Watch out at Lowe’s! Or at least watch out when you’re in the kitchen-cabinet aisle. That’s my takeaway from a recent story in the Clarion-Ledger.
Seems there was this guy in a Corinth, Missippi, Lowe’s on a Saturday afternoon. Unless he was accompanied by his wife, I doubt kitchen cabinets were his first stop. He probably checked out a few power tools, maybe the new lawnmowers. But eventually, around 2:30 p.m., he gets to the Kitchen aisle where he sees a set of cabinets, opens the door to one—and a snake jumps out. A good-size one. It strikes, and hits him right between the eyes.
And then it’s stuck to the guy’s head!
I wouldn’t have thought that was physically possible. Rat snakes don’t have fangs. They’re constrictors. Even with its mouth open all the way, how does the thing get a purchase on a guy’s forehead? Even if you’re grossly overweight, you’re not carrying much meat up there. Wikipedia says there are 12 subspecies of rat snakes in North America. And that all are “harmless to humans.” Tell that to a guy with one stuck between his eyes.
This probably sounds like something I’d make up. Nope. From the Clarion-Ledger: “According to Corinth Police Department Deputy Chief Chuck Hinds, the snake was stuck to the man’s head.”