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Woman Leaves Dentist Office With Foreign Accent

Photo: Heinz Hirndorf (CC)

Photo: Heinz Hirndorf (CC)

When we leave the dentist after oral surgery it’s common to talk a little funny while the novocaine wears off, but Karen Butler left with a foreign accent. While this isn’t the first incident of its kind, it’s still a mystery as to why individuals develop accents or lose  is From Jane Greenhalgh via NPR:

When Karen Butler went in for dental surgery, she left with more than numb gums: She also picked up a pronounced foreign accent. It wasn’t a fluke, or a joke — she’d developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that’s usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.

Butler was born in Bloomington, Ill., and moved to Oregon when she was a baby. She’s never traveled to Europe or lived in a foreign country — she’s an American, she says, “born and bred.”

But she doesn’t sound like one anymore.

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Firefighters Rescue Camel From Sinkhole In Oregon

Photo from Clackamas Fire District

Photo from Clackamas Fire District

It’s not everyday you see a camel stuck in a sinkhole. Then again, it’s not everyday you see a domestic camel in Oregon. The local Oregon City News reports:

Clackamas County officials had an exotic — and unusual —  assignment involving a camel, a sink hole and Oregon City.

The camel went into the hole and firefighters got it out.
Oh, and the camel’s name is Moses.

It’s the pet of the family in the 15700 block of South Maplelane Road in Oregon City. They called 9-1-1 at about 9:40 Tuesday night, saying one of their camels had fallen into a sink hole about  6-feet deep and might be injured. Members of the Clackamas Fire District #1 and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office arrived to find Moses, who weighs 1,500 pounds, stuck up to his shoulders in a muddy hole.

They had to call in more resources and spent hours digging the creature out of its predicament.

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