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Squid inseminates a woman’s tongue
  24th Jun 2012

A woman in Seoul, Korea, was eating a semi-boiled squid when the cephalopod injected its sperm bag into her tongue, according to research published in February. The unidentified woman reportedly experienced a "pricking and foreign-body sensation" while she chewed and spat the squid out. She had to go to the hospital when she felt severe pain and several "small, squirming" creepy crawlies in her mouth. Doctors found that the squid had left "12 small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms" in the mucous membranes of her tongue and cheek and told her that her mouth had been inseminated. Researchers think that the squid's sperm bags came out while the woman chewed her food. Squids have "sperm bags" which are ejaculatory apparatuses that attach themselves to a female's body before slowly secreting sperm.

Being ugly is not a curse: Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly

William Masvinu, the latest winner of Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant, makes his living carrying loads for shoppers in a market in the impoverished western Harare township of Mbare. The victory has made the 38-year-old a local celebrity, but the modelling offers he thought he'd be getting aren't yet pouring in. "I was expecting to do some adverts and some modelling if I was asked. But I'm still poor, still carrying loads of cabbages onto buses," he said, after winning the second edition of the pageant last month. "I am ready to show the world my gift," he said. "Being ugly is not a curse. It's a gift God gave me and I'm proud of it. My face makes me special and I am not making any excuses about it." Masvinu beat four other ugly men to land the title, $100 in cash and a night at a hotel. Masvinu said he cashed in the hotel voucher in order to buy food. "It didn't much make sense to sleep in a nice hotel on an empty stomach," he said.

'Don't want surgery for 100-lb balls'

A man who made headlines for his 100-pound scrotum says he turned down an offer for free surgery to get rid of his bulging problem. Reports said that Wesley Warren Jr declined an opportunity to have the Dr. Oz Show pay for the medical expenses of the surgery, partially because they wanted exclusive interview rights. But Warren bristles at the notion that he won't get surgery because he doesn't want to lose the fame he's garnered because of his condition, which is caused by an excess of watery fluid collecting around his testicles. "Who would want to live like this?" he said. "I just don't want to die during the operation." Warren's scrotum prevents him from holding down a job and makes it difficult for him to urinate properly. But the surgery is complicated and it carries the risk that his penis and testicles could have to be completely removed if surgeons can't stop the bleeding. Warren's Facebook page, created back in 2011 to raise money for surgery, garnered words of encouragement. "Keep praying. God's going to fix this," one user wrote.

Woman fined after being set on fire

A Florida woman, who was set on fire at a gas station earlier this month, emerged from the hospital to find herself saddled with hundreds of dollars in car towing charges. However, after receiving a multitude of phone calls and e-mails from strangers offering to pay the woman's bills, the towing company is waiving the fees altogether. The horrific attack occurred on 11 June when Naomie Breton, 34, was meeting her ex-boyfriend Roosevelt Mondesir, 52, in Boynton Beach. Mondesir allegedly doused Breton in gasoline and then lit her on fire. A graphic surveillance video shows Breton first trying to get away from her ex, then running through the parking lot in a ball of flames. Mondesir was charged with attempted first-degree murder and is being held without bail. Breton was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for second and third degree burns. Zuccala's Wrecker Service had responded to police requests to remove both Breton's Mercedes and Mondesir's Jaguar from the parking lot. Since Breton's name was on both titles, she found herself hit with the towing fees, which amounted to over $600. The Florida woman was outraged by the fees. "It's not like I had a choice where my car went," she said. "I was on fire." Worse, the amount was simply more than she could afford. Andrew Zuccala, owner of Zuccala's Wrecker Service, told the media he decided to return her car.

Contact lenses for North Carolina elephant

After C'sar, the bull elephant lost weight, grew depressed and underwent surgery because of eye trouble, his keepers at a North Carolina zoo began to consider a pioneering move in pachyderm medicine: giving him a set of king-size contact lenses. Officials at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are weighing whether the risks are worth it. C'sar's caregivers said an elephant has never been fitted with corrective lenses, and they are unsure if they want C'sar to be the first test subject. The 12,000-pound, 38-year-old African bull elephant has been at the zoo since 1978. Zookeepers first noticed his eyes were cloudy in 2010. He gradually lost 1,000 pounds, became lethargic and seemed depressed. "He just stood around and leaned against the walls," said senior veterinarian Ryan DeVoe. "He was just not interested in anything going on around him." After C'sar had cataract surgeries, he perked up. The lenses would need to three times larger than contacts fitted for a human.

Misfired rockets & burnt butts

When Kairee Goodin went out to the Mojave Desert back in June 2010 to attend the annual "Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships" festival near Barstow, California, she was looking for a fun vacation and lasting memories. Instead, the 21-year-old biotech grad from Seattle says she got burned when a high-powered rocket ignited. As a result of the blast, Goodin suffered degree burns to 5% of her body, and lacerations to her thighs, legs and buttocks from shrapnel and debris.

 
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