5 cm. fir tree removed from patient’s lung
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April 13, 2009: A 5cm fir tree has been found growing in the lung of a man who was coughing blood. It was surgically removed in a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia.

See Also


1. Original article @ Archive.org

Game and Story Use

  • Imagine a species of plants in a science fiction or fantasy setting whose seeds commonly lodge themselves into the lungs of animals and grow to large sizes - thus creating a rather gruesome and possibly fatal disease.
  • Could be the fate of those who offend Mother Nature, The Green Man, or any other God or Goddess of the plants.
  • Perhaps there's a single nasty tree (not a whole species) that does this. A tree planted at a site of great evil.
    • Could be a fun follow-up to that adventure where the PCs defeated the Big Bad Evil Guy in a forest. He's not dead - he's just a vegetable! :)
    • Of course, what starts as one tree may grow into many, depending on what the hospital does with the removed sprouts and saplings.
  • Gaia strikes back! Could be the first indication of an impending global catastrophe where the entire plant kingdom moves against man.
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