Sunday, July 8, 2012
Nailgun can pierce skull, NZ man discovers; and other stuff!
From: AAP July 07, 2012 7:40AM
A New Zealand man lost his sight in one eye after he put a nailgun to his forehead to test if it could pierce bone.
HE pulled the trigger and it had enough power to drive the nail into his skull, pinning his beanie to his head and ending up behind his nose.
"He actually walked himself into the hospital and was laughing about it," Vicki Hookham, charge nurse manager at Wairarapa Hospital's Emergency Department told Fairfax.
The 2010 case was one unearthed in Wairarapa Hospital emergency department figures requested by the publisher.
The man was testing the gun to see if it would go through bone, she said.
"Needless to say, there wasn't a lot of brain function going on before or after that decision."
The man was taken to Wellington Hospital, where the nail was removed. He lost sight in one eye.
Another case included a teenager cutting their foot with a spade. They told doctors they were trying to dig to Russia.
Another person was taken to the emergency department after eating a sea slug and a teenager came in with a sore ear after spraying deodorant into it.
Other remarkable entries include "chainsaw versus hand", "cow horn versus face", and a somehow survivable "skydive accident".