The Appendix

OK So I’m Not Really A Cowboy[*1] meditates upon the (supposed) uselessness of the appendix:

Thegut is a highly specialized and complex organ system. It has its ownseparate nervous system, an amazing range of hormonal functionality,forms an important part of the immune system, and, of course, digestsour food. The appendix has lost the latter function, but retained therest. Which doesn’t necessarily make it an important part of the body,just means that it’s only truly vestigial in one respect.