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Swing On A Scar

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The thrill that you get from achieving that goal, whether flying a plane, running a race, or shagging a sheep, diminishes every time you repeat the feat. The Piper Cub pilot might aspire to a Learjet, the 5K runner might take on a marathon, and sheep shagger wait stop why would anybody do that?! bungee1 You take the first leap of faith, and want to experience the same thrill, so you take it to greater heights. bungee2 After you've once again reached that plateau, you take it to the extreme. rbung5 The Moscow based Sinner Team has been practicing extreme stunts since 2008. Despite the extreme nature of their sports, they play it safe. Here a group member makes sure the bungee doesn't tangle as a colleague takes a 250 foot leap from the tower. rbung3 It's immediately noticeable when the end of the bungee is reached and it starts to stretch. rbung4 But there's no need to worry, when the harness is firmly attached to the body. rbung2 The Sinners prepare for their jumps by inserting four metal bars to which the harness will attach through skin piercings. The piercings are temporary, just for the occasion. rbung1 They jump and record their expressions as the harness tightens. rbung7 Then they land triumphantly. We wonder what they'll hang from when the thrill is over this time.
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“Dick” Shot

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Games, Health, Kids, Recreation, Toys, Weapons

Ex Vice-President Dick "Dick" Cheney started the trend. dickcheney_shotgun While on a hunting trip, he shot 78 year old Harry Whittington, a Bush-Cheney campaign donor from Austin, Texas. #shootafriendintheface The injuries from birdshot are visible on his face as Harry Whittington, the man accidentally shot a.. Whittington had a heart attack after a piece of buckshot migrated to a heart muscle, but most of the other wounds were superficial. A grateful Whittington later appeared on television to apologize for the incident.

Medical drawing of injuries to Harry Whittington

"My family and I are deeply sorry for all that Vice President Cheney and his family have had to go through this week," Whittington said. But it was too late to prevent the new fad of shooting a friend in the face. #shootafriendintheface Six year old Yang Yang was playing with his cousin in Neijiang, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, when thy came across a gun. Yang's cousin, also six years old, picked it up and shot him in the face. yangyang3 The boys returned to their house about ten minutes later, according to their grandmother, who said, “They were crying, and Yang Yang's face had a huge hole, bleeding profusely.” yangyang2 Doctors removed all 325 pellets from the blast. yangyang1 Yang's father said that both boys were terrified at what had happened. Like Whittington, Yang is expected to survive, though there will be substantial scarring. shotgun2 But he's lucky. Shotgun wounds to the face can be much more serious. shotgun_forensic And apologizing to Dick Cheney won't make it any better.
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Cutting Corners

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The Tonghe County Stadium in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province had been undergoing renovation, and was behind schedule. tonghe_stadium With time running out for finishing the 10,000 square foot stadium, and an impending inspection by provincial leaders and Communist Party officials, the project managers cut a few corners. tonghe_track3 The oval track had already been finished, except for the surface marking. Figuring out how to lay out concentric ovals requires math. tonghe_track1 So they laid out the track as a rectangle, with 90 degree corners. “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that,” one of the stadium managers said. “We think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?” tongue_track2 The innovative layout hasn't been popular with the public. “It’s impossible to run on such a surface,” said long distance runner Zhang Yong. He went on to  call the track a disgrace to the sport of running.
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Rolling Under

by on Aug.03, 2014, under Culture, Education, Games, Kids, Recreation

When it comes to skating under cars, a six year old has beaten all other contenders flat. gagan12 Gagan Satish, only six years old, is from Bangalore, India. He's become a celebrity in his own community, and is rapidly gaining fans around the world. gagan06 Gagan, who received his first pair of roller skates at the age of three, covered 230 feet in just 29 seconds. gagan11 What makes his accomplishment unique is that he skates close to the ground. gagan08 His face remains no more than five inches from the pavement. gagan07 That's how he performs his signature feat. gagan04 Gagan likes to skate under cars. gagan03 "I love skating," he said. "I have been doing it since I was three years old. My next goal is to skate underneath 100 cars. I also want to go to the Olympics." His record 29 second run took him under 37 cars. gagan02 His amazing flexibility allows him to do the splits and slide right under the chassis. gagan01 Gagan trains rigorously to keep up his skills. He starts the day at 5:00 AM and spends a few hours being coached before going off to school. gagan10 After school, he skates in the streets, spending a couple of hours on speed training and muscle flexibility before he goes into his limbo position. gagan09 Gagan has inspired some of his friends to take up limbo skating. His coach, Yatish Gowda, expressed great pride in his young student.    
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Hard Landing

by on Jul.20, 2014, under Games, Health, Recreation, Toys

Parents want to encourage physical activity, and the backyard trampoline is a great way for the kids to get some exercise and tire themselves out. elms-trampoline No matter what you tell them, they're not going to jump one at a time. They are not going to stay in the middle. They won't be jumping straight up and down. That's what a bed is for. Trampolines proclaim their innocence with their stretchy bouncy surfaces, but beneath the vivacious exterior they are vicious predators. tramp_drew Drew suffered three stitches and some swelling on his 12th birthday after a trampoline accident. tramp_stothard Daniel Stothard lost an eye when a spring broke on his trampoline and flew into his face. The importer of the trampoline reports that it's not a common accident. "We have sold 250,000 trampolines with 15 million springs and to our knowledge, nothing of a similar nature has ever happened before.” tramp_kollin02Kollin Galland at 14 was an accomplished athlete. He had mastered the double back flip on the diving board and trampoline, and was ready to try again. tramp_kollin01 This time he landed on his head, damaging some vertebrae and paralyzing him. tramp_kollin03Fortunately, most trampoline accidents are minor, at worst involving broken bones. tramp_bone01 We don't know how many trampoline accidents are preventable, but here are some statistics that may reflect on the problem.
  • 98% of all trampoline accidents that cause serious injury happen within 5 miles of home. Try using a trampoline located further away.
  • 99.7% of all trampoline injuries are caused on the way down. Avoid injury by staying in the air as much as possible.
  • Try to land on your feet -- both at the same time, and pointed in the same direction preferably.
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Soccer Scar

by on Oct.08, 2013, under Games, Health, Kids, Toys

Kavan Ryan is the goalkeeper for the Codland Colts, a youth soccer team in in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK. kavan_ryan1 He was playing a match against Alvechurch Youth on Aug 14 when he unexpectedly collapsed when an opposing player when in for a plunge and struck his leg with his soccer shoe. blades-legend-sleek-soccer-bootBut instead of the more common studs, the player was wearing newer blade soccer shoes. Coldland Colts executive Andy Taylor thinks blades should be banned from kid's soccer. "I regard bladed boots should be criminialized from kids’ football. Kids wear them on paths and sand and the blades become sharp, roughly similar to a weapon." kav2 Kavan's leg was sliced open and bleeding profusely. His father Rob Copestake,  said: " I’ve never seen anything similar to that, and I’ve played a lot of football. My large apprehension was that it had strike a principal blood vessel and Kavan could’ve bled to death...A lot of people felt physically sick." It took ten stitches to close the wound. kav4 The referee mentioned the plunge into was a outcome of "youthful over-enthusiasm." A spokesman for Alvechurch described the damage as "terrible" but stressed there was no malevolence intended. He said, "I regard people reacted to the damage – and, yes, it was really bad. But it was not the outcome of aroused play." But schoolboy Kavan yesterday shrugged off the incident, which happened just 20 minutes into his debut for the club.
He said, "I'm OK really, I just can't wait to get back out on the pitch again. It's just one of those things really. I ran out to smother the ball and he came running through, didn't even slide, he just stamped on me. I got up and started hopping around and pulled my shorts up to just see my skin hanging off."
"That's when I started screaming." kav3 Although the tackle was regarded as accidental rather than malicious, a spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We can declare we are investigating an accusation of assault in connection to this incident." No charges have been filed at this time. Kavan's father remarked, "We are unaware when Kavan will fool around once again – he’s hobbling at the moment. When it happened, he mentioned he longed for to stop work football. But it’s a one-off injury, something similar to that will never come about to him again. We do know he will be scarred for life."  
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Foul Ball

by on Apr.17, 2013, under Education, Family, Games, Health, Kids, Recreation

As the generations before, kids are inventing their own traditions to replace those of their forbearers. The wedgie of the past has been replaced by a new sport, "ball tapping", which has a similar focus. Here's a more comprehensive story on the problem from wthr.com. ruptest1 The wedgie rarely did crippling damage to anything but the waistband of the victim's underwear. But a ruptured testicle is no joke. When rugby player Paul Wood, who plays for the Warrington Wolves, took a knee to the groin early in the second half of the rugby league Grand Final as he was tackled by Kallum Watkins of the Leeds Rhinos. The force of the blow ruptured his right testicle, but the Warrington prop continued to play on for more than 20 minutes, the Daily Mail reported. "I've been hit a few times in the groin area and normally you can run it off," the married father of two told the newspaper on Monday, "but this just got worse. The physios kept asking me if I wanted to go off but I said, 'No I'm fine, I'll get through it.' I came off after 25 minutes and that's when it started getting really bad. It swelled up to the size of a tennis ball."


Ball-tapping is one of the ten common causes of childhood trauma due to violence. And we know that the propensity for violence begins early. So we were happy to see that some kids are considering their actions.


Nine year old Zac, from Adelaide, Australia, was so remorseful after applying the Squirrel Grip to his little brother's knackers that he wrote this.


"To the best brother ever,

I'm very sorry that I pinched you in the nuts. I'm so sad that I feel the pain. I know that this note won't completley make it up for you so heres $1.00 all for you! I know it doesn't make the pain go away, and I can't put a band-aid on it! You woldent be able to pee! I hope you're better in the morning buddey!

Love from Zac."

Us too, buddey. We hope you heal fast.


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