The BBC is reporting on a 59 year-old German woman who had a pencil lodged in her head since she was 4 years old. Surgeons in Berlin recently extracted the foreign object in order to relieve the woman’s headaches and nosebleeds. Thanks to the operation, which cleared her nasal passage, she will also regain her sense of smell.
Like so many other events in life, this reminds me of a Simpsons episode. Homer signs up for some scientific studies in order to earn extra cash. When the doctors scan his head, they discover a crayon lodged in his frontal lobe. They remove it and Homer becomes much smarter, but in the end he returns the crayon to his brain because he realizes that people don’t like a smart alec.
Writing utensils are not the only items that find their way into the brain. Earlier this summer, Mindhacks reported on a Croatian man with a knife lodged in his skull.
Do you know of any other incidents like these? If so, please post them in the comments section.