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(The Sun)   Man survives a 50-foot fall from a hotel balcony because his muscles were so relaxed from a cocktail of booze and drugs that he absorbed the impact   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 74
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2008-06-07 08:21:02 PM  
FTFA Theo Paget, 20, has been dubbed "rubber band man" by doctors after his miracle escape.

I got so sick of that damn song.

i142.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-07 08:23:48 PM  
Not that I didn't like the Spinners, but all of the local stations played the hell out of it.
 
2008-06-07 09:32:22 PM  
50ft plunge man saved by booze

Something tells me he wouldn't have needed to be saved if he hadn't had booze in the first place.



img61.imageshack.us
 
2008-06-07 10:01:01 PM  
TA-DA!

/obligatory
 
2008-06-07 10:01:33 PM  
Booze turns back Darwin?

Is there anything it can't do?
 
2008-06-07 10:02:12 PM  
If I could recreate it, I imagine it happened just like this.
 
2008-06-07 10:03:00 PM  
I bet his underpants were soiled hours before the incident.
 
2008-06-07 10:04:53 PM  
I'll have what he's having.
 
2008-06-07 10:05:50 PM  
Suicidal Writer: 50ft plunge man saved by booze

Something tells me he wouldn't have needed to be saved if he hadn't had booze in the first place.


i142.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-07 10:06:53 PM  
And THIS is why I'm constantly stoned and drunk.
 
2008-06-07 10:08:07 PM  
Boo. Why couldn't Kevin Smith have been the lucky one. :-(

/Not that Kevin Smith.
//Kev
///(Mars)
 
2008-06-07 10:08:51 PM  
I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.
 
2008-06-07 10:08:57 PM  
This proves it! Alcohol does make you a super hero.
 
2008-06-07 10:10:16 PM  
Thanks, SR, from Drew. I'm renewing my TF just so I can put you on ignore.
 
2008-06-07 10:10:58 PM  
Next time I'm on an airplane, I'm getting totally drunk.

/yay business travel
 
2008-06-07 10:11:26 PM  
I did get a few scrapes and cuts, but just rubbed some alcohol on 'em.
 
2008-06-07 10:11:47 PM  
Drugs and alcohol save again!!!!
 
2008-06-07 10:12:27 PM  
...so how do you keep from cracking your head open if you just relax?
 
2008-06-07 10:14:19 PM  
Sir Vanderhoot: I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.


Yeah, I've been told that's the reason so many drunks survive auto accidents without serious injury. Could be a load of shiat... don't know
 
2008-06-07 10:14:20 PM  
asdfbeau: ...so how do you keep from cracking your head open if you just relax?

Luck, I suppose. It is the one flaw in the cunning plan.
 
2008-06-07 10:15:37 PM  
skinink: If I could recreate it, I imagine it happened just like this.

Thanks!...I could watch that for hours!
 
2008-06-07 10:16:34 PM  
DogS laughter
Sir Vanderhoot: I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.

Yeah, I've been told that's the reason so many drunks survive auto accidents without serious injury. Could be a load of shiat... don't know


This would be a great MythBusters episode.
 
2008-06-07 10:16:36 PM  
I just saw an eighteen year old male after he'd fallen ten stories from a hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach early this morning. Around 2:30 am.

Still kind of freaked out.
 
2008-06-07 10:18:04 PM  
Yakk: DogS laughter
Sir Vanderhoot: I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.

Yeah, I've been told that's the reason so many drunks survive auto accidents without serious injury. Could be a load of shiat... don't know

This would be a great MythBusters episode.


True, but it would be hell on the test subjects.
 
2008-06-07 10:19:12 PM  
Dagny Was A Feminist: I just saw an eighteen year old male after he'd fallen ten stories from a hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach early this morning. Around 2:30 am.

Still kind of freaked out.


Time to submit a link.
 
2008-06-07 10:19:17 PM  
wellhungover.net

ALCOHOL
The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
 
2008-06-07 10:20:50 PM  
Sir Vanderhoot: Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.

I carry around a hip flask for this very purpose.
 
2008-06-07 10:21:53 PM  
skinink: If I could recreate it, I imagine it happened just like this.

Thanks. Oddly enough, the "Hillary in a bikini" one on that page with her leg up in the air almost gave me a hardon... With a big enough bown paper bag...
 
2008-06-07 10:24:25 PM  
Too drunk stoned and lazy to climb up the stairs to check this theory...maybe tomorrow...
 
2008-06-07 10:25:03 PM  
DogS laughter: Sir Vanderhoot: I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.

Yeah, I've been told that's the reason so many drunks survive auto accidents without serious injury. Could be a load of shiat... don't know


Basically true, or so they told me in paramedic school. It's also why cops have to give such almighty beat-downs to drunks after high speed pursuits. It's not only that the cops are pissed, but that the drunks really don't feel the bruises and keep getting back up, wondering why they keep falling over and those rude cops keep yelling at them to stay down.
 
2008-06-07 10:27:51 PM  
I believe this. When I was 15 or so I drank a 26'r of vodak (on a dare of course) and fell off our hometown bridge.It is appx. 30-40 ft and all I remember is a big smack. The people who were with me still refuse to admit I wasn't badly injured (they don't know me now..so I guess they were right)
 
2008-06-07 10:29:25 PM  
The Aristocrats!
 
2008-06-07 10:30:43 PM  
I_Approve_Of_This_Message: ALCOHOL
The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.


Came here for the Simpsons reference and was not disappointed, thank you very much.

Gyrfalcon: DogS laughter: Sir Vanderhoot: I saw some Discovery channel thing (Human Bodies or something...) you're much more likely to survive a long fall if you're unconscious. Some poor guy got picked up by a tornado and dropped 300 yards away and walked back because a vase had hit him on the head (before the roof blew off of the house) and knocked him out.

Human bones are damn strong, having tensed muscles puts uneven stress on them. Apparently. I just hope I can remember this next time I fall off of a building.

Yeah, I've been told that's the reason so many drunks survive auto accidents without serious injury. Could be a load of shiat... don't know

Basically true, or so they told me in paramedic school. It's also why cops have to give such almighty beat-downs to drunks after high speed pursuits. It's not only that the cops are pissed, but that the drunks really don't feel the bruises and keep getting back up, wondering why they keep falling over and those rude cops keep yelling at them to stay down.


That is one of the reasons cops have tazers.
 
2008-06-07 10:30:51 PM  
Dagny Was A Feminist

I just saw an eighteen year old male after he'd fallen ten stories from a hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach early this morning. Around 2:30 am.

Still kind of freaked out.


Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2008-06-07 10:32:50 PM  
studebaker hoch: The Aristocrats!

Same aristofag, different article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_aristocrats
 
2008-06-07 10:34:33 PM  
DogS laughter: Dagny Was A Feminist: I just saw an eighteen year old male after he'd fallen ten stories from a hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach early this morning. Around 2:30 am.

Still kind of freaked out.

Time to submit a link.


No report yet.
I've been looking for it.

You think it would be kind of high profile considering it was Senior Beach Week.
 
2008-06-07 10:36:11 PM  
Is there nothing that binge drinking cannot do???
 
2008-06-07 10:37:20 PM  
oh yes,, if you seen Fedor getting slam a few years ago.. you know that this is true, heck a Danish TV show even did an hour show on this issue. Couple of more of MGD, I may try it (already drunk and naked).
 
2008-06-07 10:44:34 PM  
zamboni: Is there nothing that binge drinking cannot do???

Aaah, Alcohol. Well, this is why Drunk Drivers often walk away while their victims often end up in a coffin or a coma.
 
2008-06-07 10:44:47 PM  
zamboni

Is there nothing that binge drinking cannot do???

Or undo, in this case.
 
2008-06-07 10:46:40 PM  
Flragnararch: studebaker hoch: The Aristocrats!

Same aristofag, different article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_aristocrats


Pull your panties out of your crack and STFU.
Thank you.
 
2008-06-07 10:48:42 PM  
hardinparamedic: zamboni: Is there nothing that binge drinking cannot do???

Aaah, Alcohol. Well, this is why Drunk Drivers often walk away while their victims often end up in a coffin or a coma.


Are you agreeing with my earlier post? Drunks often escape injury because they are so limber?
 
2008-06-07 10:50:59 PM  
OregonVet: Thanks, SR, from Drew. I'm renewing my TF just so I can put you on ignore.


You don't need TF for ignore.

Click the idiot's name, click on ADD TO IGNORE LIST, done.
 
2008-06-07 10:51:57 PM  
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2008-06-07 10:53:47 PM  
As a medic in Dallas, I can say that I've seen drunk drivers walk away unscathed, and I've also seen them smeared-on-the-road DEAD.

I'm not sure if there's anything to that alcohol-keeps-you-safe story or not, but I do doubt it.

Consider this, how much of an accident victim's serious injuries (be it an MVA, a fall, or whatever) result from "tensed muscles" and how much from hitting pavement at sixty mph? I think pure, dumb luck is probably a more important factor than how clenched up a person's body is.

\But I could be wrong.
\\And I usually am least once per day.
 
2008-06-07 10:57:55 PM  
Booze and/or skydiving training.

I was ejected off my motorcycle when a block of wood emerged from beneath the car in front of me. I was doing about 50mph at the time. Wearing only my helmet, t-shirt, jeans and "deck-shoes", I flew and rolled over 150feet on pavement.

I broke nothing (the hospital actually felt there was no reason to do X-Rays), and only had road rash scars (that are still visible 18 years later). Helmet did not have a scratch.

As I left the bike, I subconsciously let my body go completely limp, like a big block of Jello. You learn this technique, and are forced to practice it before you can do your first jump. (Not sure about the US, or other parts of Canada, but I sure am glad I trained in Ontario)

To this day, I believe had I tensed up or braced myself, I'd be occupying a nice mahogany box someweheres.

So, in summation, either learn to skydive, or get drunk and stay drunk.

\2¢
\\mine.
 
2008-06-07 11:02:41 PM  
i think that's a lot of the reason i walked away without serious injury when i fell off of my second story balcony.

/yea, i was drunk :P
 
2008-06-07 11:05:33 PM  
i saw a discovery channel thing about this. basically, if you go limp, your bones are designed to absorb and save you from those kinds of impacts. probably is, most people just go nuts and land the wrong way and die.
 
2008-06-07 11:06:39 PM  
Raging_Primate: As a medic in Dallas, I can say that I've seen drunk drivers walk away unscathed, and I've also seen them smeared-on-the-road DEAD.



Depends a lot on what body part they hit & what surface they land on. Land on the head, wind up dead; doesn't matter if you're relaxed or not. A fellow medic showed me a picture of two drunk kids whose convertible kissed a tree edge on, bisecting them at the waist.

OTOH, perfectly sober people have survived amazing falls from incredible heights and lived--skydivers have occasionally fallen several thousand feet and managed to brake their falls and steer towards swamps or soft soil and survived with "only" multiple fractures and ruptured organs.

A suicidal employee jumped from the 12th floor of one of our hotels a few years back and lived with only a collapsed lung; he landed not on the concrete patio but on the tar&gravel roof covering the elevator shaft. So, you're probably right, it's luck.
 
2008-06-07 11:09:53 PM  
Mr.Giblets

I used to crash when skiing the same way.

Once I realized I was wiping out, I'd just let go of my poles and kind of pull my arms in. I kept my bindings real loose, and the skis would instantly fly off, and I'd roll or flip down the hill, gear and snow flying all over the place.

I would just wait for the flips to stop, and then get up. OK we're here! Then hike back up for all my stuff.

Never got hurt doing it. Distributing the force out over many impacts and a long time frame made it so none of the impacts was ever very big.

Just go loose...and wait.
 
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