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News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published August 18, 2014

Readers' Choice

(1) Bill Hillmann, 32, expert on Spain's bull-running events and author of a chapter in "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" (the most famous festival), was hospitalized in July after being gored during the run, with the horn passing through one thigh, missing his femoral artery by a centimeter. He told the Chicago Tribune from his hospital bed that he would be back for the next one.

(2) In June, an unnamed American exchange student visiting Tubingen University in Germany, exploring a large marble sculpture outside the school's institute for microbiology and virology, was trapped inside and had to be rescued by firefighters. The sculpture was a giant vulva, and 22 responders arrived in five fire trucks to pull the man out of the "vagina." [Chicago Tribune, 7-9-2014] [The Guardian (London), 6-23-2014]

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