Talk about being full of hot air.
In an astonishingly unlikely sequence of events, a New Zealand man became a sort of human balloon when he fell onto an air compressor last week.
Steven McCormack, a truck driver, slipped, fell, and broke the compressed air hose off an air reservoir for the truck's brakes, according to the Associated Press. The hose pierced his butt, pumped air into his body at a rate of 100 pounds per square inch, and inflated his body from the inside out.
McCormack called for help, and his coworkers stopped the air compressor; he went to the hospital for severe swelling and fluid in one lung.
McCormack isn't the only person to endure a freak accident lately.
A year and a half ago, Oregon resident Karen Butler went into oral surgery with an American accent; she woke up and mysteriously spoke like an Irish woman.
The culprit: A bizarre and extraordinarily rare disease known as "Foreign Accent Syndrome," according to the Today Show.
A stroke or other brain trauma provokes the syndrome, which afflicts less than 100 people worldwide each year.
Doctors know very little about the disorder because it's so rare, though some report that the mysterious accents fade over time.
In 2009, a Yorkshire man suffered a similar fate after undergoing brain surgery, according to The Telegraph.
Chris Gregory, a 30-year-old who was undergoing surgery to correct a blood vessel rupture in his brain, woke up speaking in an Irish brogue.
He regaled the nurses and his family with a rendition of "Danny Boy" and nailed a perfect Irish lilt.
The luck of the Irish must have been with Gregory: The affliction only lasted for a half hour, and he has no memory of the syndrome.
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