:: Saturday, December 28, 2002
LIVING IN A SCI-FI FREAKY REALITY
so, dusting off the post alcoholic haze from my head, read today's newspaper and got struck by one of those "living in a sci-fi freaky reality" moments.. you get these things more and more now, where somehow.. shit you thought wuz complete and utter freaky fiction turns up as actual turn of events..
today made extra weird, by the fact there wuz 2 of 'em in the one day..
1. there wuz a report about a 7 month old baby, who wuz born with 14 fingers and 14 toes.. even saw photo's.. apparently, an otherwise perfectly healthy baby (except for the fact she's also got no shins..). Wot wuz extra freaky about this (besides the perfectly natural photo's of a smiling kid with ALL THOSE DIGITS) wuz the statistics of it all, the condition the baby has - "polydactlylyl" (more than 10 toes / fingers) and "tibial hypoplasia" (no shin bones) is so rare, as to be 1 in 500 million.
Wot I find funny about all this tho'.. is she's gonna go under operations to fix the problem. Now I can understand that having no shin bones is somewhat of a big problem.. (ie: kinda hinders the walking / running thing), but.. the need to amputate the extra toes / fingers.. I don't quite understand. Apparently the main reason for it, is so she'll avoid ridicule in later life.. but, I find this to be a narrow minded thing, I mean.. wot ISN'T cool about having 14 toes / fingers.. especially if they learn from early age how to work those fingers to some serious dexterity. Imagine the piano player or guitarist.. who has THAT MANY fingers? imagine how fast she could type.. with more fingers.. plus, if she grows with the right attitude.. it'd be much more an advantage than a hinderance..
but.. I guess society has a powerful effect to force people into the norm.. even if it means amputating digits.. just to reach that "norm"
2. "The world's first cloned human baby has been born in Canada, one of the scientists involved in the the procedure said last night" - apparently thru some nutty alien worshippin' cult called the "Raelians" (who believed Earth wuz "seeded" by human clones 25,000 years ago.. and therebye consider themselves aliens looking to return to their outerworldly origins.. or, somethin' like that..). The Raelians formed a cloning facility called "Clonaid" back in 1997.. and since then, have been messing around with it.. having their first success with an identical cloned baby from a 30year old woman. This beats 5 other groups of scientists around the world, who were also racing to secretly produce human clones (which, in a lot of countries has been banned). And all I can say about this is.. "whoaaa..". Coz, despite all attempts to ban human cloning.. the minute someone does it, that door can't be closed.. and it's open season for human cloning, and then.. all manner of other crazy overt genetic manipulation.. it is indeed a freaky world we're living in.
yup.. wot will they think of next ;)
:: Spoz 5:40 PM |