Hello, again, kiddies! It’s Mr. Sciencemoron, back again with a new body part!
I don’t mean that I, personally, have a new body part, although I do have a weird pimple on my head. I’m talking about a part we all have that we didn’t know about because it’s been hiding in plain sight if, by “in plain sight,” we mean visible by using the …
“… recently introduced molecular imaging modality of positron emission tomography/computed tomography with radio-labeled ligands to the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA1 PET/CT) can visualize salivary glands with high sensitivity and specificity.”
The new body part is called tubarial glands, and its been sitting right there in your nasopharynx all along. And you never noticed it!
Its discovery is important because it once again shows how utterly incompetent biologists are. How is it possible that they haven’t catalogued all our parts yet? Is it like assembling something from IKEA where, when you’re done with your lopsided table, there’s still a couple of screws laying around? (“Where is this one supposed to go?” “I dunno. In the nasopharynx?”)
I mean, look at this image which I cut and pasted from a scientific article. Our bodies even include a helpful blue arrow pointing right at the tubarial glands. So how did scientists miss it all this time? What does it take for a body part to get noticed anyway? Does it need its own Youtubarial Channel?
Ha ha. Glandular joke there.
And in case you think that a new body part is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, I’ll have you know that this is the third new body part they’ve found in just the last eight years. And you thought you’ve been gaining weight because of the pandemic? Ha! It’s all these new body parts!
Back in 2013, I reported on Dua’s Layer, a new eye part which seemingly does nothing but occasionally tear and let fluid into your cornea. Then in 2017, I told you about the mesentery, which Leonardo da Vinci knew about and even drew (at left) but which had escaped the notice of subsequent scientists for around 600 years until someone said, “Hey, what the hell is this thing?”
And now they’ve found these tubarial glands. Scientists assume their physiological function is the moistening and lubrication of the nasopharynx and oropharynx. So if your oropharynx feels dry, there might be something wrong with your tubarial glands.
Yeah, I know–something else to worry about, right?
And That’s Not All Scientists Have Discovered …
There’s also this thing, which, fortunately, is not a body part (unless the photo is an enlargement of someone’s grandmother’s mole).
It’s called a puss caterpillar and it’s one of the most venomous caterpillars in North America. It was spotted in Virginia, which was unusual because it’s more often found in places like Missouri and Texas, where it shares the venomous spotlight with, respectively, John Hawley and Ted Cruz.
If you see a puss caterpillar, do not pet it even though it looks so soft and cuddly. That fur hides toxic spines that can break off in your skin and cause a burning sensation, localized swelling, blotching, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fever or swollen glands.
I do not know if the swollen glands are tubarial.
See you soon.