How’d You Miss That? Pencil Lodged In Brain


Imagine you have some headaches and that your vision in one eye is really starting to go all crazy. You go to the doctor only to be told that the brain scans have come back showing a pencil lodged inside your head. Surprised? I have almost no idea how this would be news to you, but it was to an Afghan man.

…the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a 10-centimeter (4-inch) pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.

Seriously? The man says that he has no idea how the pencil got there but “recalled that he once fell badly as a child.” I also seem to recall falling as a child. I guess that means I have a chicostick jammed up my brain. I have been getting headaches lately too.

The only thing I could think of with this story is the episode of the Simpsons where Homer finds out he has had a crayon jammed up his head since forever. Looks like the Simpsons aren’t that far off from reality.

I think a full investigation should be launched to find out how in the world this man seemingly forgot that he had a pencil in his brain. I have a hard time forgetting I have a sliver, mostly because it catches on everything and brings me to my knees with watery eyes. But still, I’m willing to bet that a pencil in my brain would make me cry every night. Heck, I’d have a name for it too. However, this man is sticking to his story that he doesn’t know how it got there. I guess falling 40 feet into a truck hauling pencils is enough to traumatize the memory right out of you. 

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