The Odd Side – June 19, 2018

Texas Man Bitten by Severed Rattlesnake Head Almost Dies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – A South Texas man almost died after he was bitten by the head of a rattlesnake he’d just decapitated.

The incident happened May 27, as Milo and Jennifer Sutcliffe were doing yard work at their home. Jennifer Sutcliffe told station KIII that her husband found a four-foot rattlesnake, took his shovel and hacked off its head. She said he bent down to pick up the remains to discard and was bitten by the severed head, injecting a super dose of venom with its dying twitch.

Sutcliffe said she called 911 and began driving her husband the 45 miles to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, but she said he began having seizures, losing his vision and bleeding internally. So he was airlifted the rest of the way.

Sutcliffe said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, where a normal patient gets two to four doses. He’s now in stable condition at Spohn.

Man Beats Huge Odds: 2 My Million Lottery Wins in 18 Months

PARIS (AP) – A man who regularly plays the lottery with the same numbers at the same place in eastern France has beaten huge odds, winning the My Million lottery twice in 18 months.

Le Parisien newspaper says mathematicians it queried calculated the double win at 1 chance in 16 trillion.

Radio France Bleu on Thursday quoted state lottery La Francaise des Jeux as saying the winner, who wants to remain anonymous, won 1 million euros ($1.18 million) on May 18, after winning 1 million euros in November 2016.

An employee at the cafe La Havane in Evian-les-Bains told the radio that the winner “hasn’t changed at all.”

My Million is part of EuroMillions.

SUV Navigates Rush Hour in Reverse

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio (AP) – Officials are speculating a motorist who navigated a highway while driving in reverse during morning rush hour may have had transmission problems.

The Ohio Transportation Department on Tuesday released a video showing an SUV going through traffic for little more than a mile backward up a ramp to U.S. 33 in Canal Winchester. The vehicle turned onto another road, crossed an overpass, went through a traffic light and turned into a parking lot.

The SUV did not hit any vehicles.

The town is about 15 miles southeast of Columbus.

California Cow That Vied for Title of Tallest Bovine Dies

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A giant, 1-ton Holstein steer that received international attention when it competed for the title of world’s tallest bovine has died.

Danniel, stood 6 feet and 4 inches but didn’t win the competition in 2016. He died Saturday at age 8, the Eureka Times-Standard reported .

Danniel spent the last few years living at Lost Coast Hay in Eureka, California, where he would eat 100 pounds of hay, 15 pounds of grain and drink 100 gallons of water a day.

Danniel loved to eat bread, and whenever he heard a bread bag shaking, he would trot across the field, owner Ken Farley said.

Farley and his wife are trying to figure out the proper way to bury a giant steer.