Slightly related to the mailbag article:
In the September Scientific American, there’s a short article on how some people have been bitten by venomous snakes that they thought they’d killed.
I quote one small part of the article:
It’s not quite as impressive as the myth that a decapitated snake will live until sundown, but it is an interesting factoid at least.
Of course I don’t fit in; I’m part of a better puzzle.