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“Dick” Shot

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Games, Health, Kids, Recreation, Toys, Weapons

Ex Vice-President Dick "Dick" Cheney started the trend. dickcheney_shotgun While on a hunting trip, he shot 78 year old Harry Whittington, a Bush-Cheney campaign donor from Austin, Texas. #shootafriendintheface The injuries from birdshot are visible on his face as Harry Whittington, the man accidentally shot a.. Whittington had a heart attack after a piece of buckshot migrated to a heart muscle, but most of the other wounds were superficial. A grateful Whittington later appeared on television to apologize for the incident.

Medical drawing of injuries to Harry Whittington

"My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week," Whittington said. But it was too late to prevent the new fad of shooting a friend in the face. #shootafriendintheface Six year old Yang Yang was playing with his cousin in Neijiang, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, when thy came across a gun. Yang's cousin, also six years old, picked it up and shot him in the face. yangyang3 The boys returned to their house about ten minutes later, according to their grandmother, who said, “They were crying, and Yang Yang's face had a huge hole, bleeding profusely.” yangyang2 Doctors removed all 325 pellets from the blast. yangyang1 Yang's father said that both boys were terrified at what had happened. Like Whittington, Yang is expected to survive, though there will be substantial scarring. shotgun2 But he's lucky. Shotgun wounds to the face can be much more serious. shotgun_forensic And apologizing to Dick Cheney won't make it any better.
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Just Passing Through

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Animals, Consumer, Culture, Food, Health

Japanese fish delicacies are as beautiful as they are tasty. sashimi Sashimi, raw fish, is gaining in popularity around the world. Often served alongside sushi and tempura, it's one of the very few animal products that can be a part of a non-vegetarian raw foods diet. madai-sashimi The most common fish used in sashimi are tuna, salmon, mackerel, and yellowfin, but the key is freshness, so just about any locally available fish may be used. But what happens when good sashimi goes bad? Corpses Outside Chongqing Shelter For the man who went to Guangzhou No. 8 People's Hospital in Guangdong Province in eastern China, it resulted in a stomach ache and itching. sash1 Probably as a result of poor sanitation, some of the raw fish was contaminated. sash3 The x-rays revealed that the man was infested with tapeworms and tapeworm larvae. tapeworm Tapeworm larvae are usually found in freshwater fish. Eating raw or undercooked fish can transmit the parasite. sash2 Eventually the parasite can cause cysticercosis, where the adult worms enter the bloodstream. That type of infection is life threatening when it reaches the brain. sash4 By the time this victim entered the hospital, the larvae had spread throughout his entire body. The man is expected to survive the ordeal, and although he had a record number of larvae infesting his body. However, he didn't beat Sally Mae Wallace's record tapeworm. Sally, from Great Grits, Mississippi had a 37' tapeworm removed while completely conscious. But we're pretty sure the Chinese gentleman could beat the record if the larvae were all laid end to end. sally-mae  
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A Bar Enters a Man

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Health

Mr. Ho was razing his property in Leye County, Guangxi Province, China when the punchline hit him. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 A Ho walks into a bar... In this case, the bar fell from above impaling him. It went through the right side of his forehead all the way through the left side of his jaw. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Paramedics were surprised by the extent of the injuries, and after transporting Ho to the hospital, they had to call firemen to cut off the ends of the bar. He was then transferred to a better equipped hospital where the rest of the bar could be removed. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 An x-ray taken in preparation for the surgery showed that the inch thick steel bar passed through the right side of his forehead and behind the left eye socket before exiting through the left cheek just over the jawline. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Had the rod penetrated at a slightly different angle it would likely have passed through his brain or eyeball, resulting in even more serious injuries or death. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Mr. Ho is expected to make a full recovery, and is staying away from bars in the future.
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At the End of His Rope

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Crime, Culture, Education, Family, Kids, Weapons

Ten year old Tang Chu, who lives in Ghizhou, China was trying to watch his favorite cartoons when he became annoyed by a noise from outside. Tang_Chu_apt Workman Liu Mai was using his electric drill to install new lights outside the 8th floor apartment. While most ten year olds would probably be driven by curiosity, Tang Chu just wanted to stop the noise. He grabbed a knife from the kitchen, and cut the workman's safety rope. That left him dangling 100 feet up by a single rope. His workmate Zhang Pan heard his screams, and called firemen, who were able to winch Liu Mai to safety on the 11th floor. liumai2 Tang Chu said that the builders were too loud and it was distracting him as he tried to watch his favorite cartoons. He has since apologized for his actions. Father Tang Peng said, "He just didn't think. We have apologized and bought the man a new rope." liumai3 "We also gave him a good talking too and explained what he did was very dangerous. "He has promised he will not do something similar again. I think we may also need to take him for some anger management therapy." Just make sure the therapist keeps his voice down.
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Cutting Corners

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The Tonghe County Stadium in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province had been undergoing renovation, and was behind schedule. tonghe_stadium With time running out for finishing the 10,000 square foot stadium, and an impending inspection by provincial leaders and Communist Party officials, the project managers cut a few corners. tonghe_track3 The oval track had already been finished, except for the surface marking. Figuring out how to lay out concentric ovals requires math. tonghe_track1 So they laid out the track as a rectangle, with 90 degree corners. “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that,” one of the stadium managers said. “We think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?” tongue_track2 The innovative layout hasn't been popular with the public. “It’s impossible to run on such a surface,” said long distance runner Zhang Yong. He went on to  call the track a disgrace to the sport of running.
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Crash Test Dummy

by on Sep.29, 2013, under Consumer, Culture, Education, Health

Safety wasn't a major consideration for vehicle manufacturers until 1966, when the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards was passed into law. There really was no way to tell how safe a vehicle was... until the situation occurred.


Survivability wasn't a consideration. You just had to look out. truck-demolishes-a-car-in-waltham Recently, two horrendous-looking crashes involving Lamborghini automobiles have been in the news. Witnesses described the cars in both cases as having "split in half" on impact. la8 It looks like a severe crash like that could be fatal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou get more than style when you spend $ 400,000 on a vehicle. la4 While it might look bad for the car, the passenger is protected by the Lamborghini Aventador's monocoque, a carbon fiber cage surrounding the interior. lambocageIt's a high-tech mobile safety cocoon for the rich. Most of drive more ordinary vehicles, which, while safer than ever, still require some common sense. sc1 At the very least, you need to use your seatbelt. sc2 When the car, driving in Guanxi province in China, hit the back of a truck, the passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was propelled through the windshield. sc3 She watched as rescue crews first remove the unconscious driver from the car. sc4 Then they enlarged the hole and extracted her from the windshield. If you really value your safety on the road, then you should be driving the Lamborghini Aventador.
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Tales of Woe

by on Sep.28, 2013, under Health, Kids, Nature

In the early stages of development of a human embryo, there's a tail-like structure. This tail measures about 1/6th the size of the entire length of the embryo (the equivalent of a 12-inch tail on a 6-foot man). But as the fetus develops, the tail is absorbed. Enzymes dissolve the bones, and the entire structure retracts into the fetus's body. If something goes wrong in the process, the tail may continue to grow. tail02 The baby is normal overall. But it has a tail and will probably grow up to be evil. Human baby with a tail The tail is a "caudal appendage", basically a vestigial muscle. It can be removed surgically. tail_DRAWIf left intact, it may continue to grow along with the rest of the body. tail01 Unlucky Xiao Wei is a seven month old boy from Guangdong, China. He was born with a large tail, and surgeons can't remove it. xiaowei2 Wei was born with myelomeningocele, a variant of spinal bifida. Spina bifida, or split spine is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine. Myelomeningocele spina bifida causes the spinal column to remain open allowing the membranes and spinal cord push out to create a sac in the baby’s back. This sometimes leaves the nervous system vulnerable to infections that may be fatal. xiaowei1 Even when the tail can be surgically removed, the nervous system will probably already be permanently damaged, resulting in a range of symptoms, including paralysis and incontinence. xiaowei3 Chinese doctors say the growth at the base of Wei's spine has been caused by damage to the outer wall of the child's spinal canal. Surgeon Huang Chuanping reported, "Wei's growth is quite well developed and now measures some 10 centimeters. If we cut it off it will simply grow again. We need to repair the spinal canal first to stop it reoccurring."
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The Zhejiang Redemption

by on May.28, 2013, under Crime, Culture, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

There are lots of reasons that a drain might clog. Grease and hair can build up over time. drain_clog Sometimes foreign objects make their way into a pipe.


You never know what a kid might flush down. drain_toys The plumbing was particularly noisy in one building in Jinhua in the coastal province of Zhejiang when residents reported the sound of a baby crying. They heard the cries from a waste pipe on the fourth floor. drain_baby1 Firemen sawed away at the four-inch-wide pipe just below a ceiling in which the boy was trapped. drain_baby2 The rescuers then rushed the section of pipe to a hospital. drain_baby3 A drain snake wasn't available, so firemen and surgeons used pliers and saws to get the baby out of the pipe. drain_baby4 The boy’s arms were pinned to his side and when the pipe was pried away, he let out a long wail at the Pujiang County People’s Hospital in Jinhua, eastern China. He was still attached to the placenta. drain_baby5 drain_baby6 The baby was covered with sewage, and had a skull fracture. The mother could face a charge of attempted murder. A police officer said she had hidden her pregnancy and claimed  the baby fell into the toilet after she unexpectedly gave birth. "The woman was on the scene during the entire rescue process, and admitted she was the mother when we asked her." He said police were still investigating whether she had any malicious intentions before deciding on charges. drain_baby7 drain_baby8 The baby, referred to as "Baby 59" for the incubator he occupies, is in stable condition and expected to recover. toilet_kid3
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Dangerous Driver

by on Jan.26, 2013, under Health, Kids

Jiali, a four year old girl from Tianshui, Gansu Province, China was visiting her grandma when she slipped and fell over face first. She had been carrying a screwdriver, possibly in anticipation of applying for a job at FoxConn when she turns five. jiali34 She fell with enough force to drive the screwdriver into her nose where it stopped just below the eye socket. jiali2 It barely missed the brain. At the first two hospitals she visited, doctors were uncertain they could remove it safely. jiali5 Although we're not sure just what his past experiences entailed, this wasn't the first time Chief Surgeon Yu Qin has removed household objects from children's faces.

Nurse prepares pap smear while Jiali is under sedation

Although the tip of the screwdriver was only 2mm from the base of the skull, Dr. Qin was able to remove it while managing to "preserve the little girl's looks." jiali1 The screwdriver, reported to be a Philips, was not significantly damaged.
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Back Inside

by on Nov.19, 2012, under Health, Kids

It would be pretty hard to get through life with your less-developed twin on your back. We discussed Fetus in fetu in a previous article, Something Inside. Fetus in fetu is found in the abdomen 80% of the time, and infrequently in the skull. In this one-in-five-million case, an eleven year old girl in China was admitted to a hospital to check on the third arm that was sprouting from her back. The back x-ray disclosed an abnormal curvature of the spine, and a few additional bones. They consisted of a breast, arm with shoulder blade, and two fingers. This is the first time this condition has been documented in the back. The parasitic twin was mostly removed by surgery but the girl's problems aren't over. In a necropsy, analysis revealed digestive tract lining in the tissue. And she suffers from diastematomyelia, which is a congenital disorder in which the spinal cord is split.
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