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Fact is always stranger than fiction.  Here is are ten freak accidents.

Ten Unusual Accidents

Figures published by the Department of Health reveal a huge range of unusual accidents, which put people in hospital in England in 2004.  Here is just a small sample.  Odd accidents affect one million people. Strange but true spider story 1) Two people were admitted after being in contact with venomous spiders.  Both stayed in hospital for five days.  Coincidence or the nature of spider venom? 2) Twenty two people suffered from exposure to ignition or melting of nightwear, most of them men. Does this mean that contrary to the male psyche, women do not wear nightwear? 3) 1,481 people, most of them children, were injured by hot drinks.  Most of the poor children required an overnight stay in hospital. 4) Two people needed five days of treatment after contact with centipedes or venomous millipedes. What goes ninety nine bonk, ninety nine bonk?  Answer a centipede with a wooden leg. 5) 15 people were admitted after contact with a marine animal.  On average they needed an average of two days in hospital. 6) Four people had an average of two days' treatment after exposure to vibrations. 7) 1,839 people - fell out of trees.  No surprises that 80% of the injuries were to children. 8) 4,533 people fell when using ice-skates, skis, roller-skates or skateboards. 57% of them were under 15.Strange but true crocodile story 9) One boy needed an overnight stay after being ' bitten or struck' by an alligator. (By comparison, 3,508 people were bitten or struck by dogs.) 10) One child was admitted to hospital after ' prolonged stay in a weightless environment' . He or she did not stay overnight. There are no further details about who this person was or how they had come to need treatment.

Bonus Strange but True Story - Woman, 86, Arrested in Pizza Row

An 86-year-old woman has been arrested for calling emergency services because she couldn't get a pizza delivered.  Dorothy Densmore, of Charlotte, North Carolina, spent two nights behind bars after dialling ' 911' 20 times in 38 minutes.  Angry she could not get the meal delivered to her home, she demanded police arrest the pizza proprietors, reports the BBC. She told police that she had been called a ' crazy old coot' by someone at the pizza shop. Mrs Densmore, who is 5ft tall and weighs seven stone, has also been charged with resisting arrest. A police spokeswoman said the octogenarian scratched, kicked and bit the hand of the officer.  She has now been released from jail, pending a court appearance in July, after a judge ordered a medical evaluation. Well as our in depth reporter said, 'That takes the biscuit' .