That is... very messed up. Not even sure what's all going on there. My suggestion would be to use this as an excuse to buy a short throw shifter, check out this link.
Mine: 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi XWD: 84k, Black, MANUAL
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2010 Focus SES: 73k, Ebony, Auto, Moon and Tune