TV news about man with Fir tree growing in his lung


34 Responses to “TV news about man with Fir tree growing in his lung”

  1. Anonymous says:

    whatch what you eat there could be a seed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    im scared to eat anything with seeds now

  3. Summer says:

    In the real Russia, tree inhales you.

  4. Quothz says:

    Looks like a fir seedling to me. I’ve no opinion on whether it grew partially while in the lungs, but it’s consistent with photos of fir seedlings. A fully-developed fir branch has much longer needles.

    #14, the pine seedling photo you linked is not a fir. It looks like a white pine to me, although it’s hard to tell. 5 and 8, the blogster you linked claims fir seedlings don’t have full inflorescence but doesn’t appear to know what the word means (needles are leaves, not flowers). Besides that, fir seedlings do not have particularly sparse needles.

  5. The Unusual Suspect says:

    I bet he had fresh pine-scented breath.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wait, I’ve been growing a pine tree for the last five years and mine doesn’t look that good!

  7. Anonymous says:

    And this is why your mom told you not to eat watermelon seeds.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Logger’s lung, aka Paul Bunyan’s disease.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How can we sleep at night without knowing where this predator lurks?

  10. Anonymous says:

    How do they know it actually grew there, and that he didn’t just inhale a twig like that?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nope. He aspirated it, most likely, rather than having had it grow inside of him.

    -Darren MacLennan

  12. erindipity says:


  13. angrypaladin says:

    Wow! That must have been one of those new, carnivorous, non-UV photosynthesis, coniferous trees. They’re all the rage with the kids this season!

    /Skeptical cat iz very skeptical

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’s funny, because I developed a bad infection and lung cysts after having a christmas tree in my house for a month.

    The doctors concluded it was histoplasmosis caused by a bird’s nest in the tree that I must have missed. Okee……I decorated the christmas tree, don’t you think I would have known if there was a bird’s nest in it?

    I wonder if I had some baby trees growing in there. Hahaha. Actually it wasn’t so funny at the time, I was coughing up blood at the time.

    Doc says my lungs encapsulated the invading infection, leaving me with cysts, which I still have today.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Did nobody catch the TERRIBLE puns? “Doctors were stumped,” “the root of this mystery,” etc.

    Where have you gone Yakov Smirnoff?

  16. dainel says:

    That lump of tissue appears to be resting on some gauze, out of the body. Did they removed half his lung together with the embedded fir?

  17. J France says:

    Been wandering when this would pop up here… seemed inevitable and very boingboingish when I saw it on my local news.

    It just made me think of the X-Files, and the black oil episodes (Tunguska?). Not natural, and clearly the result of some sort of human / plant hybrid experiments accidently released from the lab.

    Now i’m off to get a tinfoil hat and a facemask.

  18. Kieran O'Neill says:

    I dunno – seeds contain a lot of stored energy and nutrients, so I would guess that in theory the thing could grow (at least a little) without any external sources of energy. What I’m more surprised about is the germination, since that usually takes quite specific conditions to kick it off.

    Anyway, IANAB (I am not a botanist).

  19. karengeier says:

    this has been thoroughly debunked.

    short answer: what angrypaladin said

  20. kate says:

    Urgh. The worst part about the piece of tissue has to be the fly buzzing around and randomly landing on it. Reminds me of that NIN Closer video.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome our seedling overlords.
    Baby Bodysnatchers.

  22. IamInnocent says:

    “Igor, if you don’t get your butt of that couch you’re going to grow root!”

  23. blueelm says:

    karengeier @ 4

    Look at that, a simple answer. He inhaled it. Occam’s razor FTW.

  24. pjk says:

    Bullshit. First of all, all that talk about a “Russian doctor.” I mean, come on, they expect us to believe there are doctors in Russia???

  25. FreakCitySF says:

    Never saw a root, could be a BBQ cow rib with a single needle cluster stuck in and Boris to play the “Dr.”

  26. WalterBillington says:

    Check out Boris Vian – L’écume des jours (Froth of the days). Written in the 50s or so, the protaganist’s girlfriend has a lily growing in her lungs. He was french, lived in the US for a while, wrote those semi-sardonic / semi admiring type books about what he saw; all in the most surreal and abstract humour.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Is there a small nate or fly buzzing around on the tissue? Is it the newest treatment for Pine Beetles?

  28. dole says:

    “It will take FIR-ther investigations to get to the ROOT of this mystery.”

    *cues loser’s theme from The Price Is Right*
    (not a spammer, just thought the link was funny.)

  29. Anonymous says:

    Are you guys serious? Do you really not see that it’s a mouse pointer and not a fly?

  30. Anonymous says:

    @ #12, 17

    I don’t think that’s a fly- it’s the cursor on his computer. Not all pointers are arrows.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Sheriff, what kind of fantastic trees have you got growing around here? Big, majestic…
    Douglas firs.

  32. justanotherusername says:

    How can somebody inhale such a thing and not remember it?
    Oh wait… it’s Russia. :D

  33. fullerenedream says:

    Yeah, that’s the tip of a branch, not a seedling. As noted, it’s got no roots. It’s also got lots of stiff-looking needles and a thick stem, while a seedling’s needles are sparser and softer, with a thin stem.

    Pine seedling:

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