Hendrik Helmer awoke a few nights ago to find that his ear canal had been invaded by a rather large insect. The Australian man first tried to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner, then to flush it out with water. But nothing worked.

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He was finally in so much pain that he went to the hospital, where doctors poured oil on the insect, a nearly inch-long cockroach, which pushed itself even deeper into Helmer's ear before it finally died. Once the bug had stopped struggling, a doctor pulled it out with forceps. According to Helmer, speaking on the ABC, the doctor told him she'd never seen that large of an insect inside somebody's ear.

Now everybody in Australia is going to start sleeping with earplugs.


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