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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    ok, it's not quite like that but he sure looks like a tree.
    I think they're some kinda skin disease.
    Those are his fucking hands.
    Article here
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    They're warts!?!

    At first I didn't even know what I was looking at. I swear I'll eat more fruit and veg...
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      CommentAuthorBrand
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    That's pretty ghastly. I'm pretty freaked out. I keep thinking if this was "olden" times he would end up being the monster of a story like Grendel or some such. Some freakish stuff happens out there.
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    Holy shit.

    I can honestly say that creeped me the fuck out past any weird link I can recall seeing in recent memory and I have no idea why.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007 edited
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    I can honestly say that creeped me the fuck out past any weird link I can recall seeing in recent memory and I have no idea why.


    Aren't we all desensitized to this sort of shit? it is the internet after all.
    Regardless,
    My work here is done. I can sleep well tonight with that knowledge, maybe you can't but that's neither here nor there.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
     (154.6)
    *That* was caused by HPV????


    *shudder*


    i have no words......
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
     (154.7)
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

    Those are his hands--THOSE ARE HIS FUCKING HANDS--AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

    ...

    Okay, I'm better now. Holy crap, that's freaky.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007 edited
     (154.8)
    I've seen this before - it's fake.

    Edit: Wait. Holy shit. Just checked four other news sites. Never mind.

    Excuse me while I go choke down a pomegranate.
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      CommentAuthorwingnut2600
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007 edited
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    These growths are somewhat beautiful... as if his body is being transformed into something archaic and beast-like.

    By the way Artemis_of_OZ, I was wondering if this was a hoax after your bell-ringing, and I found a link on Fox News, so it must be legit.

    Actually, all kidding aside, there is another story on MSNBC with different pictures and no links to the Telegraph story linked above...

    Edit... while I was searching news sites, this A_o_O person did as well... but here is a video.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    Isn't HPV the same virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer?


    ewewewewewewewewew!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    It might not be the same strain that causes those, but it is indeed a papillomavirus.

    Wow, I feel like an idiot now after that, but I swear, I had seen a similar thing on the internet that was later proven to be a hoax - that one was supposed to be about a person living in Scotland, and it turned out the pictures were faked, so I assumed this was the same deal.
    • CommentAuthorBill Reed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    Man, that poor guy.

    Is it weird if this creeps me out more than anything else on the internet? Including 2 Girls 1 Cup and the BME Pain Olympics?
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
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    "Is it weird if this creeps me out more than anything else on the internet? Including 2 Girls 1 Cup and the BME Pain Olympics?"

    Not really. 2Girls1Cup was staged and involved gross shit that one would have to physically and mentally do. Tree Man, on the other hand, has a condition that, while extremely rare, can happen to someone that they have no conscious way of stopping.
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      CommentAuthornietoperz
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007
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    That poor man.
    • CommentAuthorDragone
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007
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    I'm confused. Those growths on him that look like tree bark. Is that just warts that me and you get that are growing unchecked because of his genetic condition? Or what the hell are they? Just wondering. Read up on it, and they weren't clear? Just wondering. Either way, really interesting.
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    Wow! The thing that really brought it home somehow, was the photo in the news article of him sitting grinning with his daughter, and it just hit me 'that's a real guy with a real life'. Glad he's enough of a curiosity to medical science to get treated for free!
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      CommentAuthorunderdog
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007
     (154.17)
    Weird indeed, poor guy

    Maybe that's what Black Tom had?
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007
     (154.18)
    Good 'ole Cassidy. But didn't he get his human form back?

    Seriously, that guy's skin is messed up. Makes me thankful I bazuka'd that... wart.
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      CommentAuthorBrand
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007 edited
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    @ Handsomedave
    From what I read, he has some form of HPV (which can cause warts in a normal person). But because he has some rare genetic defect related to how the virus works in his system, it's basically going unchecked. So left totally unchecked the warts are growing wild.
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      CommentAuthorC.c.
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2007
     (154.20)
    Real-life dryad. This board has really outdone itself rooting out the odd, scary, bizarre, and wonderful out there.

    Whitechapel: Stranger than Fiction