Sean Murphy, an Englishman, just couldn't accept his middle finger as-was. For five years a thumbnail-sized wart near its tip itched and maybe even hurt him. No fancy creams ever made it go away. So one day Murphy drank some beer, grabbed his shotgun, and took bold action:
He stretched out his left hand, pointing the end of the barrel at an angle to the offending wart, and used his other hand to hold the stock steady and pull the trigger.
But he was unable to hold the weapon firmly when it recoiled and pellets took off most of his finger.
At least he achieved his goal.
Sadly, Murphy's innovative home surgery procedure cost him more than his fingertip: The authorities charged him for failing to possess a valid certificate for the gun—which carried a potential 15-year sentence—and "theft of the shotgun by finding," a crime in the UK that makes no sense. He pleaded guilty to both charges. The judge fined him 100 pounds and gave him a 16-week suspended sentence plus some community service hours.
Despite his self-inflicted digital disaster and legal woes, Murphy seems totally happy with where he's at in life. "I know I could have gone to jail for up to 15 years for a firearms offense," he says. "My solicitor did a very good job. The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble."
He's got spunk.