pea lungPass the peas.Nowadays growing food is totally hip, delicious, and sure to appease the most Frugal Freddy. (Just take a look at Grist’s special series on urban agriculture.) As a result, there are all kinds of new and exciting ways and places to sprout your future spread: in your front yard, on fences, up staircases, on rooftops, or in windows.

You can now even join a Community Supported Agriculture-style (CSA) program for gardeners and get a variety of edible, seasonal plant starts delivered to your ‘hood.

But the weirdest place we’ve ever heard of growing food is in your lungs.

Yeah, we wouldn’t recommend it, but it is possible: A man in Massachusetts was found with a pea seed that had sprouted and actually started growing in one of his lungs.

Ron Sveden thought the growth in his lung was cancer, but it turned out to be a healthier kind of growth. He told NBC, “Whether this would have gone full-term and I’d be working for the jolly green giant, I don’t know. I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn’t the cancer.”

NBC went on to report, “Doctors suspect he had eaten a pea at some point in the last couple of months and it went down the wrong way, and then began to grow.”

So those stories your big brother told you about a watermelon seed growing inside of you when you were a kid? Not science fiction anymore.


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