PORTLAND, Ore. - Snake collector Matt Wilkinson of Portland grabbed a 20-inch rattler from the highway near Maupin, and three weeks later, to impress his ex-girlfriend, he stuck the serpent in his mouth.
He was soon near death, with a swollen tongue that blocked his throat. Trauma doctors at the Oregon Health and Science University saved his life by cutting a hole in his throat.
"You can assume alcohol was involved," a doctor said.
I think I went to high school with that guy. He was the one standing in the back of a moving pick-up yelling "KEGGER!!!!"