In what is being described by Republican sources as a "freak hunting accident," on July 8 former US Vice President Dick Cheney inadvertently fired a .22 rifle at himself while on a duck-shoot in the Chesapeake Bay area, causing severe gunshot injuries to his own testicles. He is recovering in St Balls Hospital, where doctors say he is in good spirits.
"He's such a brave man," gushed Junior Nurse Meddy Oblongata. "Despite being in a great deal of pain, he smiled at me when I walked into his room. I said, 'Good morning Mr Dick Cheney,' to which he replied, 'Just call me Mr Cheney."