Bizarre, sick, obscure news stories for today.
LAWMAKER AIMS TO ALLOW THE BLIND TO HUNT
(Texas, Reuters) – A Texas lawmaker is aiming to allow the blind to hunt. Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel has introduced a measure that would allow blind people to hunt any game that sighted people can currently pursue. “This opens up the fun of hunting to additional people, and I think that’s great,” Kuempel told Reuters. The bill may find little resistance in Texas, where politicians of all stripes endorse hunting, which is wildly popular in the state. Under the bill, blind hunters would be required to have a sighted hunter with them and would be allowed to use laser sights and other devices that are currently not allowed. “A blind person can shoot a rifle by mounting an offset pistol scope on the side of the rifle instead of on top,” said Terry Erwin, the Austin-based Hunter Education Coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “This allows their companion behind them to peer over their shoulder and help them sight it, but the blind person can pull the trigger,” he told Reuters.
WARM BEER LED TO KILLING, POLICE SAY
(Missouri) – A St. Louis man was shot to death over a warm beer, police said. St. Louis police say a woman shot her husband, who was about 70 years old, four to five times in the chest after he tried giving her a warm can of Stag beer. Police said the wife admitted shooting him about 5:40 p.m. in the kitchen of their home in the 5100 block of Terry Avenue. Police said the home had no electricity at the time. Homicide detectives would not identify the man. The woman, whom police also did not identify, was taken into custody.
WORLD’S TALLEST MAN SAVES CHOKING DOLPHINS
(China, AP) – The long arms of the world’s tallest man saved two dolphins in northeast China by reaching inside of them to remove plastic they had swallowed, state media reported. The dolphins at an aquarium in Fushun, Liaoning Province, had fallen sick after swallowing the plastic from the edge of their pool, and attempts to use surgical instruments to remove the plastic failed because of the contraction of the dolphins’ stomachs in response to the instruments. Veterinarians then decided to ask for help from Bao Xishun, a 7-foot-8 herdsman from Inner Mongolia. Bao, 54, was confirmed last year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest living man. Bao was able to reach deep enough into the dolphins to pull out the plastic. “Some very small plastic pieces are still left in the dolphins’ stomachs,” Zhu Xiaoling, a local doctor, told Xinhua. “However the dolphins will be able to digest these and are expected to recover soon.”
CONDOMS CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR SOME INDIAN MEN
(India, Reuters) – Condoms designed to meet international size specifications are too big for many Indian men as their penises fall short of what manufacturers had anticipated, an Indian study has found. The Indian Council of Medical Research, a leading state-run center, said its initial findings from a two-year study showed 60 percent of men in the financial capital Mumbai had penises about one inch shorter than those condoms catered for. For a further 30 percent, the difference was at least two inches. A poor fit meant the prophylactics often didn’t do the job they were bought for, and led to some tearing or slipping off during use. “One of the reasons for a failure of up to 20 percent of condoms is the association of the size of the condom to the erect penis,” the council’s Dr. Chander Puri told Reuters, adding another reason was couples often put them on in a hurry. Puri said many men in India, which has the world’s highest HIV positive caseload, were too shy to ask for condoms. “We need more vending machines for condoms of different sizes so people can pick a condom with confidence that is suited to their needs,” he said.
TONGUE MADE FROM BUTTOCKS
(Poland) – A Polish man who had his tongue removed has had a new one made using tissue taken from his buttocks. Jarislav Ernst, 23, from Gliwice, now has a functioning tongue made from his backside after surgery at the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice’s General Hospital. Head doctor Stanislaw Poltorek said, “The new tongue is alive and well-supplied with blood, and the patient is doing well.” Ernst’s tongue was removed after it was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Poltorek added, “We removed the tumor-filled tongue, checking that there were no remaining cancerous cells around the patient’s mouth, then collected skin, fat and nerve tissue from the man’s buttocks and modeled that into a new tongue, which we sewed into his mouth.”