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Dermatographia is a rare condition where the skin is overly sensitive to minor injuries; even light scratches will cause it to become red and raised. The person’s immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin’s surface is lightly scratched. In 2008, Neatorama featured artist Ariana Page Russell, who decided to use her medical condition as the basis for art, with some amazing results.

Demand for fake testicles for neutered pets, including dogs and cats, is also holding up during the recession. Southern California is the biggest market for Kansas City, Missouri-based Neuticles, said Gregg Miller, the company’s founder. Its most expensive prosthetic testicles, for large dogs, cost $1,299. ‘You would assume that with people losing their homes and jobs, the last thing on their mind is buying a pair of fake testicles for their pets,’ Miller said. ‘Folks in California love their pets and are trendsetters. They’d do anything for them, no matter what the economy is doing.’