What organs can you live without?

- Kidney: As you're probably aware, humans have two kidneys, but need only one to survive. People may be born with just one kidney, or have one removed after injury or for a donation. In general, people with one kidney have few or no health problems, and have a normal life expectancy, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Technically, people can live with no kidneys, but require dialysis.

- Spleen: The spleen filters blood and helps the body fight infections, but it's not essential for survival. The spleen can be removed if, for instance, it's damaged. However, people without a spleen are more prone to infections.

- Reproductive organs: Women can have their uterus removed in a hysterectomy as a treatment for cancer, uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, or other reasons. About 1 in 3 women in the United States has had the procedure by age 60, according to the National Institutes of Health. Men may have their testicles removed as a treatment for testicular cancer.

- Stomach: The whole stomach is sometimes removed as a treatment for stomach cancer, a procedure called a total gastrectomy. In this procedure, the small intestine is connected to the esophagus. People who've had a total gastrectomy receive nutrition through a vein for a few weeks while they recover. After that, they are able to eat most foods, but may need to eat smaller meals, and take dietary supplements if they have problems absorbing vitamins, according to the National Health Service of England.

- Colon: People may have their colon removed as a way to treat colon cancer or Crohn's disease, or in some cases, to prevent colon cancer. People can live without a colon, but may need to wear a bag outside their body to collect stool. However, a surgical procedure can be performed to create a pouch in the small intestine that takes the place of the colon, and in this case, wearing a bag is not necessary, according to the Mayo Clinic.

- Appendix: The appendix is a small, tube-shaped organ that juts out from the first part of the large intestine. It's unclear what its function is, but it can be removed if it becomes inflamed or ruptures.



1) You can drink Irish coffee for breakfast and no one will judge you.
2) You can have bountiful meat and potatoes all day long.
3) It's a holiday where religion, ethnicity, hell, even appropriateness are thrown out the window: Non-Irish people can freely celebrate.
4) When you're a bartender on St. Patrick's Day, you've won the drunken lottery.
5) This is the one night of the year where grandmas will drink you under the table.
6) The beer is green!!! It's green!
7) Even Disneyland goes Irish and paints the downtown area green!
8) St. Patrick's Day means Shamrock Shakes for all!
9) Parades filled with Irish step dancing! Just try not to smile when you see those feet jig about!
10) If you're a redhead, you'll be crowned a god and score free drinks all day.
11) You can get away with calling anything your pot of gold, and I do mean anything...


A Breathlyzer in Your Pocket

If you want to make sure you don't get behind the wheel impaired, all you need is your phone.

The Breathometer is a new gadget that plugs into the iPhone 4 or 5 or any Android device running version 4 or higher, using the audio jack. All you need to do is start the app, blow into the sensor and your screen will tell you if someone else needs to drive. As an added bonus, the Breathometer can easily be attached to your keys.