|Doc's diagnosis: Nail gun caused headache
12 nails found in the man's skull, he suffered no lasting effects
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- An Oregon man who went to a hospital complaining of a headache was found to have 12 nails embedded in his skull from a suicide attempt with a nail gun, doctors say.
Surgeons removed the nails with needle-nosed pliers and a drill, and the man survived with no serious lasting effects, according to a report on the medical oddity in the current issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery.
The unidentified 33-year-old man was suicidal and high on methamphetamine last year when he fired the nails -- up to 2 inches in length -- into his head one by one.
The nails were not visible when doctors first examined the man in the emergency room of an unidentified Oregon hospital a day later. Doctors were surprised when X-rays revealed six nails clustered between his right eye and ear, two below his right ear and four on the left side of his head.
The study did not say how long the nails were, and a hospital spokeswoman refused to release that information. A photo published in the study suggests the nails range from 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.
No one before is known to have survived after intentionally firing so many foreign objects into the head, according to the report, written by Dr. G. Alexander West, the neurosurgeon who oversaw the treatment of the patient.
The man at first told doctors he had had a nail gun accident, but later admitted it was a suicide attempt.
The nails came close to major blood vessels and the brain stem but did not pierce them. The patient was in remarkably good condition when he was transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where the nails were removed.
The patient was later transferred to psychiatric care and stayed under court order for nearly a month before leaving against doctors' orders.
|Bizarre end to Dispute Over a Cellphone
Blue Springs, Mo: (AP) A lovers' dispute over a cellphone ended suddenly when the woman tried to swallow the phone, the poice said.
The police said they received a call at 4:52 a.m. from a Blue Springs man who said his girlfriend was having trouble breathing. When they arrived at the house they found the 24-year-old woman had a cellphone, model unknown, lodged in her throat.
"He wanted the phone and she wouldn't give it to him, so she attemped to swallow it," Said detective Sgt. Steve Decker of the Blue Springs Police Department. "She just put the entire phone in her mouth so he couldn't get it."
The police said an ambulance took her to St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs. A hospital spokeswoman said she could not give details about the woman's health because her identity had not been released.
Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth.
Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.
Cockroach Slain, Husband Badly Hurt
TEL AVIV -- (Reuters) An Israeli woman's fight with a stubborn cockroach put her husband in the hospital with burns, a broken pelvis and broken ribs, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported yesterday.
Artificial Leg Taken By Creditor
CLAY, NY -- (AP) Police say a teenager took revenge against a man who had refused to settle a $100 debt by stealing his artificial leg. The man was charged with third-degree grand larceny and released on $100 bail. Despite the arrest, the leg's owner must wait to get his leg back. The limb is being held "in-limbo" as evidence sat the Clay police station.
Buffalo Professor Charged In "Game"
BUFFALO, NY -- (AP) A professor of Creative Studies has been charged with blindfolding, handcuffing and choking a male student during a bizarre role-playing game in a motel room. Scott Isakesen, 44, director of the Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of unlawful imprisonment and coercion. According to the Assistant Police Chief, Isakesen accused the student of cutting class, and offered his the choice of writing a 20-page paper or playing a game which he called an experiment in stress.
Man Said To Ram Neighbor With Car.
NEW YORK -- (AP) A man used his red Volkswagen to kill a neighbor on the building's condominium board who had tried to stop him from constantly washing his car, police said. Konstantine Berdenis, 28, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and the possession of a weapon -- his 1991 VW Golf.
Shop's "Nun Bun" Finds A Place In Cyberspace.
NASHVILLE, TN -- (Reuters) The image of Mother Teresa discovered in the folds of a coffee shop's cinnamon bun has launched a cottage industry, and now Internet believers can view the bun on its own web site.
Money Falls From Above.
MIAMI, FL -- (AP) A Brinks armored truck flipped on an INterstate 95 overpass, showering thousands of dollars in bills and coins onto a poor neighborhood.
A Chocolate Mess In Frigid Belgium.
BRUSSELS -- (Reuters) A Belgian truck driver trapped by some of the coldest weather to hit Belgium in years tried unfreezing his fuel tank with a blowtorch and finished up with a chocolate fondue. Police said yesterday the diesel fuel caught fire, melting the tons of chocolate the truck was carrying.
Woman Gets 2 1/2 Yrs For Sex With Boy, 13
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (Boston Globe) A 37-year-old Maynard woman was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old boy.
Let's Speak English.
(NYT) -- Is clarity of speech too much to ask from TV sports analysts? No. So let's appeal for some from ABC's Dick Vermeil. He is obviously passionate and well-prepared. But his jargon-laden commentary is so prolix that it might have addled the physicist Stephen Hawking. During the Texas-Nebraska Big 12 conference championship, he described one play like this:
Two Slain in Texas Celebrations
HOUSTON -- (Reuters) A man accidentally shot and killed his 7-year-old daughter when he fired a gun to celebrate the New Year, police said. Additionally, a 39-year-old man was killed at a party when a number of people went outside to shoot their guns off at midnight, said the County Sheriff's Office. The shootings occurred despite a police effort to discourage people from greeting the new year with gunfire. The girl died when her father, Randy Farmer, fired a bullet into their home as he stood in the front year and tried to unjam his .38-caliber pistol. In the other shooting, Edward Titus died when he was shot by a friend, Hugh Watson. Watson's handgun went off accidentally as he reloaded after firing off several rounds.
Man Is Sentenced For Drugging Wife.
BRISTOL, CT -- (AP) A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for forcing his wife to take drugs that the authorities said nearly turned her into a "zombie."
Driver Thought Pedestrian He Hit Was A Dummy.
BRAINTREE, MA -- (AP) An elderly driver, who hit a pedestrian then kept going even though the injured man was on his car roof, told police he thought he had struck a dummy.
Chewing Doll Nearly Consumes Girl's Hair.
GRIFFITH, IN -- (AP) A battery-operated Cabbage Patch Doll that can chew had to be taken apart piece by piece when it munched a 7-year-old girl's hair up her scalp and would not let go.
Burp! Glutton Sets Hot Dog-Eating Record
NEW YORK -- (AP) Japan's top glutton squared off against the world hot dog-eating champion recently and the results were not pretty -- for competitors, or spectators.
Football Fanatic Kills Noisy Child During Cowboys Vs. Patriots Game
DALLAS -- (Reuters) A Texas man beat his 3-year-old son to death for making too much noise during the broadcast of Sunday's Dallas Cowboys -- New England Patriots football game, police said. James Thornton 3rd, was punched in the stomach and suffered a ruptured liver and kidney. He died in surgery in a Dallas hospital Monday. Police said that James Thornton 2nd, had been charged with injury to a child, but that the charge might be upgraded to capital murder.
Nuzzling Dog Offends Woman, Acquitted
WATERBURY, CONN. -- (AP) A federal judge has rulled that a Danbury woman was "barking up the wrong tree" when she tried to sue a judge who she claimed did nothing to stop his dog from nuzzling under her skirt repeatedly in court. The Judge, Howard Moraghan, habitually brought his dog, a Golden Retriever named Kodiak, to court with him. Barbara Monsky, a political activist, in court over a land dispute, stated that the dog had a penchant for nuzzling its nose under women's skirts, and that the judge did nothing to stop or discourage the dog. The lawyer for the Judge stated that the dog's behavior was analogous to wagging its tail. The presiding judge, in his decision, found Moraghan's failure to restrain his dog may have caused distress among women in his court, but that the court "has no jurisdiction over this case."
Escape's Easy, Being Green
HUNSTVILLE, TEXAS -- (AP) A 39-year-old inmate walked out of a prison here on Friday by coloring his prison whites green with a Magic Marker, the authorities said.
Cleaner Polishes Off Patients
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Cape Times) For several months, our nurses have been baffled to find a dead patient in the same bed every Friday morning" a spokeswoman for the Pelonomi Hospital (Free State, South Africa) told reporters. "There was no apparent cause for any of the deaths, and extensive checks on the air conditioning system, and a search for possible bacterial infection, failed to reveal any clues.
Navigate the internet with one hand!
TOKOYO, JAPAN -- (EE Times) Matsushita Electric is promoting a new Japanese PC targeted at the Internet. Panasonic has developed a complete Japanese Web browser, and to make the system "user-friendly", licensed the cartoon character "Woody Woodpecker" as the "Internet guide." Panasonic eventually planned on a world version of the product.
Player's Father Admits To Sharpening Helmet Buckle
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- (AP) The father of a high school football palyer admitted he sharpened a buckle on his son's helmet before a game in which several opponents were cut, one badly enough to need 12 stitches.
Four Are Hospitalized After Drinking Brew For Bodybuilding.
PLAINVIEW, L.I., NY -- (The New York Times) Usng a recipe from an underground pamphlet on steroids for bodybuilders, four young Long Island men cooked up a caustic potion and drank it, hoping for a chemical high and bigger muscles.
Are You Part Of This Growing Population?
Washington, D.C, -- (AP) The government considers a body mass index over 25 to be too fat. Here's how to figure yours:
British Tourist Falls To Death
NICOSIA, CYPRUS -- (AP) A British tourist trying to show off his aim by throwing a melon from a second-floor blacony into a municipal trash container lost his balance and fell to his death. Police said Stephen John Pepperell, 39, fell to his death Monday from the balcony of an apartment.
Bricklayer Injured Moving Bricks
Baby Found In College Dorm Waste Basket
POULTNEY, VT -- (AP) A newborn infant boy was hospitalized in stable condition after he was found in a waste basket at Green Mountain College in Poultney,
Thirsty Elephants Hit India Brewery
CALCUTTA -- (Reuters) A herd of elephants in search of a drink destroyed several illegal breweries southwest of Calcutta, Indian forest officials said. The 45-strong herd charged out of the hills in search of water but dropped into the illegal breweries instead creating havoc, but finding what they were looking for.
South Africa Thieves Take Suicide's Car, Toss Body, Notes Aside
JOHANNESBURG -- (Reuters) Thieves stole the car of a dead woman after she had apparently gased herself in the vehicle, South African police said. The body was found in dense bush north of Johannesburg along with two suicide notes and a length of hose pipe which she had used to feed exhaust gases into the car. Police suspect thieves came across the dead woman in the car, took her out, removed the piping and suicide notes and then drove off.
Man "Marries" Comatose Woman, Says Dog Told Him To Do It
TAMPA, FLA -- (Newsweek) Robert Meier was charged with grand theft, forgery, and fraud after police say he forged a marriage license to marry comatose Constance Sewell hours before she died, then ran up $20,000 on her credit cards. Police said Meier claims her dog told him to do it. "He said Ms. Sewell's dog told him she would want him to go on living, have a better life and it would be OK to use her credit cards," said Detective Ed Hancock. He said Sewel, 49, had suffered an aneurysm Jan. 8 and "was deeply comatose, not capable of consenting to marriage."
Man Dies Trying To Reach Lost Keyes
DETROIT (AP) -- A man who squeezed through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to try to retrieve his car keyes became pinned headfirst in a hole and drowned in two feet of water. Ray Langston, 41, was pronounced dead at Grace Hospital about an hour after became stuck early Saturday, police said. Langston used a coat hanger to pry open the 130-pound sewer grate, his brother said.
Naked Man Arrested In Beverly
BEVERLY, MA -- Going for an early morning jog is a common sight on the North Shore nowadays but a Beverly patrolman was caught off guard by what he saw on Broadway this weekend.
A 27-year-old Beverly man running naked down the roadway.
Patrolman Richard Moody was patrolling the downtown street at 5 A.M. Sunday when in the distance he saw a man running up the roadway, said police Sgt. William Terry. As the officer approached the runner, he noticed he was completely nude, Terry said.
Moody arrested Daniel P. Lane on a charge of indecent exposure. Lane is shceduled to be arraigned.
Terry said Lane, when asked why he was running naked, reportedly replied, "I was running for the fun of it."
ATM Spits Out Free $100 Bills
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Remember the Monopoly game card that read, "Bank error in your favor, collect $200"? It really happened here in the city that inspired the board game.
Virginia Cop Arrests Veiled Muslim Women
PORTSMOUTH, VA -- Two Muslim women were arrested for wearing veils in public by a police officer who misinterpreted a law meant to target the KuKluxKlan.
Girl With Headphones Never Heard It Coming
NEW YORK -- A 15-year-old ggirl whose headphones apparently drowned out traffic was struck and killed by a construction backhoe. Jennfier Brenes, an honors student, was hit by the large, slow-moving vehicle while crossing a street on her way to school Tuesday in Queens.
China Suicide Tied To 2nd Girl's Birth
BEJING (Reuters) -- A farmer in eastern China who attempted suicide after his wife gave birth to a daughter succeeded in taking his own life after the couple had another girl, a newspaper reported. The man, "heavily influenced by the fuedal concept of regarding men as superior to women ... felt ashamed to face his parents and that life was not worth living," said the Nanjing Daily newspaper, seen in Bejing yesterday.
Man Crushed By Safe He Was Trying To Steal
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A man was crushed to death by a 600-pound safe he apparently was trying to steal.
Guy With Big Beans And No Brain
John Maich, a New Zealand farmer, with a harvest of giant New Guinea beans that he grew in Helensville, which is north of Auckland. The largest of the bean pods is nearly seven feet long, but at that size, which flouts prudence and the laws of cuisine, the beans are considered inedible.
Parents douse daughter's head with gasoline.
MERRIMAC (AP) -- The state Department of Social Service is investigating a that poured gasoline in their 11-year old daughter's hair to kill lice just inches from the pilot light on a gas stove.