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Placed Tooth in His Ear

8-year-old Pedro Lozado was sitting in a Chicago classroom on September 18, 1957, when he decided to yank a loose tooth out. He then showed his tooth to his classmates before – get this – inserting the tooth into his ear.

And that’s where the real problem began: The tooth was now stuck in Pedro’s ear.

Pedro brought his unusual predicament to the attention of his teacher, Ms. Mary Ford. At first, she didn’t believe him, but upon close inspection observed that he was indeed telling the truth.

The school nurse was unavailable, so the principal called the police and requested that they take Pedro to the hospital. The police informed the administrator that they needed parental consent to do so. Since they didn’t their permission, the police opted to drive Pedro to his parents’ home.

For whatever reason, his parents turned down the request for medical treatment and opted to extract the tooth themselves. Pedro’s mom stuck her finger in his ear and eventually, the tooth fell out.

Pedro placed the tooth under his pillow that evening. My guess is that the tooth fairy made a very special visit to the Lozado household that evening.

Tooth Stuck in Ear
1844 image from page 220 of “The anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human teeth : with the most approved methods of treatment : including operations, and the method of making and setting artificial teeth, with thirty plates”
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