A Very Strange Brain

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A Very Strange Brain
By Unknown
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ONCE you know what it is, this apparently innocuous picture of a blob assumes a terrible gravity. It is an adult human brain that is entirely smooth – free of the ridges and folds so characteristic of our species' most complex organ.

We can only imagine what life was like for this person. He or she was a resident of what is now North Texas State Hospital, a mental health facility, and died there in 1970, but that's all we know. While the jar containing the brain is labelled with a reference number, the microfilm containing the patient's medical records has been lost.

It Needed a Touch of Authenticity

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It Needed a Touch of Authenticity
By Positively
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Light my fire - no, wait, not that one!