This story, from Reuters, is making the rounds of the world’s media sites today. It’s a classic, end-of-the-news chuckle that manages to hit almost every Polish stereotype in less than 200 words:
A Polish man living in Germany went about his business for five years without noticing he had been shot in the head because he was drunk when it happened.
Police in the western city of Bochum said on Tuesday doctors found a .22 caliber bullet in the back of his head after the 35-year-old went to have what he thought was a cyst removed.
Presented with the 5.6mm projectile, the man recalled he had received a blow to the head around midnight at a New Year’s party “in 2004 or 2005,” but had forgotten about it because he had been “very drunk,” a police spokesman said.
Let’s list them shall we:
1. Not too bright — didn’t realise he’d been shot in the head.
2. Drunk — of course.
3. Economic migrant — lives in Germany
4. Boneheaded — bullet fails to penetrate thick, primitive skull.
This is all highly amusing and expected, but what really astonished me was the final paragraph of the story:
Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious as the bullet might have got lodged in the man’s head when a reveler fired a gun in celebration.
“It may have been a shot fired up in the air which entered his head on the way down,” the spokesman said.
What? German police are under the impression that firing guns wildly into the air is a common feature of Polish New Year’s celebrations? I must have missed that.