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alt.spleen FAQ - General Spleen Tips (v5.7, part 3 of 5)

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Q: Has there ever been a case of accidental rupturing of the spleen?

Yes. Artist Matt Egan (me1f@andrew.cmu.edu) once related a story told to 
him by a relative, about somebody who contracted mononucleosis, tripped,
fell against a coffee table, ruptured his spleen, and died. The actual
cause of death was severe depression at the realization that he 
ruptured his spleen.



Q: How can I keep my spleen clean?

Noted spleen researcher David Calvin (calvid@nason105.its.rpi.edu) 
finds that Pledge is the only way to remove waxy Spam buildup. However,
for everyday cleaning, Windex or soap and water, plus a rubdown with
a paper towel or a lint-free cloth, should suffice. Never tumble dry
your spleens, they bruise easily when exposed to heat.

David Calvin notes that Pledge and Spam are important elements to a
happy spleen, and should not be ignored. If you want your spleen to
be happy in the long run, treat it to a meal of Spam (or Vegimite for
vegetarian spleens -- see below for more about vegetarian alternatives), 
followed by a brisk Pledge rubdown, at least once a year. This will 
greatly improve a spleen's attitude and outlook.



Q: What about nutrition?

As mentioned before, spam and haggis are important for spleens, and 
are high in nutrients required by the spleen. The spleen requires
stomach-like and liver-like material, which is found in haggis (made
from the innards of labs) and spam (made from rats and chickens and
insects, all of which taste like stomach to a spleen). Also, striated
meat (like USDA Grade C [spoiled] beef, shreded) is good spleen
food.

Additionally, according to internist Dr. Jozxyqk (jozxyqk@aol.com), 
high-cellulose foods are beneficial: 

"The consumption of copious amounts of LARD each and every day has been 
proven to significantly benefit your spleen.  Honest."



Q: What about vegetarian alternatives?

Norm (lingres7@matai.vuw.ac.nz) suggests chocolate as a viable Spam
alternative. This is especially good for vegetarians, since, although
nobody is sure if there is meat in Spam or not, we have a pretty good
idea that at least two chickens are sacrificed to Azaroth for each
can of Spam produced.

According to nutritionist Erik MacHnicki (machnick@aludra.usc.edu), potatoes
are a great source of nutrition. Erik writes:

"I recently read a book called THE GREAT POTATO BOOK.  It was a fascinating 
book which discussed the various uses and the importance of America's favorite
vegetable.  One of the main topics of the book was the nutritional value of
the potato.  It seems that the potato contains all the nutrients that the 
human body ever needs.  TRULY AMAZING!

Now, it seems to me that if the potato contains all the nutrients necessary 
for the human body, it must be a highly valuable vegetable to the spleen.  We
all know that the spleen requires special care and that nutrition is a major
factor in the happiness of your spleen.  For this reason, I would suggest
including an ample supply of potatoes in your daily diet to supplement the 
spam."



Q: Can I splendify my spleen by adding aluminum siding?

Rob Piltz (rrp@cs.arizona.edu) has this to say:

"While aluminum siding requires little maintenance after it has been
installed, I still prefer the look of natural cedar shake siding.
It may be more work, but I think that overall you will be pleased with
it, you can stain it any color you like.  Plus, your spleen will like it
better.  Natural wood feels more comfortable to your spleen than hard,
cold aluminum.  A comfortable spleen is a happy spleen."

It has been noted that aluminum siding chafes spleens. Dave Calvin notes 
that WD-40 reduces chafing, but reminds us that spleens don't like the
taste of WD-40, which could result in a decrease in performance.



Q: If your spleen accidentally OD's what is the proper dosage of adrenaline 
to administer in the emergency injection?

In general, .20 cc's of adrenaline for every ten grams of spleen. For
example, if your spleen weighs 150 grams, you should administer a 3 cc
injection. The injection should be administered with a four-inch needle.
Remember, you have to come down in one quick motion into the center of the
spleen, so as to penetrate the tough exterior muscular wall.  Note that we
are talking about dry weight, not post-meal weight. (See above section on
spleens changing sizes.)


DISCLAIMER: Previously, an incorrect dosage was described above. Thanks to
Jen (103471.3353@compuserve.com) for pointing it out. The FAQ maintainer
takes no responsibility for overdoses or cases of adrenalyne shock.



Q: What is the estimated time that the spleen can remain unconsious before
permenant damage is inevitable? 

Due to the fact that so many of the higher functions of the body are carried
out by the spleen, the entire nervous system will go into shock if the spleen
is unconscious for more then ten minutes. The spleen itself will remain
relatively unharmed, since it is mostly self-contained. However, without its
host body, it will not get the sustenance required to maintain such a high
amount of mental activity and, as a result, will die in days.

 

Q: Upon recovery, which overpriced movie house confectionry would be best to
feed it?

Spleens generally prefer Twizzlers, due to the elongated shape and twisty
patterns. However, some spleens are chocoholics, and should be given large
packages of Sno-Caps and large drinks. Do not feed your spleen popcorn when
it is in this delicate state, because the kernels get lodged in its teeth
and the frustration can send it into shock.



Q: What happens when you swallow phlegm? Why would a spleen care?

Advanced spleen researcher Christian Wedge (cw4g+@andrew.cmu.edu) has
done a good deal of quality background research on phlegm. Here are the
preliminary results of his recent study:

"That wonderful stuff in the back of my throat doesn't go through my
digestive system, it all goes to my spleen!  After noticing this, I
questioned my spleen about it, it just said 'It's really neat stuff, so
spleeny, I love it!'  I asked a little further and found out that my
spleen likes to bathe in it.  I conducted a survey of 500 random spleens
and found that 99 out of 100 spleens prefer a phlegm rubdown to pledge. 
Phlegm doesn't exactly _remove_ the waxy spam buildup, but rather, it
enhances it to create a lovely protective second skin that acts like a
nice t-shirt.  The use of phlegm also works great to prevent chafing of
the spleen because - well it should be obvious why - phlegm is a mucus,
and one of the things mucus's do is prevent chafing.  Phlegm is special,
though, because it's consistency is so compatible with both the spleen
and spam.

"I'm not sure how my spleen found out how great phlegm is, but I've
always suspected that my spleen is smarter than the average spleen - it's
always been rather clever.  I don't know how, but my spleen created a
tube leading from itself to my esophagus, where there is a special
membrane that draws the phlegm into the tube.  My studies show that not
just my spleen is partial to phlegm, but in fact the vast majority of
spleen like it.  My spleen may have been just lucky or something, I
don't know, but never the less, this vital information has been
discovered and all who care about their spleen can now treat it to
something new and exciting."



Q: Is there such thing as a "second spleen"? Do some people have more than 
one spleen? Can this "second spleen" be donated?

Record-breaking track star, total genius, and spleen expert Tom Whelan
(twhelan3@iadfw.net) has this response:

"Actually, a 'second Spleen' is incorrect.  Some folks have what is called
in the medical domain as an 'accessory' Spleen.  This is usually a
lobulation connected to the primary in some fashion.  It may be fed by a
secondary branch of the splenic artery, arising, usually from the celiac
axis.  Before a person can donate the accessory spleen, it should be noted
that this involves major surgery (not to be taken lightly by the
faint-of-heart-) and should only be an endeavour  involving a person who
is an experienced donor.  If that person decides to donate the accessory
spleen, Have the donor get real sick first...ie get an infection.  This
will usually cause the Spleen to get very large, thus making it easier to
work on, and result in a larger specimen for the collection.  I hope you
find your donor at a reasonable cost.  Consider trading an anatomically
neglected portion of your anatomy with the donor...:)"



Q: Does giving blood have any adverse effects on the spleen?

Contrat lawyer Brian Neal (bneal@sdcc13.ucsd.edu) has some information
on this. It turns out that the spleen has some contractual obligation
with the rest of the body:

"I just exercised my spleen today! Actually, i only gave blood. But I've
heard that the spleen contracts to share some more of its blood with the
body, when one loses blood..."

This is as yet untested in the courts.



Q: Why do squirrels seem so interested in me?

The great Remy (remy@holly.colostate.edu) has this to say:

"it is a little known secret (kinda redundent i suppose) that a squirrels
favorite food is the spleen.. an ancient tribe of warriors, the
spleetzi's, discovered this and practiced the torture i talked about..
they found that if they shoved the rodent into the anus of a person, it
would make its way to the spleen - eating through the wall of the
intestine.  this usually caused much pain to the recipient and simple
delighted the spleetzi's.  so, in conclusion, i would recommend to those
people who are outnumbered by squirrels to not, under any cicrumstances,
let squirrels smell your spleen.."

Sage advice from a very wise man.


Q: How do you get rid of a spleen?

Ah, one of the Great Questions of Our Time. Here's the best solution 
that has been proposed to date:

"...just bring it out to your local forest preserve which is overpopulated
with squirrels.  Then say the following word: 'spleetzi' At this point
drop the spleen (WARNING: do not bend over to set it down, just drop the
damn thing) and then run like hell.  Hopefully your car isn't far away, so
you can jump in (Check the seat first before sitting down) and speed off.
Within ten seconds, the location you were just at will be overrun with
squirrles.  They'll devour the spleen you left, leaving no trace of it. 
One more thing: If anybody asks, you did NOT hear this from me."

If you are going to take this advice, please keep in mind that we absolutely,
postitvely did *not* hear it from Keith McGrath (ktmcgrat@uiuc.edu).


Q: When I die, should I convert my spleen to binary and post it to alt.spleen?

No. The Philosopher from Hell (tpfh@io.com) says:

"Nobel sentiment, but please don't post it to alt.spleen, this is not
a binary newsfroup. You should post it to alt.binaries.spleen."


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