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Jeremy Clarkson sliced off part of his thumb in a gruesome kitchen accident.
The 61-year-old presenter revealed in his latest column in The Sunday Times newspaper, that he was making chilli-flavoured crisps, with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 48, for his Diddly Squat Farm when the accident occurred.
He went into the gruesome details of what exactly happened when he decided to use a mandolin slicer to cut up the potatoes, but he got a lot more than he bargained for when he ended up slicing off part of his thumb alongside the spuds.
Clarkson wrote: “You slide the potato along it and the razor-sharp blade takes a slice off the bottom. Then you slide it again and it takes another. And you keep doing this, with much vigour, until eventually your thumb is in the firing line and it take a slice off that. A big slice. A crisp-sized slice.
"Lisa noticed that under the mandolin, among the slices of potato, there was a piece of meat.
"It was like a miniature pork chop, about 2cm long, 1cm wide and 3mm thick. And, yes, it was half my thumb."
After Lisa gasped and dropped the thumb on the floor she immediately came to her senses and picked it up, trying to reattach it to gaping hole. But Jeremy who was already in pain ended up in further agony as Lisa has been handing Carolina reaper chillies and didn’t wash her hands.
He added: “Now, you may know that a chilli that scores a record 2.2 million on the Scoville scale can cause a fair bit of irritation when taken orally, but this is nothing compared with what it does when it’s applied to an open wound, along with a dash of salt for extra agony. You may have heard the scream from where you were. Even if you were in Stuttgart.”
Jeremy quickly called a local doctor to asses the situation.
Jeremy said: "The doc explained that I could lose the use of it, and since the opposable thumb is all that separates us from goats, I decided I'd better do as I was told."
The former ‘Top Gear’ presenter made light of the situation joking that his “pork chop” thumb was full of more ingredients than pizza and that he would be unable to open any of his presents or operate a corkscrew on Christmas Day (25.12.21) and he is having a lot of trouble going to the toilet.
Going into detail about the problems his thumb injury is causing him, he said: "I can't do up button-flied trousers. I can't open a door. I can't sign my name and I can't even wipe my bottom."