News of the Weird

* "News of the Weird" has several times reported on construction workers who survived after accidentally shooting themselves in the head with their nail guns, most recently in a 1996 incident in Amarillo, Texas, involving a brad 1 1/4 inches long. In July 1998, a co-worker of Travis Bogumill, 21, in Eau Claire, Wis., accidentally jarred his nail gun and fired a 3 1/4-inch nail into Bogumill's head. He recovered but believes math is more difficult for him than it used to be.

* Within days of each other in October, a 20-year-old college student in Morehead City, N.C., and a 21-year-old college student in Lansing, Mich., died after accepting dares by their friends. The North Carolina man consumed a quantity of caffeine tablets equivalent to about 250 cups of coffee, and the Michigan man consumed 24 shots of an alcoholic beverage in less than two hours.

Send your weird news to Chuck Shepherd, P.O. Box 8306, St. Petersburg, FL 33738, or Weird@compuserve.com.

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