Pot luck as hole in the road saves heart man
POTHOLES get blamed for wrecking suspensions, bursting tyres and causing accidents – but one in America has been praised for saving a man’s life.
An ambulance was racing to hospital with a patient whose heart rate had soared to a lethal 200 beats a minute, well over twice what it should be.
Then the vehicle bounced into a huge hole in the road – and the shock of the impact jolted his heart back to normal before the crew arrived at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr Andrew Goldsweig of Nebraska Medicine said “It’s rare, but it’s a welldescribed phenomenon.
“A big jolt often helps treat a rapid heartbeat. It turns out, you can do that with a pothole!”
THE French are never squeamish when it comes to their palates. From snails to frogs’ legs and stinky cheeses, they’ll eat anything. But a May Day tradition dedicated to the Virgin Mary says young girls have to walk in a procession with cows – then drink milk straight from their udders. Which gives me the shudders. Non, merci!
A COUPLE caught romping half-naked outside a Florida police station after necking a pint of vodka told cops they were having “a Key West moment”. Gary Hill and Crystal Frances were charged with public indecency offences... but only after Frances was treated for alcohol poisoning.
WILDLIFE rangers had to look twice when they came across this snake which was perfectly healthy and ordinary – apart from three eyes.
The team found the carpet python near the oddly named town of Humpty Doo, in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Biology professor David Penning said: “I have seen snakes with two heads, but nothing quite like this.” Erm...
A FAMILY of witches are still casting spells – but now they do it over the internet. Mihaela Minca and her daughter Cassandra hold online consultations from a shed in Mogosoaia, Romania, with clients all over the world. Cassandra, 20, said: “It’s not the phone or Facebook that do the magic. It’s our words and rituals.”