Monday, August 17, 2015

Ear 'Ye, Ear Ye!

To celebrate my ten years of blogging, I'll be reverting to my old format for the month of August. This month, I'll be sharing the weird, the strange, and the funny...TRUE science stories. Why? Because oftentimes, science can be stranger than fiction.


An Australian artist, who goes by the name Sterlarc, has had an actual EAR surgically implanted to his left arm. The process has taken twenty years, and he's hoping to take the next big step with being able to make it an actual functioning ear in the near future.

The ear itself is made up of a combination of the same synthetic material used in plastic surgery and his own cells. It has completely fused and is a real part of his body now. Sterlac calls this endeavor his "Ear on Arm" project.

Yeah, I know...not very original. I mean, duh, it's an ear on a freaking arm.


Sterlarc is not a stranger to such...um...strange ways to artistically express himself. He's been big on cybernetics and dangling his naked body from hooks and wire. Please don't Google some of his projects. Definitely not safe for work.

Anyhoo, the next big step includes using his own stem cells to give his ear a real ear lobe and inserting some kind of microphone and transmitter that will connect his ear to the internet. Why? So people log on and listen to whatever Sterlac's third ear is hearing.

Sterlac also wants to enable his ear with GPS so folks can track where his ear is.

This project does sound a bit odd, yet fascinating. But I think there's an easier solution that Sterlac should have thought of. Instead of undergoing the tedious and expensive process of surgically growing an ear on his arm, he could have gotten one of these:





Since we're talking about Sterlarc behind his back, I wonder if his ears are burning...


39 comments:

DEZMOND said...

growing another ear on your arm or even leg ain't that unusual.... sometimes they save people's severed limbs by attaching them to their arms or legs until they recover and are ready for being sewn back.... not to mention the experiments with growing parts of human bodies on piggies and mice....

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

The world is full of truly interesting people. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The world is full of weirdos....

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, I'll take your word on the pics of him, blah haha why would anyone want this? A fool and his money soon parted?

Blogoratti said...

Interesting indeed. Greetings!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What??????? That guys sounds totally nuts. That is so strange.

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Pat Dilloway said...

I've heard of growing parts in weird places before but it's not to keep them there forever.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I don't understand this guy's particular kind of crazy, but I do appreciate his total commitment to it.

Chrys Fey said...

The ear in the arm is just creepy. I know surgeons do things like that to preserve parts or to help them heal, grow.

Patricia Lynne said...

Well... whatever floats his boat. LOL

Jay Noel said...

Ugh. Speaking of floating, if you're feeling adventurous, you can check out how one of his exhibits included him getting hooks puncturing his skin and hanging his nekkid body from the ceiling. YUCK!

cleemckenzie said...

Okay. So he's going to somehow make it possible for people to track this ear in the arm? And then. . . we can find his arm? Which will be totally what... a trail to his body? Will he speak words of wisdom if we find him? :-)

Jay Noel said...

Lee: Not only words of wisdom, but sounds while he's in the bathroom. Gross!

Lexa Cain said...

This sounds like the start to a Science-goes-too-far horror story, where things go horribly wrong and next thing we have is a giant ear creature taking over Manhattan. (Although I'd probably watch if that were a movie. lol)

Melissa said...

That is just strange. People have too much time on their hands these days.

Cherie Reich said...

A third ear doesn't sound nearly as useful as say a third arm or eyes in the back of your head. ;)

Jay Noel said...

As a parent, I already have eyes in the back of my head!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm sure his arms are burning. While I applaud his scientific curiosity I can't imagine what possible use there is to having an ear grafted to your arm. Frankly, I don't want to know what his arm is doing. But that's point of art. It's meant to evoke a reaction. I love the new (old) blog format Man.

Christine Rains said...

So weird. I can just imagine this fad catching on and people having all sorts of things attached to themselves!

Crystal Collier said...

People are weird. Seriously. But hey, it takes all kinds, right?

M Pax said...

That is one odd project. He should tattoo Van Gogh around it.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations on your ten years! I've heard of ears being grown on arms for medical transplant reasons, but never for art :-/ I imagine long sleeves would be a problem.

Nick Wilford said...

I guess it's better than attaching one to the back of a mouse. They didn't get much say in the matter!

Hart Johnson said...

Well if it was a FUNCTIONING ear I might see the point. Imagine how useful that might be in eaves dropping. But otherwise this is indeed a strange thing...

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats on your ten year bloggerversary!

Hmm. I'm trying to see the reasoning behind the ear, but am failing miserably. :-D

Mr. Shife said...

Congrats on 10 years. Awesome. As far as Sterlac goes, not so awesome. When you thought you had heard - pun intended - everything then there's this guy.

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