By Jack Crossley

First released in paperback in 2008.

A hilarious compendium of all that's extraordinary approximately lifestyles within the British Isles – the eccentric, strange forms and outright oddity stated over the past 12 months through the nation's newspapers, together with: dad or mum headline, 'Man with fake leg hit with rest room lid.'; The Astrological journal, 'announces that it really is to stop as a result of unexpected circumstances.'

Jack Crossley spent a few forty years in Fleet highway and has compiled this laugh-out-loud selection of anecdotes and weird goings-on which sound so outlandish you definitely couldn't lead them to up.

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One patient, while eating a shrimp and rigatoni dinner at his favorite restaurant, suddenly felt severe pain in his throat, followed later by chest pain. After he completed his meal—yes, after—the patient went to the ER, where the physician discovered glass in the patient’s bowels and a perforation of the patient’s esophagus. These injuries ultimately healed. The patient asked the restaurant to reimburse him his $200 co-pay for the hospitalization, to which the restaurant agreed. We were surprised by this, considering that when we see physician procedures cause perforations, patients typically ask for far more than their co-pay.

When we tell kids not to play with electricity, though, this patient’s case isn’t what we mean. The question is, if the cord were hooked up, would this truly be dangerous? When electricity flows in the body, heat is released; and if strong enough, this heat can damage whatever it’s passing through. To get electricity to travel through the body is actually very difficult. Electricity tends to flow where there is least resistance. In fact, the fundamental electricity equation, Ohm’s Law, describes electricity by Voltage (V) = Current (I) × (multiplied by) Resistance (R).

This method is most common in young women who are trying to get drunk without having the smell of alcohol on their breath revealed to parents or law enforcement officials. Clever girls, since vaginas don’t need to produce legal identification, although we hear rumors that impending legislation in Arizona may change that.

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