The most heinous medical mistakes revealed

December 3, 2013
Don't worry. Your dentist doesn't use Reddit. We hope. (Thinkstock)
Don’t worry. Your dentist doesn’t use Reddit. We hope. (Thinkstock)

Today, Blog Log is brought to you by the most horrifying Reddit thread in the history of ever. To give you a proper idea of just how horrifying the discussion on the site is, we’ve chosen the most mild example to post here. Seriously.

“I was performing a simple extraction and preparing for the case when I didn’t realize that I had the xray flipped the wrong way the whole time. I was viewing the film backwards, and pulled out the wrong tooth.” — redditor YoureOnlyLameOnce at reddit.com adds to a discussion about health professionals making mistakes. To be sure, the above was one of the less frightening tales, partly because this story has a happy ending: After the dentist accidentally pulled the tooth, he noticed it needed extraction after all.

“$100. In the mail. To my work.” — Lexa Lemieux at lemmonex.com describes a mysterious piece of mail she received Monday. The envelope included a crisp C-note — which Lemieux hopes was not laced with anthrax — and a typed note from the “CONCO Corp Foundation” instructing her to spend the money on something frivolous for herself to make her day “a little less ordinary.”

“Whether you were sick of the Dianes in this world, or the Elans, or both, there was something to react to.” — James Poniewozik at entertainment.time.com theorizes how a recent series of tweets over an incident on an airplane last week went viral — despite the incident never happening. “Bachelor” producer Elan Gale chronicled his pretend fight with a fake airline passenger named “Diane,” who Gale claimed was being rude to a flight attendant. Gale’s tweets, which included what many deemed as sexist notes to Diane, sparked divisive and widespread discussion about the state of humanity.

“This is the perfect beverage for frat-house-style dares, the real reason why Mother Nature invented flavored vodkas.” — Hugh Merwin at grubstreet.com suggests a use for sriracha-flavored vodka. Made by Phillips Distilling, it “is the first vodka to satisfy fiery flavor fans,” the company said in a news release. Godspeed.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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