1988.

The questions of control and perception of the world that Dick raises revolve around four characters, two of whom are world famous, each having an impact on all humanity. The other two are claimants for such roles. The first famous person is Dr. Bruno Bluthgeld, the man who has been held responsible for a nuclear accident some years before the war that nearly destroyed the world. The second, Walt Dangerfield, has been stranded in Earth orbit, along with an incredible tape library, by the war. Bluthgeld believes he caused the war, by willing it. Dangerfield believes in nothing more than his responsibility to provide what entertainment and communications he can for the people trying to survive below, helping them build, perhaps, something more than isolated, paranoid communities like the one at Point Reyes Station. One is hated, of course (though he is not suspected of starting the war), the other loved.

The two pretenders are Hoppy Harrington, a legless, armless, a ‘phocomelus’ with extraordinary mental powers, and Bill Keller, the "unborn" brother of Edie Keller, who appears, to a doctor's touch, merely as a benign growth in her belly.

As might be expected, the fates of all four characters finally become intertwined. Harrington destroys Bluthgeld and nearly manages to kill and usurp Dangerfield. Bill, recently removed from his sister's body, engages Harrington in a psychic battle. He wins, taking Harrington's body as his prize (his own small body cannot survive in the world on its own).

It was written in 1963 but it holds up still--it's quel Dickian.
posted by y2karl at 7:24 PM on May 1, 2003

There's also How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Good film.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:29 PM on May 1, 2003

My g/f had a lump on her eyebrow

Okay, I was doing fine right up until here. Eew. Cringe. Gack. Shudder. Choke. Twitch. Vomit.

I don't for an instant believe you're telling the truth, but jeeeeezus man, I don't need that sort of image in my brain...
posted by ook at 8:47 PM on May 1, 2003

Here's the l'il bugger I was talking about.
posted by y2karl at 9:04 PM on May 1, 2003

If you'd like to see *real* pictures of "anomalies" like this, I'd have to recommend Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. Most any med school or college library should have a copy.

Great coffee table book. If you never want to have company come over [again].
posted by wdpeck at 10:53 PM on May 1, 2003

I've known two people that have had hairy, toothy cysts removed so I don't imagine it's that uncommon.

It's called a dermoid cyst or mature teratoma.

teratoma: a type of germ cell tumor derived from pluripotent cells and made up of elements of different types of tissue from one or more of the three germ cell layers
posted by Monk at 11:51 PM on May 1, 2003

So what if you were originally meant to be one of a set of septuplets?

That's a lot of extra bits sticking out.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:33 AM on May 2, 2003

Hildago: That was my least favorite song on that album when I first picked it up, but it's grown to be my favorite...
posted by kaibutsu at 2:37 AM on May 2, 2003

I suspect it is even more common than we think, but the much smaller twin gets absorbed completely into the body of the surviving fetus as it grows. Who knows.

Anyway, on the subject of SF authors and twins, Robert Heinlein came up with one of the most interesting types of all, which is impossible without deliberate medical intervention: the mirror twin. Each human zygote (egg or sperm) carries half of its parent's DNA, and this happens because each such zygote is a split half of a reproductive cell. So, take two such reproductive cells, one male one female, split each so that we have four zygotes (two eggs, two sperms) and fertilize. You get two people who are brother and sister, with the same parents, but whose genetic inheritance is completely different. Although of course they have a mixture of their four grandparents' genes, so they will look somewhat alike.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 2:38 AM on May 2, 2003

...and they found bits of hair,oil, part of another eyeball, and a sliver of tooth.

Probably would make a lovely canape.
posted by Witty at 3:55 AM on May 2, 2003

Philip K Dick's Dr. Bloodmoney

That's one of my faves, y2karl. I believe Dick's writing must have touched on nearly everything, in it's idiot savant way. I intend to consume all his works before I quit this coil.
posted by walrus at 5:03 AM on May 2, 2003

Just watch out for those pink lazer beams!
posted by y2karl at 8:46 AM on May 2, 2003

That story just gave the heebie-jeebies; I have no idea why.
posted by Cerebus at 10:26 AM on May 2, 2003

Just for the record, there's Andrea Martin as the wacky aunt in My Big Fat Greek Wedding: "Inside the lump, was my twin. [pause] Ah, spanakopita!"
posted by serafinapekkala at 10:59 AM on May 6, 2003

Just watch out for those pink lazer beams

Wow, where did you get that link? I love it. Reminds me of stuff I used to read from time to time in an aperiodically published magazine called "Watermelon" when I was at college. It was basically published by a bunch of nutters, who drew it whilst under the influence, shall we say, and used to hock copies of it out of a rucksack, at festivals or raves, to fund their fiendish habits. Excellent work if you can get it ...
posted by walrus at 2:31 AM on May 9, 2003

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