Tapeworms on the brain

God Bless America


A London chain of drinking establishments opened a new pub, known as the Vagabond, in a building that used to be a bank. The owners apparently decided that the ATM out front gave the saloon a unique look and so they kept it where it stood, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. But, instead of dispensing cash, they rigged it so that it would dispense, Proseco, a sparkling Italian white wine, thus converting the ATM into what may be the very first Automated Proseco Machine or APM.

No parking, no kidding

There’s a reason there are “no parking” signs in front of a fire hydrant. It’s self-evident to most drivers, but one driver in Camden, NJ had to learn it the hard way, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. No, he or she did not just get a ticket. Instead, firefighters responding to a call simply broke both the passenger’s side and driver’s side windows and ran their hose through the car in order to deal with a nearby blaze.  

As the worm turns

Tapeworms usually attach themselves to the body’s intestines and cause abdominal pain but one of these critters somehow made its way into the brain of a man in Austin, TX and he suffered from recurrent headaches. Surgeons at Ascension Seton Medical Center operated and removed the worm and the man is now on the mend, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Doctors there believe that the patient may have ingested the tapeworm ten years ago in Mexico. The condition, which is known as Neurocysticercosis, is not so common in the U.S. but it is a “frequent” diagnosis in developing countries, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.