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(Waterloo Record)   Five-year-old falls nine stories and survives, leaves crater (with pic)   (therecord.com ) divider line
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2007-03-29 10:23:13 AM  
somebody submit that for a photoshop
 
2007-03-29 10:24:28 AM  
img373.imageshack.us
For some reason, I find this picture very amusing. I'm glad he survived.
 
2007-03-29 10:26:41 AM  
costermonger: For some reason, I find this picture very amusing.

You are not alone.
 
2007-03-29 10:27:46 AM  
I bet he watches Warner Bros. cartoons - a lot.
 
2007-03-29 10:30:50 AM  
Trace of a miracle

Attention "journalists" everywhere: stop using this word.
 
2007-03-29 10:35:33 AM  
Wile e. Coyote not impressed.

.
 
2007-03-29 10:35:43 AM  
Action Replay Nick: Attention "journalists" everywhere: stop using this word.

Unless you're writing an article about mayonnaise substitutes.
 
2007-03-29 10:37:45 AM  
I just find it hard to believe he left a mark like that, with the arms too.
 
2007-03-29 10:41:31 AM  
DistendedPendulusFrenulum

Wile e. Coyote not impressed.

Maybe not but the ground sure was.

smartpei.typepad.com
 
2007-03-29 10:42:09 AM  
"Once you get above four floors, particularly on a hard surface such as concrete, the chances of survival are pretty slim," Smith said yesterday.

Thanks Einstein.

Smith said it is also possible the boy landed on his feet in the wet ground, and that might have eased the impact as well.

Did you look at the crater Mr. Smith? It looks like a belly flop to me, not two shoe prints. A definite Einstein.

www.the-reel-mccoy.com

Very interested in this story.
 
2007-03-29 10:42:23 AM  
costermonger: For some reason, I find this picture very amusing. I'm glad he survived.

Me too, to both statements.
 
2007-03-29 10:43:25 AM  
AlabamaGirl: I just find it hard to believe he left a mark like that, with the arms too.

If he landed on his back, I can see that impression being formed by his upper arms if his forearms were angled upward. Only real way to concentrate the arms' impacts.
 
2007-03-29 10:44:14 AM  
I_C_Weener: Did you look at the crater Mr. Smith? It looks like a belly flop to me, not two shoe prints.

Considering he ended up with both legs broken, I wouldn't exactly rule out the idea that he might've landed feet first.
 
2007-03-29 10:51:46 AM  
costermonger: Considering he ended up with both legs broken, I wouldn't exactly rule out the idea that he might've landed feet first.

Then why the crater shaped like his body? Why no deeper impression (or any) for the legs? His legs snapped because the ground they fell on didn't give like the rest of the ground.

Also, do babies fall headfirst because the head falls faster than the legs? The article seems to imply that gravity works different for small children than adults. Hmmm....Don't get your science from Waterloo.
 
2007-03-29 10:54:16 AM  
It looks like the "leg indentation" is deeper than the rest of the outline. As if he fell backwards, with his legs partly bent back. The legs would have hit first, breaking them and also slightly breaking the fall, but without the full weight of his body crushing them. Then the rest of his body hit the ground afterwards, the force of the impact distributed throughout.
 
2007-03-29 10:57:08 AM  
Impressive. take a plaster casting of the crater so he has a souvenir.
 
2007-03-29 10:59:37 AM  
I_C_Weener: Then why the crater shaped like his body? Why no deeper impression (or any) for the legs? His legs snapped because the ground they fell on didn't give like the rest of the ground.

I'm completely speculating, but I'm using the same reasoning as szmike did. The indentations for his legs do look deeper to me, and just because they hit first I don't think it would slow him down enough for his body not to leave a crater.
 
2007-03-29 11:15:52 AM  
Announcing/bouncing joy/boy survival/arrival gravity/cavity pound/ground dada/ta da

These are the words, flawless rhymes all, somersaulting round my head that I cannot seem assemble into a coherent structure.

I blame that bint Thalia.
 
2007-03-29 11:16:30 AM  
If you look carefully at the indentation, you can see that the child must've falled back, and then to the left.

Back, and to the left.

Back, to the left.

Back, to the left.
 
2007-03-29 11:16:55 AM  
Nine stories?

folk.ntnu.no

/impressed
 
2007-03-29 11:20:06 AM  
TA DAAAA!
 
2007-03-29 11:47:12 AM  
Someone should have taught him a proper PLF.
 
2007-03-29 12:17:20 PM  
You mean to tell me Asians don't bounce?
 
2007-03-29 12:19:03 PM  
ZekeMacNeil

They only bounce on concrete, duh.
 
2007-03-29 12:20:30 PM  
He's Michael Myers!
 
2007-03-29 12:21:47 PM  
knowing the kid lived...i laughed at that pic as well.
 
2007-03-29 12:22:04 PM  
North_Central_Positronics

AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2007-03-29 12:23:12 PM  
quick, save this kid!

wait, it's a boy.. nevermind

/well, he could end up as a cheerleader
 
2007-03-29 12:23:23 PM  
Superman's early attempts at flight were less than completely successful.
 
2007-03-29 12:23:45 PM  
It's a grass angel!
 
2007-03-29 12:24:22 PM  
My hometown!
Lucky he didn't break his back

/No wheelchair?
//Don't tell me what I can't do!
 
2007-03-29 12:24:44 PM  
That's unreal. How much you want to bet Hollywood offers this kid a stunt contract?
 
2007-03-29 12:24:51 PM  
http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Long-Fall

/no html skills
 
2007-03-29 12:25:01 PM  
www.trumanbrothers.net
 
2007-03-29 12:25:13 PM  
Bumbles bounce.
 
2007-03-29 12:25:27 PM  
Chaim Witz: It's a grass angel!

Bravo

/golf claps
 
2007-03-29 12:25:42 PM  
Spare Change, anyone?
je famme! je famme!
 
2007-03-29 12:25:42 PM  
It is reported that the boy fell through a hole that he had been painting on the wall.
 
2007-03-29 12:26:07 PM  
What the hell does it take to kill a kid these days? Sometimes I think I should just give up trying.
 
2007-03-29 12:26:18 PM  
farkin' amazing
 
2007-03-29 12:26:30 PM  
I_C_Weener Heavy objects (or heavy portions of objects) don't fall faster than light ones (cf Giambattista Benedetti, 1553)
 
2007-03-29 12:26:49 PM  
TemperedEdge

Dude, that's just sick. I can't believe you'd say that about a kid... Oh. Stunt. Sorry.
 
2007-03-29 12:27:09 PM  
Thought this was a tie-in with Clapton moving to the neighborhood. But it wasn't.
 
2007-03-29 12:28:11 PM  
Yeah, I thought of Wile E. Coyote, too, immediately upon seeing that divot.

www.toonopedia.com
 
2007-03-29 12:28:11 PM  
costermonger
... I find this picture very amusing.
I agree, as soon as a saw the picture, I laughed. It looks like a cartoon indentation. I'd immediately put a white chalk line around it.
 
2007-03-29 12:29:06 PM  
revoltingdevelopment made me laugh!
 
2007-03-29 12:29:11 PM  
I hope the kid ends up being ok, but oh man...that's just funny to look at.
 
2007-03-29 12:29:21 PM  
God looks out for children, fools and drunks.
 
2007-03-29 12:30:22 PM  
Small children tend to do better than adults surviving falls because their young bones are more flexible, Smith said.

They tend to weigh less as well!
 
2007-03-29 12:30:56 PM  
tbell83: God looks out for children, fools and drunks.

Well, foolish drunk kids have nothing to worry about then...

...unless they're atheists ;)
 
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