Here's another news story with a headline that can't help but catch the eye. "Man nearly killed as eel swims in bottom". Yup, right about now you are probably thinking the same thing I did... WTF? Surely there's a word missing or a typo in that headline right?

Well here's the story...

A Chinese fishmonger almost died after an eel swam into his bottom.

Li Chang was sitting on the edge of a tank at a warehouse in Guangzhou in southern China when he fell back into a container of live eels, The Sun newspaper reports.

A picture of a random eelThe 43-year-old said he was horrified when he felt one swim up his trousers and into his anus.

He said he was too embarrassed to tell anyone what had happened and continued working.

But colleagues called emergency services after he collapsed.

Doctors performed a five hour surgery to remove the creature and repair the severe internal injuries caused by it moving around.

"The eel had badly injured the patient," a hospital spokesman was quoted as saying.

"If he had not arrived when he did he would have died.

Source: Nine MSN News, 4 August 2010.

After reading that I had a few questions. Exactly how relaxed was the guy when he fell into the container? Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure that if I were to fall into a tank of live eels a majority of my muscles would be quite tense, to say the least. Exactly what sort of 'trousers' was this guy wearing? Was he going commando under there? The eel caused some internal injuries by "moving around", so was it still alive when it was removed?

And, as a tribute to the eel guy, here's a somewhat appropriate number by the Mighty Boosh - The eel song.