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This Guy Had A Moth Pulled Out Of His Ear And It Is All Kinds Of Horrific

Warning: There is a lot of swearing in this video. Oh, and a moth being pulled out of a man's ear.

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Ever felt like you've got something stuck in your ear and you don't know what it is? Well, let's hope it never turns out like this...

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On 28 September, web developer Jacob Stanfield uploaded a video of a man appearing to have a bug pulled out of his ear on to YouTube.

Stanfield told BuzzFeed News the man in the video was called Michael Gorman, and that the incident had occurred during a birthday party in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, two days before.

Jacob Stanfield / Via

Stanfield's friend Kaleigh was celebrating her 25th birthday in a mutual friend's barn, he said.

Stanfield, who works in a graphics and web development, said they had only been drinking for 15/20 minutes when Gorman started complaining about a moth in his ear.

He revealed:

Katie [one of the partygoers] hopped on Google and started giving instructions. [The] first was to lay down on his side, which is when I grabbed my phone and started recording.

She then requested, per Google, some sort of oil and a syringe. At that point, someone [had] already grabbed tweezers and we started to do work.



Jacob Stanfield / Via

Stanfield said the night of the birthday party was the first time he'd met Gorman, and that he hadn't seen him since.

"As far as I know, he’s alive," he said. "No news of any other terrorist insects attacking him.

"Haven’t seen him since but he did request the link to the video a week later via text. Never heard back from him. I did see him comment on a Facebook post: 'Bad Ass!' So I think he’s good."

The video is closing in on half a million views as it spreads across the internet.

Stanfield said he was excited to see where the clip goes from here, and is hoping it might end up on the Tosh.0 television series, which takes a look at the weird and wonderful things on the internet.

On the fate of the moth, he added: "As you can see in the video I tried to give it to Mikey. He wanted no part of it. I eventually tossed it out in the yard. I'm a lover not a fighter, unless it's a cricket or cockroach… Those gotta go!"

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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