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2003-12-22 05:09:57 PM
"If people took a little bit of care many of these could be avoided" said Captain Obvious.

That is the dumbest article that I think I've ever read.
 
2003-12-22 05:14:20 PM
I second andonbray's comment.

How is falling out of a tree a "bizarre accident."

bizarre
adj : conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual;


If thousands of people are being affected it, how is it "conspicuously or grossly unusual?"
 
2003-12-22 05:22:24 PM
Carelessness is innocent!
 
2003-12-22 05:39:14 PM
'oo are the Britons?
 
2003-12-22 06:29:30 PM
"If they're cooking they should stay off the booze."


WTF. the only way you'll get me to consume some of the swill I cook up is if I'm half way blind drunk and that isn't happening without booze.
 
2003-12-22 08:47:21 PM
Accidents said many accidents can be avoided with better care.

"Accidents are preventable," he told BBC News Online.


Wow.
You'd have to be George Bush to come up with a line deeper than that...
 
2003-12-22 09:17:18 PM
I wonder haw long til they outlaw having carelessness.
 
2003-12-22 09:54:01 PM
uh yeah

He said many people suffered accidents around Christmas.
 
2003-12-22 09:55:37 PM
"Some 22 people needed treatment after being bitten by a rat."

The same rat?
 
2003-12-22 09:56:43 PM
Bizarre accidents injure thousands of Britons. Authorities blame carelessness

I blame stupidity. And I should know, I am an authority on it.
 
2003-12-22 09:58:08 PM
Hmmm. Not the first mention of any tooth brush injuries.
 
2003-12-22 09:58:45 PM
I think they forgot the quotation marks around "accidental" in the sentence about suffocation and strangulation in bed.
 
2003-12-22 10:01:46 PM
Bizarre accidents injure thousands of Britons. Authorities blame carelessness

Of course, the one they won't mention is when people slip on rotting turkey carcasses while drinking their
hot cocoa sampler boxes
, thus leading to horrible burns.
/cliches can HARM you...
 
2003-12-22 10:03:13 PM
If accidents were preventable we wouldn't need the emergency services.

It must have been the same rat and I for one would like to welcome our new super rat overlords.
 
2003-12-22 10:04:19 PM
It's funny, because of that survivors thing that Vivian Sobchack wrote about. I think it was her. Either way, people getting hurt by power tools and animals and lightning is plenty funny. As long as it doesn't happen to you.

The figures show that almost 2,000 people, most of them children, were admitted to hospital after falling out of trees.

Just like Sir Isaac Newton.

Three people required medical attention after being bitten or struck by a crocodile or alligator.

I didn't even know that there was a problem of wild alligators and crocodiles in England.

Four people needed treatment after accidental suffocation and strangulation while in bed.

Kinky freaks.
 
2003-12-22 10:05:45 PM
Some 22 people needed treatment after being bitten by a rat.

Oh Squeakums, I thought I'd lost you!
 
2003-12-22 10:06:06 PM
Another 190 people were hospitalised after coming into contact with plant thorns and spines and sharp leaves.

WTF
 
2003-12-22 10:06:18 PM
In any other time and place, a country's enemies would read this and see that they were ripe for conquest.
 
2003-12-22 10:11:29 PM
45 suffered injuries as a result of a volcanic eruption.

Where in the hell is there an active volcano in Britan?!
 
2003-12-22 10:11:37 PM
we're all Britons and I am your king.
having said that, WTF? accidents make the farking NEWS? i am certain a fair amount of idiots in the states are also affected by this rash of "accidents" maybe it's contagious. screw the flu shot, i want the moron vaccination before i suffer a similar fate...
are you guys sure this wasn't printed in the onion?
 
2003-12-22 10:12:34 PM
Anyone attempting to invade Great Britain will get a taste of our tommy spunk (double entendre intended). =)
 
2003-12-22 10:15:07 PM
A nation of complete f*cking boozehounds is prone to idiotic accidents? Go figure!
 
2003-12-22 10:17:18 PM
Someone needs to start MATTA (Mothers Against Trees, Tools, and Animals) to make these kinds of things illegal.
 
2003-12-22 10:17:28 PM
"Where in the hell is there an active volcano in Britan?!"

Anyone who has eaten the Chicken Vindaloo at the Koh I Noor, Bristol Street would have suffered similar burns. Of course it would be unmanly to admit that food did this to us and thus the myth of the Hockley Volcano was born.
 
2003-12-22 10:18:28 PM
I had to go to a hospital due to a fish bowl. That is Almost bizarre. This list is not.
 
2003-12-22 10:26:03 PM
What else do you expect people to do while waiting in line for their welfare checks besides partake of sweet Mother Alcohol's nectar?
 
2003-12-22 10:26:31 PM
2003-12-22 10:15:07 PM ManCalledFoot
A nation of complete f*cking boozehounds is prone to idiotic accidents? Go figure!


That wasn't very nice.


/heehee..
 
2003-12-22 10:27:01 PM
Didn't read the article..

Tooth-brushes?
 
2003-12-22 10:28:21 PM
In Other news, Turnabouts result in More accidents by visiting foreigners..

WTF, crazy white van drivers..
 
2003-12-22 10:33:29 PM
I have your "moron vaccination" right here, Brodiebaby.



Come on, Brodie, just close your eyes. This won't hurt a bit. You'll feel the slightest pinch, and then it will be all over.
 
2003-12-22 10:36:05 PM
HA HA! TOOTH BRUSH JOKES!



(But not too many gun cleaning accidents? )
 
2003-12-22 10:39:30 PM
Some 22 people needed treatment after being bitten by a rat.

Was it araT sneffetS??

Maybe it was one of those , or they were all eating at the same McDonald's.

True story: I worked at McD's in high school. We had mice. If they ate the top of a big mac bun, we threw it out and served the bottom two parts of the bun.
 
2003-12-22 10:44:13 PM
poepsel: True story: I worked at McD's in high school. We had mice. If they ate the top of a big mac bun, we threw it out and served the bottom two parts of the bun.

where is my gun.
 
2003-12-22 11:27:45 PM
Cool, for the second time in a single day I get to say it:


I want some BOOZE!"

/Withnail and I
 
2003-12-22 11:47:20 PM
Three people required medical attention after being bitten or struck by a crocodile or alligator.

How many were mauled by bears, killed by stampeding elephants or eaten by lions?

And I thought the most dangerous wildlife in UK was the hedgehog?
 
2003-12-23 12:16:15 AM
I guess the old saying "The sun never sets on the British Empire because God doesn't trust the bastards in the dark." has switched to, "Common sense is never applied in the British Empire because God made the bastards gullible from the beginning."?
 
2003-12-23 01:55:21 AM
Another 3,000 people were admitted after coming into contact with a non-powered hand tool.

damn, thats one dangerous tool
 
2003-12-23 02:21:55 AM
Christmas lawn snowman decoration thing; drunk people; 2:00 a.m.; shenannigans ensue; major head injury.

Two weeks pass; major hematoma; two black eyes; trip to surgeon for drainage of hematoma; permanent scarring and indentation in forehead.

Beat that Brits.
 
2003-12-23 05:08:49 AM
Roger Vincent of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said many accidents can be avoided with better care.

Why does this sound like a Monty Python sketch?
 
2003-12-23 06:31:46 AM
Sid_6.7

I was thinking the exact same thing... This whole article reads like a Monty Python sketch. Then again, this is a British article about British people, so that's probably not too surprising.

/loves the Brits.

 
2003-12-23 07:19:44 AM
next thing we'll have the UK government providing guidelines as to how to avoid coming in contact with sharp leaves. I mean, we don't know how to wash our hands, so we're obviously going to need advice on this...
 
2003-12-23 07:49:31 AM
And I thought the most dangerous wildlife in UK was the hedgehog?

I'm not quite sure what the most dangerous one is but the largest predator in the UK is the badger. However, they're nocturnal and only eat worms and beetles. The chances of one leaping several feet in the air and biting your neck off whilst walking through a wood are slim.
 
2003-12-23 08:32:01 AM
she's not british but my girlfriend has had several run-ins with the coffee table this year.
 
2003-12-23 11:33:57 AM
doublesecretprobation

she's not british but my girlfriend has had several run-ins with the coffee table this year.


Odd. My wife had a run-in with my "entertainment center" and nine months we had a baby girl.
 
2003-12-23 05:02:17 PM
doublesecretprobation

That wasn't a coffee table, that was me ;)
 
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