How long before this is an episode of House? Workers in a slaughterhouse in MN have developed a new disease that doctors suspect is caused by inhaling microscopic particles of pig brain. The worker’s immune system attacks the particles, but then goes to work on the person’s own nerve cells because they’re so similar. [Washington Post via Kottke]


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  1. glass says:

    were all going to die.

  2. bohemian says:

    They tell deer hunters not to come in contact or inhale spray from brain or nerve tissue when processing deer due to chronic wasting concerns. But it’s ok for people to blast brains out with an air hose? Left hand needs to talk to right hand mkay?

  3. shadow735 says:

    wait I remember this thing you put on your face that filters out chemical and organic particles. I just cant remember what its called?
    .:sarcasm off:

  4. toddiot says:

    Shit, I missed the last 10 minutes of House on Sunday because of the fucking Super Bowl (I recorded it in the 10-11pm timeslot).

    This just reminded me how pissed I am.

  5. cde says:

    First tiny popcorn, now tiny pig brains, whats next, tiny brain mites.?

  6. Honus says:

    Note to self: Keep No Country For Old Men air gun away from pigs.

  7. JohnQPublic says:

    @toddiot: Well, it could be autoimmune. We’ve ruled out Lupus. What about tubular sclerosis? Get a spiral CT and a chem 7 to rule out Tularemia.

    See? Now you’re up to date.

  8. Meg Marco says:

    @JohnQPublic: It’s never Lupus.

  9. chrisfromnl says:

    New episode tonight, “Don’t Ever Change”.

  10. lesbiansayswhat says:

    This, Mad Cow, Creutzfeldt-Jakob..what else does the industry need to finally admit slaughtering animals in dirty enclosed spaces year after year is not at all ok?

  11. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @Meg Marco: But it always could be lupus.

  12. @CumaeanSibyl: I’m sorry, what did you say? Was up late browsing internet porn on my MacAirBook, and iChatting w/Wilson.

  13. SadSam says:

    Ugh, that article made me sick… thank goodness I don’t eat meat.

  14. jaydez says:

    @SadSam: the meat is okay… just dont eat the brains

  15. Feminist Whore says:

    Jeez, where’s Upton Sinclair when you need him? Oh yeah, dead.

  16. SpenceMan01 says:

    That city is about 30 miles from where I live. Creepy? Yes. Creepier: The city is also home to my (work) team’s favorite BBQ joint, and today we were talking about having it again soon. Yum yum.

  17. kimsama says:

    @SadSam: Well, I eat it, but thank god I don’t breathe it.

    Is there some reason they couldn’t protect against this by just cutting the pig’s heads open the old-fashioned way? Seems like a saw wouldn’t create as many aerosolized particles.

    Finally, as someone who’s allergic to everything, this freaks me the hell out. That is all.

  18. ExtraCelestial says:

    House shows total lack of concern for patient in his diagnosis. No one takes him seriously and he is threatened to be fired. Doctors toss around numerous ideas that fail. House comes up with rebellious plan unsupported by fellow staff members, is threatened termination yet again, and manages to bring patient back from brink of death in the last 2 mins. Everyone laughs and House reveals a tiny bit of his humanity.

    I still heart House.

  19. Bay State Darren says:

    The pigs have their revenge!

  20. Bay State Darren says:

    @Bay State Darren: But still remain delicious.

  21. says:

    nasty nasty nasty nasty nasty nasty nasty nasty nasty…

  22. goodkitty says:

    Another reason not to eat pig. The other-OTHER “I can’t believe it’s not human” meat.

  23. glass says:

    im waiting for the new pig brain epidemic to turn us all into zombies.

  24. veronykah says:

    @alphafemale: Glad someone else has actually read that book.
    After reading it, and then reading somewhere else that not too much has changed in the meat industry I reconsidered how “tasty” sausages and hamburger are.
    Well that and I knew a guy who worked for the people who do meat inspection and he said he would NEVER eat those things unless he personally saw them made…

  25. SexCpotatoes says:

    Somebody told me about how they went to visit their wife’s family (wife grew up on a farm). Had the most delicious fried vittles for breakfast, and got told afterwards that it was fried pig brains. They referred to it by another term, but I think I’d like to try pig brains some time, just so I can say I have, and freak/gross out vegetarians.

  26. The Walking Eye says:

    This is clearly a case of sarcoidosis. Start treatment immediately!

  27. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @toddiot: Her toe was broken and bleeding marrow into her system, causing all sorts of problems. He didn’t see it cause she left her socks on during the remote exam. She didn’t feel it cause cold makes your extremities numb. The technician guy reset her toe and she was all better. Wilson is dating cutthroat bitch (but you probably gathered that from yesterday’s episode).

  28. JohnQPublic says:

    @kylevester: But wait! Stop the surgery! It can’t be sarcoidosis. Wilson reminded me that nothing is as it really should be… And after I roll my eyes and twirl my cane, and I’m going to have hte epiphany du jour: This Orthodox lady doesn’t have autoimmune; she doesn’t have deep-vein Vitus Geralitis; she has a brain in her uterus. See what I mean? Now give me a lap dance or get the fuck out.