1.) The reason our sense of smell isn’t as great as say, a dog or a sheep, is because our olfactory bulbs in the brain are much, much smaller.
2.) The Tapetum Lucidium is the glowy, inner sheath found behind the eyeball that reflects when light shines on it. It only occurs in animals though, so don’t go shining light in your eyes now. You can see this when you shine a headlight on a deer!
3.) Those born with vaginas have bigger adipose deposits in the breast area, hips, thighs, etc. This is because the body is preparing itself for the event of birth, and adds extra “cushioning” for the baby when the person gets pregnant
4.) The brain is contralateral. This means that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body.
5.) The appendix, located at the base of the large intestine, is a vestigial organ. Pretty much, the appendix was once something important in the human body, but we evolved to the point we don’t need it anymore. However, if it bursts, it’s contents are released into the body and can result in inevitable death if not treated (this is appendicitis)
6.) The left side of the heart is actually thicker than the right side. This is because the left side pumps blood to the entirety of the body except the respiratory system.
fat cells either shrink or grow, but they don’t “die”. there’s no actual way to get rid of adipose tissue w/out surgery
muscle is more dense than fat, but a pound of muscle takes up far less space than a pound of fat
exercising yields muscles
calorie restriction shrinks fat cells, but this can be influenced by exercise b/c both muscle and exercise increase one’s metabolism
side note abt some misinfo: Starvation isn’t just eating 0 cals. Starvation can be eating less than what you should be eating (below the bmr). So when talking abt the body using muscles, such as the heart, for energy, eating 200 cals isn’t just gonna solve the issue. Eating that little or anything below your bmr will eventually eat at you muscles (inc vital organs) even if you’re still consuming calories.
When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed “The World’s Ugliest Woman” in an 8-second-long YouTube video. Born with a medical condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it, Velasquez has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She has zero percent body fat and weighs just 60 pounds.In the comments on YouTube, viewers called her “it” and “monster” and encouraged her to kill herself. Instead, Velasquez set four goals: To become a motivational speaker, to publish a book, to graduate college, and to build a family and a career for herself. Now 23 years old, she’s been a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than 200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies, and overcoming obstacles. She’s a senior majoring in Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, where she lives with her best friend. Her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” came out in 2010 and her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You,” was published in 2012. source
It appears that the Beast has become quiet hefty in recent times. While being put under this curse has been a treacherous trial, he had to admit that it had some benefits. One of which included an increased appetite! At first, he was taken aback by the added adipose he was putting on, but as time went on he found that he rather enjoyed the extra weight. His servants would occasionally give him flack for letting himself go, but to him he looked rather cuddly and approachable, something that made being a monster a little more bearable. Besides, he was a prince and as far as he was concerned he could do whatever he wanted.
So the Beast sat quietly in his chambers, playing with his round ball of lard, purring all the while. Maybe being a beast isn’t so bad…
Obviously, one of the major themes of S4 is the coming metacrisis. It’s foreshadowed most strongly perhaps in Planet of the Ood, when the Ood refer call the Doctor and Donna, “The DoctorDonna,” but it comes up in other ways, too, especially with the constant camera shots of the hand bubbling away.
But as I work on my S4 rewrite, I’m realising that birth in general, and especially unusual births, are a major theme in the series.
Partners in Crime–seeding the planet to grow Adipose from fat
Fires of Pompeii–seers becoming Pyrovillian as they breath in the rock dust
Planet of the Ood–Mr. Halpen becoming an Ood after drinking the Ood graft.
The Sontaran two-parter–the Sontarans tried to turn Earth into a clone planet so they could create more warriors. Oh, and the Martha clone.
The Doctor’s Daughter–Jenny is created by progeneration when the humans forcibly take a sample of the Doctor’s tissue.
The Unicorn and the Wasp–The reverend is a hybrid child, which is unusual in itself. The way the genetic lock broke and he realised his full identity is also unusual, as is his connection with his mother’s necklace.
The library two-parther–The Vashta Nerada hatched from eggs that were laid in the trees that became the books that were sent to the Library.
Midnight–The whole concept of the entity is shrouded in mystery. How can it exist when the planet is irradiated with lethal radiation? And why did it select Sky? It has no origin story.
Turn Left–a new life is created for Donna when she is convinced to turn right.
Stolen Earth/Journey’s End–finally, the metacrisis.
I hadn’t realised how much of a theme RTD had made this. And it’s so obvious and recurring once you know to look for it that there is no way this was accidental.
I don’t have any great insights based on this, largely because I think the point of it was pretty obvious–to draw one more series-long arrow pointing to the eventual creation of Tentoo. Really, by the time we watch him form out of that hand, we’ve seen so many bizarre births that this seems almost normal. I mean… at least it’s not little blobs of fat crawling out of your shirt, right?
what do you think about how they made RO Vader a little squishy in the concept art? it's not a lot, but he's got a little tummy going on there. is it a realism thing or a 'look at this washed-up declining Sith apprentice' thing or what
huh. You know, I didn’t really scrutinize that; I think that may just be what heavily-muscled people look like, realistically. People with lots of core muscles have thicker waists, and it’s not weird to have a layer of fat over that because that’s just how adipose tissue works. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be read as evidence of poor physical state.
Vader does seem to have a heavier build than he did before he got ~~R E C O N S T R U C T E D~~, but I think part of that is that he’s hauling around like a hundred pounds of armor 24/7, and wearing heavy metal prosthetics. He’d have to have put on muscle to handle the weight of his equipment. I also sort of think his torso would look a little weird, from the various augments jammed in there.
Because I’m terrible and @jerseydevious is likewise terrible and encourages me, I have thought before that Cylo and the rest of the cryborg team probably had trouble keeping Vader’s weight up where it should be, at least at first. Extensive burns cause an elevated metabolic rate, and canonically Vader doesn’t get to eat real people-food; his body would be just blazing through calories (even without doing constant strenuous physical activity), while meanwhile he’s getting fed via IV. Muscle wasting seems like it would be an issue here.