Okay, this has nothing to do with the subject matter of this blog, but was too weird to resist.
UPDATE: In my haste this morning I apparently did not post the remainder of this story. Here it is from today's NYTs:
LITTLETON, Colo., Jan. 16 (AP) - A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail he had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.
A nail gun backfired on Mr. Lawler, 23, on Jan. 6 while he was working in Breckenridge, Colo. The tool sent one nail into a piece of wood nearby, but Mr. Lawler did not realize a second nail had shot through his mouth, said his sister, Lisa Metcalse.
After the accident, Mr. Lawler had what he thought was a minor toothache and blurry vision. On Wednesday, after painkillers and ice did not ease the pain, he went to the dentist.
He was taken to a suburban Denver hospital, where he underwent a four-hour surgery. The nail had plunged an inch and a half into his brain, barely missing his right eye, Ms. Metcalse said.
Mr. Lawler was recovering on Sunday in the hospital, where he was expected to spend several more days.
His wife, Katerina Lawler, said he was in good spirits.
"The doctors said, 'If you're going to have a nail in the brain, that's the way you want it to be,' " she said. "He's the luckiest guy, ever."