People do some rather bizarre things. In today’s crazy world, not a lot should come as a big surprise. However, one incident at a hospital in France added a new meaning to “shell-shocked.” One elderly gentleman waltzed into the Hospital Sainte Musse in Toulon.

His emergency request would certainly meet the criteria for bizarre. The 88-year-old patient had an antique explosive lodged in his buttocks. But the French publication Var-Matin reported the man produced a little different reaction than what he might have expected.

It seems that walking into a hospital in France with a World War I explosive device crammed up your anus will alarm personnel. And alarm them, it did. The man triggered a bomb scare at the hospital. The local bomb squad was called in to “diffuse” the situation.

A spokesperson for the hospital stated, “An emergency occurred from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening that required the intervention of bomb disposal personnel.” The statement noted that the incident required the evacuation of adult and pediatric emergencies.

The hospital had to “divert incoming emergencies.” The representative said that the hospital applied the strategy, “When in doubt, we took all the precautions.” Bomb disposal personnel insisted that there was little chance the device could have exploded.

Nevertheless, the hospital stands by its response. The shell was a collector’s item from the First World War. It was eight inches long and two inches in diameter. It had to be removed through the man’s abdomen.

Hospital officials say he is now in “good physical health,” and recovering. However, at some juncture, this fellow needs a referral to evaluate his “mental health.” Sane people do not cram World War I explosive devices up their butt, at least not if they’re emotionally balanced.


Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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