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Xiao Wei, of China's Hunan province, recently had his right hand grafted to his ankle for more than a month following an an accident that severed it.

He lost his hand during an accident on the job, but his co-workers were able to retrieve the hand, which doctors said they would be able to reattach.

Just not immediately. In order to keep the hand from dying before they could sew it back where it belongs, doctors grafted it to the man's ankle:

Why was such a bizarre, but effective maneuver yesterday?

"Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened. We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery," a doctor said.

Amazingly, doctors came through on their word, and were able to successfully reattach the hand, and he is expected to regain full use of the appendage.

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Remember how your mom used to say "never stick anything in your ear that's smaller than your elbow" and you would try, and fail, to get your elbow up to your ear? Probably fail? Because unless you're a freak of nature how do you get your elbow to your ear?

(I totally just tried it just now. You're welcome.)

There's good reason for your mother's warnings. 

Doctors in China recently performed surgery on a toddler, Ranran, after it was discovered that a dandelion was growing in her ear. 

Ranran's parents took the young girl to the doctor when they noticed she was complaining of her ear itching. The same ear into which they say a dandelion seed fell four months prior.

Four months. A dandelion was growing in her ear for FOUR MONTHS.

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It's like something out of the Faulkner short story "A Rose For Emily." Or the movie Psycho. Except it's real life. 

A Belgian woman slept next to her dead husband's decomposing corpse for A YEAR before authorities found his mummified body on November 19th.

A year. 365+ days. Next to a dead body. So much shuddering right now.

Rachel Berry Freaking Out

Neighbors never reported a smell coming from the woman's apartment.

Within a week of the death of 79-year-old "Marcel H." his internal organs had melted and liquefied and his body began to rot and then mummify because of the conditions inside the apartment. 

Authorities found the body because the woman failed to pay rent for the entire year. Probably because she was in shock from sleeping next to her dead husband every night. 

Oh yes, there are pictures, but they are GRAPHIC. (You've been warned.) 

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It might sound like something from a Hitchcock film, but people, this is real life. Move over fire ants, there's a new sheriff in town! 

Crazy ants, more specifically known as the Tawny crazy ants, a species native to Brazil and Argentina, are making their way across the southeastern United States. And they're taking out fire ant colonies and disrupting ecosystems in their process and they don't care who knows it.

They're like honey badgers. Except ants. They don't give a...

Crazy ants are an invasive species with the potential to altar the ecological balance of the United States. Where fire ants once flourished, they're being wiped out by this omnivorous South American ant. 

Less fire ants seems like a good thing, yes? Well, it's not.

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A cute baby, brand new and squishy, ready for cuddles and having its head sniffed rests in a bassinet making tiny baby grunts and coos. The bag containing the newborn's placenta is nearby!

Wait, what?

Yes, this is a real thing which people do. Lotus birthing, as it's called, is the practice of leaving a baby's umbilical cord and placenta attached until it falls off on its own, sometimes taking up to 10 days after birth.

Lotus birthing is a trend which is gaining ground among those seeking all-natural birth experiences. The practice, also called umbilical cord non-severance, was popular with early western European settlers in America.

The 1980s saw a resurgence of this trend, particularly among mothers who delivered their babies at home, and gave the trend the name "Lotus birth" to honor the link between the "preciousness of the placenta and the high esteem in which the Lotus is held in Hindu and Buddhist faiths."

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The common question around these parts is "who's your daddy?" This time, however, it's "where's your daddy?"

Jerry Moon's family received the shock of their lives when they opened their late father's casket to say goodbye and found that his body wasn't in it. 

Moon, 72, who had been living in a hospice care facility, passed away around the same time as a 97-year-old man from the same facility.

The bodies were taken to the same funeral home where the 97 year old man was dressed in Moon's clothing and placed into Moon's casket while Moon was cremated, a final wish he didn't make.

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