By Scott McCartney
Published on Friday 29 June 2012 12:00
This week saw a truly horrific x-ray emerge after a spear gun accident, the embarrassment of a woman glued to the toilet, and a cyclist who was robbed at sausage-point. Also, if you fart in New Jersey, expect to find yourself looking down the barrell of a gun.
Teenager survives spear through the brain
Doctors in Miami have successfully removed a spear that went right through the head of a teenage boy after a spearfishing accident.
Despite having three feet of spear hanging out of his brain, Yasser Lopez, 16, is now recovering in hospital.
Reports say he has been able to speak and will be monitored by doctors over the next few months as he continues to heal.
Woman glued to toilet seat
A woman in Kentucky was the victim of a malicious prank this week when she found herself glued to the seat of a supermarket toilet.
The poor victim had gone to use the facilities in her local branch of Walmart when she found she couldn’t stand up again. After an hour on the throne, a crowd of paramedics managed to pull her off and free her from what was later revealed to be superglue.
Cyclist attacked by sausage wielding thief
A man has denied attacking a cyclist using a string of sausages.
Michael Baker is accused of taken the meat from a fairground stand and using it to rob a man of his jewellery and bike.
Baker was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery; disturbing the peace; disorderly conduct; and receiving stolen property under $250.
Man threatens flatulent neighbour with gun
An angry New Jersey resident pulled a gun on his neighbour because of his flatulence.
A man who lives in the same apartment block, apparently ripped one while passing by, causing an elderly firearms enthusiast to pull a gun on him.
The 72-Year-old told the windy walker “I’ll put a hole in your head”, while pointing a silver revolver at him.
He was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and terroristic threats.
Drug cocktail ‘not to blame’ for zombie incident
A man who was shot by police after eating his victim’s face was not on some unknown cocktail of drugs, a report has found.
Last month Rudy Eugene was thought to be suffering a severe and bizarre new form of drug hallucination when he was found naked by the side of a busy Miami road, chewing the face of a homeless man. When ordered to cease, Eugene turned to growl at officers with a mouthful of his victim’s flesh.
It was widely believed that Eugene had taken bath salts, a synthetic amphetamine cocktail linked with similar violent attacks, but an investigation has revealed that he had nothing more than marijuana in his system.
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A BODY had just floated past. A group of old people were shuffling with leaden steps through the water towards what they hoped was shelter. Looters were out on the streets and someone had just taken a pot-shot at a rescue helicopter.
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