Girl’s facial swelling caused by a leech
A six-year-old girl brought to a Vietnam hospital with swelling in her nose turned out to have a leech living inside her face. A video filmed at Bat Xat General Hospital in Lao Cai province shows a doctor using tweezers to pull a still-squirming leech out of the girl’s nasal cavity. The doctor said the leech was likely smaller when it found its way into the girl’s nose and grew over the course of more than a month. The girl is not expected to suffer any long-term medical issues from the incident.
Kite surfer’s crash with shark caught on video
A professional kite surfer collided with a shark off the Dominican Republic coast and the moment was caught on camera. A GoPro camera captured a video of the Australian surfer Alex Soto’s unexpected shark encounter while he was in Cabarete training for the 2019 Pan American Games.
Soto said his board was headed toward the water and he saw the shark moments before the crash, but it was too late for him to avoid the predator.
The video shows Soto losing his board, but holding onto his kite as he falls into the water. “I went back to the school where I work, and I told the guys but they didn’t believe me, but I had my GoPro and I showed them the video,” Soto said.
He said he does not blame the shark, which survived the encounter. “We are invading their habitat, do not be surprised if you see any [sharks],” he said.
Same Christmas card for 50 years
A pair of Wisconsin women said this holiday season marked the 50th year of them exchanging the same Christmas cards. Jackie Gempler and Evelyn Weier said they sent each other Christmas cards 50 years ago, when they were in their 20s, and they have been resending the same cards every year since. “I just wonder how many more years we can keep it up,” Gempler said. “They’re getting kind of beat up. They look like they’re 50 years old.” The women said the cards are a testament to their lifelong friendship and the closeness they enjoyed as young women. “We were doing everything together,” Weier said.
A different pair of Wisconsin women, Bonnie Jean Klamar and Bonnie Marie Magistrelli, revealed in 2011 that they had been exchanging the same birthday card for 50 years.
Magistrelli said she originally sent the card to Klamar for her 18th birthday. The card included a poem encouraging the recipient to erase their name and return it to the sender for their next birthday, but the friends didn’t need to erase the same. “We didn’t erase the sender’s name. We just kept adding to it,” Klamar said.
a Kangaroo and goat visit australian stores
Police in Australia said a kangaroo and a goat made back-to-back visits to the same block of stores in a Victoria city. Victoria Police said a security camera outside the block of stores in Footscray captured a wayward kangaroo window-shopping on Christmas morning. “Santa wasn’t the only visitor to Footscray early this morning — it appears this sneaky marsupial decided to a do a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping,” police wrote. The kangaroo’s appearance was followed up by a Boxing Day visit from a wandering goat. Police said a goat was captured in the same area of the city and investigators are trying to find the animal’s owner.
Snowman causes sometrouble in Sacramento
A snowman drew a crowd of surprised onlookers after it was assembled in an unusual location: In front of a Sacramento Calif coffee shop. The temperature in Sacramento was well above freezing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, making the snowman’s presence outside Old Soul Coffee more baffling in a city that doesn’t receive snowfall. A coffee shop employee who identified herself as Carissa said she had someone bring the snow down from South Lake Tahoe to give Sacramento a seasonal treat. “Just wanted to give Sacramento something they’ve never seen — some snow. Give you guys some snow, a snowman and have a little miracle on Christmas,” Carissa said.
hundreds of surfing Santas in Florida
Nearly 600 people dressed in Santa suits and other festive apparel took to the waves in Florida for an annual Christmas surfing event, organisers said. The Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach event, which took place on Christmas Eve, featured nearly 600 people in Santa Claus suits and other Christmas-related costumes riding the Atlantic Ocean waves on long boards, short boards, boogie boards and paddle boards. George Trosset, who founded the Surfing Santas event a decade ago, estimated there were about 10,000 spectators enjoying the spectacle and Christmas music. The event raised money for the Florida Surf Museum and Grind for
Life, a cancer support organisation. Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik was among those in attendance.“It’s an awesome way to start the Christmas holiday,” Malik said.