Friday, February 25, 2011

The Geekiest Way to Lose Your Hearing

(from the article)
Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski is said to be the only person to have ever stuck his head inside a particle accelerator, during an accident in 1978 in which he was trying to check on an equipment malfunction. He absorbed 1000 gray of radiation (5 gray is usually fatal), but he survived, though his face swelled up and his skin peeled off at the back and front of his head where a proton beam entered and exited.

Bugorski did experience some side effects, including paralyzation of the left side of his face and mental fatigue that didn't stop him from completing his PhD. One of the weirdest side effects he experienced was that the left half of his face is frozen in time. The right side of his face has aged normally and looks as you'd expect an old man to look, but the left side of his face still looks young.

However, I hereby award Bugorski with the "geekiest way to lose one's hearing" award, because according to the article:
He lost the hearing in his left ear and experienced a constant unpleasant noise in that ear from then on.
There's nothing pleasant about tinnitus - but at least he has an interesting story to tell!

(via Boing Boing)

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