Woman has developed an imaginary, but useful, third arm

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37 Responses to “Woman has developed an imaginary, but useful, third arm”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can think of one good use of an imaginary third arm. ;)

  2. Crawford Tillinghast says:

    I’m pretty sure the arm only exists in the fourth dimension.

  3. Chrs says:

    That’s basically the perfect solution to itching in a phantom limb: Another imaginary limb!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Knock at her door wearing a milky white suit.

  5. zero cc says:

    Long live the new flesh!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think the fact that she can satisfy real itches with it is even more freaky than it being imaginary.

  7. zoetrope says:

    that lady is going to grow a third arm where her third eye should be

  8. dr80085 says:

    So cool!

    The original research paper is from a group of Swiss neurologists – about as trustworthy a source as you can get.

    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122269076/PDFSTART

    @Takuan
    From what I understand, she only had the extra arm while her real left arm was out-of-action from the stroke.

  9. L33tminion says:

    That’s bizarre. Is this the first non-amputation case of someone developing a phantom limb?

  10. Tiki Wahine says:

    Someone needs to hook her up with a prosthetic third limb connected to her neural circuitry. She might get some good use out of it!

  11. Brainspore says:

    You should see the size of my extra imaginary penis.

  12. t3hmadhatter says:

    #9 beat me to the punch.

  13. Anonymous says:

    For Ceronomus: YOu may enjoy reading “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat…and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (I think). Dr. Sacks has a whole collection of interesting accounts of patients with some really abnormal psychology.

  14. Phikus says:

    It must be large if it’s extra-imaginary. ;D

  15. Sparrow says:

    #17 I’ve heard of people who are FtM developing phantom phalluses.

  16. hydrophiliak says:

    Reminds me of Miss Level.

  17. domeier says:

    When I turned 14 and realized I was far too ugly for any girl to ever want me, I grew an imaginary vagina on my right hand. Works almost as good as the real thing, and I never have to buy diamonds for it.

  18. Takuan says:

    @29; poop! have to pay to read. Oh well. Anyways, it would have been VERY interesting if she had simultaneous mental control over three limbs.

  19. anthropomorphictoast says:

    What would really be cool? If the extra limb could actually pick up objects.

  20. Takuan says:

    why not make these to give people with two arms a third?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hzRja9eunY

  21. quintiliusvarus says:

    Yes… the first diclonius in captivity… i advise the healthcare professionals to be cautious

  22. Anonymous says:

    Read The man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The brain is a strange place.

  23. angusm says:

    Paging Gil “the Arm” Hamilton …

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Hamilton

  24. Ceronomus says:

    Fascinating! This is one of the coolest things I’ve read about in a while.

  25. Lucifer says:

    Donnie Darko syndrome. the end is nigh. repent.

  26. El Fajio says:

    Will not invite to poker night.

  27. Anonymous says:

    It’s aprils fool joke. Look at the date of the post! LOL
    April 1st

  28. Anonymous says:

    I’ve heard of avid furries developing phantom tails before… first time I’ve heard of third arms though.

  29. Daemon says:

    #1 – damnit! you beat me to it.

  30. Anonymous says:

    What #23 said. Also, aloha #23.

  31. jtegnell says:

    I have a third leg.

  32. skatanic says:

    This is so amazing! Will the brain ever stop being so fucking fascinating?!

  33. Gilbert Wham says:

    Oh my god, HOW fantastic would an invisible arm for scratching your balls in public be?

  34. Anonymous says:

    pics or it didn’t happen

  35. Phikus says:

    I find my vestigial tentacles quite useful.

  36. Takuan says:

    can she use all three arms simultaneously?

  37. neurolux says:

    I’d like to see her pick up stuff and throw things with it. Then I’d be impressed.

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