Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When you can't find your sword

Let me say from the outset, that suicide is no laughing matter. But this story of attempted suicide had me in stitches.

Cucumber in rear was 'failed suicide bid'

A HONG Kong man, taken to the hospital to have a cucumber removed from his bottom, told doctors he inserted it in a suicide attempt.

The Sun reported Chin Wei, 62, said the method was a variation of the Japanese ritual suicide hara-kiri - usually carried out with a sword plunged into one's own stomach.

He was found in a pool of blood by his daughter before being rushed to receive medical health.

Medics said a severe tear to the man's anus was not life-threatening.

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