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Pot luck as hole in the road saves heart man

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Wattt The Goss -

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.”

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