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Every day I wake up with ten fingers and ten toes. There were times in my life when I was not sure I’d have all those digits.

There was the one time I slammed my hand in a car door and I thought I’d lost a couple of fingers and then there was the time my buddy in college was trying to figure out how to work a chainsaw on St. Patrick’s Day, but those do not compare to the time I got my finger stuck in a plastic lid and was certain I would be down to nine fingers forever.

The details are still crystal clear to me. I was sitting in the front seat of my mom’s minivan driving through Shillington, Pennsylvania, circa 2003, when the top of a ‘wet ones’ container almost took the tip of my index finger.

Mom was driving, Matthew and Joshua were hanging out in the back of the van. We were on our yearly summer trip to Eastern PA.

As we drove through Shillington we were leaving the parking lot of a Walgreens when I stuck my finger in the lid in the same way the wipes go through the lid.

Now, hindsight is 20/20 and I shouldn’t have been just sticking my finger into things, but I was intrigued by it.

We’ve all seen those tops to the disinfecting wipes containers. There’s a roll of wipes inside and the lid is designed to grab one wipe at a time.

These containers are now designed with ‘easy to pull’ tops so that you don’t get stuck in the lid. Now they’ve got breakaway lids and release points but back in the day, it was just one hard piece of plastic.

Luckily, there have been advancements made in the field of disinfecting wipe lids so that no one ever has to go through the hardship that I endured as a young boy.

My finger was stuck and started to turn red. I was able to screw the lid off the container as my finger turned to a shade of purple.

My brothers Matthew and Joshua were trying to tell me what to do from the back of the van and my mom was telling me to just pull it out in one quick motion.

I was trying to slowly get my finger back from this hellish plastic, but it continued digging into my skin.

In the end, I listened to my mom and quickly ripped it out of the lid and can still recall the fear I had thinking I might not be able to throw a frisbee ever again.

And finally, Borussia Mönchengladbach destroyed Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday 3-1 in the German soccer league Bundesliga.

And in the Korean baseball, the NC Dinos are on top of the league with a 10-1 record. So that’s your weekly wrap-up for sports in Germany and South Korea as the United States tries to figure out how to bring back sports.

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