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Man Bites Off Tip Of Another Man's Pinky Finger At Health-Care Protest

It's often said California is where the trends start. Here's something that happened in California we hope doesn't spread east: A man bit off the tip of another's pinky finger off at a health-care reform demonstration, necessitating emergency room care for the man whose digit was partially pruned.

As the Associated Press reports:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One man bit off part of another man's finger when a health care reform demonstration turned violent.

William Rice said doctors did not reattach the bitten-off part of his left pinky after he got in the middle of a Southern California rally Wednesday night that he said was "very scary."

"I didn't go out to demonstrate my beliefs, I happened to be driving by and I stopped to ask people what their purpose was," Rice, 65, said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I had no signs, I was not part of the demonstration."

In a relevant touch, considering the reason behind the demonstration, the AP goes on to report:

Rice was treated at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. The top joint of his pinky, including his whole fingernail, was severed, hospital spokeswoman Kris Carraway-Bowman said.

She said his treatment was covered by Medicare.