The Famous Skull of Phineas Gage

In 1848 a certain Phineas Gage had a very large metal bar smash it’s way through his head and lived the tell the tale. Gage was a foreman working away blasting rock preparing a  roadbed for a railroad when in a freak accident the tamping iron that he was using to compact the charge, hit a rock causing a spark. Boom. The 3 foot iron rod rocketed up through the side of his face and out the top of his skull.

He lived, supposedly losing a third of his brain in the process with heaps of frontal lobe damage and pretty bad mood swings. No wonder!

Originally found on Best Gore (NSFW) and another interesting article on Wiki

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