• Doctors at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia, documented a case in the British Medical Journal's Case Reports that has at least one nose out of joint.
A 48-year-old former prison inmate had been suffering from sinus infections, nasal congestion and headaches for years, United Press International reported.
Doctors treating the man performed a CT scan and discovered a rhinolith -- a stone made of calcium -- in his nasal cavity, which, when removed, was found to have formed around a small balloon with cannabis inside.
The patient then recalled that when he was in prison about 18 years earlier, his girlfriend had smuggled in the balloon during a visit, and he had inserted it in his nose to hide it.
But he pushed it too far in and assumed he had swallowed it.
The unnamed man is surely breathing easier these days. [United Press International, 10/31/2019]
• Astronaut and Neshannock Township, Pennsylvania, resident Andrew Morgan, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, cast his absentee ballot this Election Day from his perch 250 miles above the planet, the New Castle News reported.
Ed Allison, Lawrence County's director of voter services, received Morgan's application for an absentee ballot and went the extra mile for the spaceman, coordinating with IT for a fillable, secure PDF file that Morgan could use to register his selections.
"Astronaut Morgan got the ballot, voted it and sent it back," Allison said. "No problem at all. In the 11 years I have been here, it is certainly unique." [New Castle News, 11/4/2019]