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Only in America: Swallowing the hand that feeds you

Cops charge a man with "unlawful alligator feeding" after one of the beasts eats his hand — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Everglades City, Fla., airboat captain Wallace Weatherholt was giving a tour of the Everglades to a vacationing Indiana family when he decided to hold a fish above the water's surface to lure a 9-foot gator. The snapping reptile jumped out of the water to take the bait — and took Weatherholt's hand with it. And as if the loss of his hand wasn't enough, the 63-year-old Floridian was also slapped with a misdemeanor charge — for unlawful feeding of an alligator.