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Strange but true


Washington, USA: A Moses Lake man is home recovering after a 2-inch nail misfired from a nail gun and pierced his heart.

Steven Faber was injured while putting up a siding on his garage.He said the nail gun malfunctioned when his business partner, Brent Heroux, handed it to him.'I thought I was dying, ' said Faber, co-owner with Heroux of Green Desert Construction.

Heroux called 911 and then started driving Faber to the hospital. An ambulance intercepted them and took Faber the rest of the way. A paramedic said: 'The nail would move at each heartbeat so we knew it was right next to or in his heart.'X-rays and ultrasound confirmed the nail had jabbed a chamber of the heart. Heart surgeon Dr Jack Leonard pulled out the nail, noting tongue-in-cheek: 'I didn't use a claw hammer.'

Connecticut, USA: Police arrested plumber Frank Hersha for suspected drink-driving in Manchester when they spotted him trying to order from the drive-through window of a restaurant that was obviously closed.

New York, USA: Former labourer and convicted rapist Johan Horase, 60, was turned down by the New York Parole Board after offering a new excuse for his crime - which was committed against a nursing home resident in a near coma. Horase, then a maintenance worker at the home, said he had read in a medical book that pregnancy could snap a woman out of a coma and that he was only trying to help.

USA: 'Anal-wart researcher' (visual inspection being the only way to detect anal cancer from the human papillomavirus) heads Popular Science magazine's second annual list of the worst jobs in science.

However, 'worm parasitologist' can be just as challenging, especially for anyone studying the Dracunculus medinensis (which can settle in humans to a length of 3 ft and then must be removed carefully after its thousands of offspring burst through the skin).Other contenders: 'tampon squeezer' for the study of vaginal infections; a Lyme-disease 'tick attractor' (who must sing, to keep bears away, while trolling in the woods); and 'monitors' at warm-climate landfills (where garbage has been reduced to steamy, liquid condensates).

Russia: A man has been arrested after answering the call of nature in a display toilet in a shop's bathroom section. Staff at the shop in Kirov, west Russia, failed to act in time as the man, not named, unzipped his trousers and began urinating in the toilet in the middle of the showroom floor.The man told police he had assumed customers would be allowed to try out the products before buying them.