The human body can suffer such strange and tragic fates. These five people became famous for their unusual medical conditions. Even five TV doctors couldn't help them.



Clive Wearing

publication date: Friday, April 8, 2011

category: Medicine

clue: Mr. Memento

explanation: Wearing was the most famous sufferer of anteriograde amnesia, a disease that left him unable to form new memories after its onset, inspiring the movie Memento. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Jon Berry

trivia: Several players guessed Henry Molaison.


Baby Fae

publication date: Thursday, April 7, 2011

category: Medicine

clue: I ♥ baboons

explanation: Fae, real name Stephanie Beauclair, was born with a congenital heart defect and became the first infant human to receive a heart transplant from an animal, in this case a baboon. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Ryan Dunn, Elaine Beckland, and Jon Berry


Serene Branson

publication date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

category: Medicine

clue: Lady Antebellum left her speechless

explanation: During live coverage of Lady Antebellum's sweep at the 2011 Grammys, reporter Branson suffered a migraine on camera that rendered her unable to speak clearly. The widely-circulated video of her frightened gibberish became a controversial fad. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Ryan Dunn, Elaine Beckland, and Jon Berry


Dede Koswara

publication date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

category: Medicine

clue: don't go out on a limb

explanation: Koswara was the famous "tree man" who grew hard, wood-like warts covering his limbs. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Steve Dunn, Elaine Beckland, and Jon Berry


David Vetter

publication date: Monday, April 4, 2011

category: Medicine

clue: born in a bubble

explanation: Vetter was the famous "bubble boy" who lived in a sterilized environment due to a severe immunodeficiency. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Ryan Dunn, Elaine Beckland, and Jon Berry


Other Themes in Spring 2011

I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV

Grab your remote, stat, because you'll need to know your fictional doctors to recognize these five stars of the television screen. Break a leg! Go »

Feeling Minnesota

The Gopher State is best known for its sprawling forests and quiet streams, but these five Minnesotans from different walks of life illustrate how dynamic the state really is. Go »

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Our jurassic predecessors have fueled our imaginations since their bones were first discovered. They'll roam the earth again this week, in the form of five goos inspired by dinosaurs. Go »

The Other Guys

Even in the age of blogs and reality shows, we still can't all be famous. These five people have done their best, but they'll never outshine their better-known namesakes. Go »

Down at the Disco

How do you roll? Get down and boogie with these groovy stars of the disco era, who became synonymous with the culture that captivated the 1970s and danced away with eternal fame. Go »

Kai's Power Goos

The classic software that creates all these goos was released in 1996 with a gallery of famous faces to practice with. These photos come directly from Kai's Power Goo, a time capsule of fame in the mid-nineties. Go »

Do Overs

These five celebrities were common incorrect guesses for recent goos. Here's your second chance to get each one right. Go »

Famous Thetans

For half a century, the Church of Scientology has struggled to be taken seriously as a bona fide religion. These five celebrity adherents all share this uncommon faith. Go »

Celebrity Limerick

This poetic form has given rhyme and rhythm to dirty jokes for generations. Can you decode each line of this celebrity limerick to recognize the famous figures it describes? Go »

Spring 2011 Tournament

Many have played, but only one will win. All players from the season will compete in an elimination tournament to decide which of them is the top competitor, deserving of a prize. Good luck! Go »

Spring 2011 Bonus Goos

While you wait for the Summer 2011 season to begin, enjoy these extra goos that didn't fit easily into a theme in the regular season. The competition is over, so these goos are just for fun. Go »