What results in “an agitated emotional state”?

The worst thing I’ve ever swallowed, apart from the ‘food’ offered up on numerous school tours and one particular pot of soup I made earlier this year, is probably soap or chewing gum. I did, however, have a moth fly into my ear when I was a teenager. My father tried to kill the flapping beast first by pouring alcohol (swimmers’ eardrops) down my ear, then minoxidil solution (a drug that increases hair growth that’s meant to be rubbed on the head, not poured down the ear – fortunately, I did not sprout hair in my Eustachian tube) and finally with a blast of powerful water from a shower head. The moth remained, albeit dead, and finally had to be removed from my eardrum by an ENT specialist.


Back to swallowing strange things…check this out:


Surgeons in Shanghai have operated on a 50-year-old Chinese man to remove a chopstick that he swallowed 28 years ago, state media reported Wednesday.

The man, identified by his surname Zhang, had gone decades without having the chopstick removed because it had not caused him any trouble, the official China Daily reported.

Zhang thought he had completely digested the chopstick until he started having stomach problems and sought medical attention after he passed out, the Oriental Morning Post newspaper reported.

It was then that doctors spotted the remains of the chopstick inside Zhang, the Post said, citing Zhang Dongwei, one of the surgeons at Tongji Hospital.

The surgeons slowly extracted it through a small incision in his stomach, the report said.

Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday. The reports did not say when the operation took place, nor whether the chopstick was made of wood or plastic.

Neither report had an explanation for why the man swallowed the chopstick, saying only that he was in "an agitated emotional state" at the time


6 Responses to What results in “an agitated emotional state”?

  1. Tamara says:

    Eep! That’s quite freaky. The moth and the chopstick. *shudder*

  2. dbawiw says:

    It was one of the more unusual experiences of my life, Tamara, it’s true.

  3. Charmskool says:

    Eww moth inside your head – horrible, my ears are cringing in sympathy. How on earth does one swallow a chopstick – even in an agitated emotional state that’s quite a feat. Usually when I’m in an “agitated emotional state” I tend to eat soft stuff like icecream, chocolate, cheese cake – not the forks, spoons or knives. Most odd!

  4. Black Dog Barking says:

    Oh come on. Haven’t you ever thought to yourself, “I’m so agitated I’m gonna just swallow this whole damn chopstick, see if I don’t?” I know I have.

    What? What?!


  5. dbawiw says:

    Charm, do you think eating a restaurant’s cutlery counts as theft?
    Re the moth inside my head, once it had died inside my ear owing to the variety of liquids my dad poured on top of it, it was really quite innocuous… a pet, if you will.
    mmmm, cheese cake……

    Y’know Cuz, I *have* had that thought. The only thing that’s deterred me is a fear of splinters in the oesophagus – not the lengthy, not the fear of being pierced in non-pierce-able places… just the splinters.
    Man, I feel agitated… where’s did I put that letter opener?

  6. Charmskool says:

    W..e…e..e..l..l maybe just the once. But I was reeelly agitated. There was this spoon..but I gagged and decided to eat the ice cream instead.

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