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THAT'S GOTTA HURT! - Photos showing boy with fork through nose no hoax: In the emergency room, doctors had to remove the fork after three of the tines had pierced the boy?s nose during a fall. Two days later at home, the puncture wounds had already begun to heal. (Courtesy Photo)
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THAT'S GOTTA HURT! - Photos showing boy with fork through nose no hoax

Posted 11/1/2010   Updated 2/11/2011 Email story   Print story


from a compilation by Torch Staff

11/1/2010 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- When photographs showing a pre-school age boy with the tines of a fork piercing his nose began circulating around the internet and through e-mail in July 2007, many wondered if the pictures were real or doctored.

The caption read, "Mom said don't run with scissors, but didn't mention a fork." With many people asking the question of whether this was real or fake, Snopes (, the on-line seekers of truth, started "investigating."

Snopes managed to get in touch with the boy's mother who confirmed that this was no hoax. Here's what she had to say in her response to the Snopes query:

"It's real. Happened July 11 at a Chinese buffet restaurant in Minneapolis. He was climbing into the booth and fell while holding his fork in his hand. When the waiter picked him up from under the table, the fork was through his nose. There was only a little blood because the fork tines missed all the cartilage in the nose.

"The one picture is from the emergency room, and the other is two days later at home. The ER doctor and the ENT (ear, nose and throat) doc we saw the following day said they had never seen this before and that we were pretty lucky that the fork went up and out through the nose. We saved the fork and these pictures for him to see when he gets older. We e-mailed the pics to our family, co-workers and friends, and now they are all over the internet. Live and learn I guess."

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