A Goulais River, Ontario, man accidentally shot himself in the forehead trying to kill a mouse.

He was using the butt of a rifle to club the rodent when the weapon went off Wednesday at a camp on Anjigami Lake, about 40 kilometres southeast of Wawa, provincial police said.

A bullet grazed his forehead, said Const. Amanda Huff.

The man didn’t know the weapon was loaded.

“He was very lucky,” said Huff.

The man was treated in hospital and released.

Dale Whitmell, 40, was charged with careless use of a firearm and will appear in court Sept. 17.

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A holiday show in Russia took a ghastly turn Friday when a fire dancer accidentally lit her own face and hands in front of onlookers.

Polina Druzhinina, 16, was spinning burning balls soaked in kerosene for a Children’s Day crowd of tikes in the city of Tver. When she tried to blow out the flames at the end of her performance, accelerant on her face caught fire, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

A video of the scary incident was posted on YouTube, showing Druzhinina’s face ablaze. She throws her equipment toward the crowd and tries to put out the flames with her hands, but they catch fire too.

“I can hardly remember anything. When my face started burning and when it was all over, it feels like it was not happening to me,” Druzhinina told the paper. “I can only remember that it was very hot on the face, I remember the cold grass too. I remember I was washing my face with the water from the river and then they took me to the hospital.”

As she flees, a spectator appears to wrap his coat around her to put out the blaze. The Russian newspaper hails him as the hero of the day.

Luckily, no spectators were hurt and doctors say Druzhinina suffered very minor burns.

“Doctors said that she would be just like before in a couple of weeks,” said Denis Avayev, leader of the girl’s fire dancing group, to reporters.

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A Brazilian actor playing Judas was seriously injured on Saturday when he accidentally hanged himself during a Bible scene in which his character commits suicide after betraying Jesus.

The actor, identified as Tiago Klimeck, apparently confused which cord he should use, and remained hanging for several minutes during a performance of “The Passion of Christ” in the city of Itarare.

The man’s colleagues did not react immediately while he hung unconscious, believing the actor was still playing the role of Judas.

Klimeck was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in serious condition.

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A Nova Scotia man took matters into his own hands after being turned down for an unusual gastroenterological procedure in a Cape Breton hospital last month.

“And I’m feeling good, but my fingers are crossed and I’m hoping and praying it doesn’t come back,” the 66-year-old man said.

The Albert Bridge man, who asked not to be named, has suffered from a bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile, since undergoing routine surgery at Cape Breton Regional Hospital 18 months ago.

Frustrated, ill and determined to rid himself of the infection once and for all, he gave himself what is called a faecal infusion or enema on Friday.

“It’s a nasty topic to discuss, but faecal transplants work, and I was not ready to wait any longer,” the man said.

With faeces donated by his cousin, whose stool had been tested for blood-borne infections or parasites, the man mixed up a slurry with water and performed the procedure in his own bathroom.

On March 9, Dr. Baroudi Fashir was set to perform what is known as a faecal transplant, which involves inserting donated and tested feces into the patient’s large bowel with a colonoscope.

The procedure is said to restore the bowel’s natural bacterial environment.

Although the hospital’s medical advisory committee had approved the protocol for the procedure, there were no set guidelines for it so it could not go ahead. The doctor was surprised when told his patient had performed the procedure himself at home.

“He did it by himself?” Fashir said. “It’s not good to do by himself.”

He said he would not advise anyone to do such a thing.

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Continuing with the karmic theme…

A man from rural Iowa is being treated for two gunshot wounds after he attempted to shoot a raccoon caught in a live trap.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says that 68-year-old Larry Godwin from Redfield was using a 22-caliber handgun to shoot the caged raccoon at around 11 a.m. Saturday.

The bullet ricocheted off the cage and struck him in the lower abdomen on the right side. He dropped the gun and it fired again, shooting him again in about the same spot.

He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines by private vehicle.

The DNR says that the injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

There is no word on the fate of the raccoon…

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An undercover police officer in England “chased himself round the streets” for 20 minutes after a CCTV operator mistook him for suspect.

The junior officer, who has not been named, was monitoring an area hit by a series of burglaries in an unnamed market town in the country’s south.

As the probationary officer from Sussex Police searched for suspects, the camera operator radioed that he had seen someone “acting suspiciously” in the area.

But he failed to realise that it was actually the plain-clothed officer he was watching on the screen, according to details leaked to an industry magazine.

The operator directed the officer, who was on foot patrol, as he followed the “suspect” on camera last month, telling his colleague on the ground that he was “hot on his heels”.

The officer spent around 20 minutes giving chase before a sergeant came into the CCTV control room, recognised the “suspect” and laughed hysterically at the mistake.

The details of the operation blunder were leaked to Police magazine, which is published by the Police Federation, this week by a senior officer who witnessed the embarrassing incident.

Sussex police were unable to provide further details of the incident, the officers involved or where it occurred.

The anonymous officer, believed to be the PC’s sergeant, told the monthly magazine: “An officer who joined a team in Sussex as a new probationary officer was soon very keen to do any plain-clothes operations and be as proactive as possible.

He would be waiting at the end of his shift hoping to be unleashed for a further couple of hours of plain-clothes duties.

On one such occasion in a little market town in Sussex which has suffered a spate of town centre shop break-ins, officers were on plain-clothed foot patrol when a report was received of a suspect male in one of the side roads.”

“The CCTV operator soon had the suspect on camera and everywhere he saw the male the keen PC was on his heels – radioing in to say he was in the same street.”

He added: “Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the PC was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace.”

It was at this point that the sergeant entered the control room where he recognised the junior officer.

“With the sergeant’s sides aching from laughter he pointed out to the PC that the operator had been watching him unaware that he was a pain-clothes officer – thus the PC had been chasing himself round the streets.”

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