The grossest story on earth?

March 31, 2009

Blog Guy, I’m a 12-year-old boy and I’m going camping with my friends next weekend. I could use a gross story to tell around the campfire. Make it REALLY disgusting!

Be careful what you ask for, kid. We have a video report today by Penny Tweedie, about a diver who shot himself in the head with his own harpoon in a freak accident.

Awesome! Don’t stop now!

I asked staffers here at the elegant penthouse Oddly Enough Blog office to watch the 56-second report, and nobody got all the way through it.

One stopped just four seconds into it, after hearing “This stomach-turning photo…”

Another made it 11 seconds, turning away at “…15-centimeter harpoon embedded in his head… ”

My new intern got as far as 27 seconds, passing out at “…the resulting injury horrified doctors…”

I myself got to 41 seconds, but grabbed a nearby bucket upon hearing “…he was lucky that the harpoon didn’t…open inside his skull…”

Jeez, I didn’t know you were such a huge weenie, Blog Guy! I just watched the whole thing, and the dude is gonna be okay. But you know what, the doctors had to….

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT! I hope Penny Tweedie has screaming nightmares tonight.

Waste more time! Join the Oddly Enough blog network!

More stuff from Oddly Enough

8 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Just thinking about it give me a stabbing headache …

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive

Mr Bob,

I watched with trepidation, but really…

I have seen worse by far going out on patrols with the Marines.

Now, the commercial by Cisco with some people trying to sing, before the ‘Heady Harpoonery’ thing came on, and I was kind of gut clenched by the horrible attempts at trying by the people in that commervial to carry that tune.

I guess we all have different levels of stomach flip floppatude, I guess.

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Eh, this video isn’t bad. I get more terrified watching Barney.

Posted by Charles | Report as abusive

Unbeknownst to you all, he was performing an ritual entitled “Ode to Phineas Gauge.”

Posted by Mel | Report as abusive

[...] gloobe web added an interesting post today on The grossest story on earth?Here’s a small readingBlog Guy, I’m a 12-year-old boy and I’m going camping with my friends next weekend. I could use a gross story to tell around the campfire. [...]

how? just how?

Posted by steven | Report as abusive

[...] Read the rest here: The grossest story on earth? [...]

It provided a great lunch time story.
Not quite to the level of the raw monkey brains dinner story.

But a new story to tell, thanks!

I saw worse on the Discovery Health Channel – a guy with a driver (golf club) all the way through his head. The one live shot was blurry in the video, and the x-rays were quite clinical.

Posted by MCD | Report as abusive

I worked ambulance years ago. We brought in a carpenter who fell off a ladder while using a nailing gun with 16 penny nails. He had a small cut over his eye from where he believed the casing of the nailing gun struck him when he hit the ground. The guy was fully conscious and speaking to us but in some pain. Since this was a work-related injury, they did an X-Ray of his eye orbit (the bones around his eye) and guess what? He had shot a 16 penny nail straight into his brain at a point just above his eyeball. It was removed in emergency surgery and apparently the guy recovered. You should have seen the looks around the ER when we looked at the X-Ray!

Posted by Allan A. | Report as abusive