I recently read (The Week, March 22, 2013) about a Polish man who impaled his head on a screwdriver but wasn’t aware of it until he saw himself in the rearview mirror of his car. “I don’t remember what happened that day,” said the 25-year-old, who understandably didn’t want his name made public. He said that he was working in his garden when he slipped and fell, at which time the impaling apparently occurred. It was only sometime later, as he began to feel pain, that he noticed the screwdriver in his forehead!
The tool penetrated two inches deep into his skull, but somehow missed his brain. I think I know why, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the man is Polish. My sense is that anyone who could remain oblivious to having impaled himself with a screwdriver, yet missed his brain, in all likelihood lacks one!