This Man Survived A Mind-Boggling Brain Injury, And The Case Still Baffles Experts 172 Years On

On a fall afternoon in 1848, a gang’s working on a railroad in rural Vermont. Its leader, a young man, is using a piece of metal to hammer powder into a small pit. Suddenly, though, there’s a huge explosion. The metal – a near 4-foot length of iron – flies through the air and through the man’s head.