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On The Fence

by on Oct.07, 2013, under Family, Health, Kids, Recreation

Although a garden fence won't keep out a determined intruder, a spiked fence is still a deterrent. spike0 The spikes don't have to be terribly sharp to cause damage to the unfortunate trespasser. spike1 Bobby Ward, 10, shown with his family, has some advice on climbing fences of this type. They're dangerous. spike2 Bobby was climbing the fence when he slipped, and one of the spikes went through his chin. spike3 Luckily, it missed major arteries. But it tore through his skin as he pulled himself off the fence. spike4 Bobby, from Fossway, in Walker, Newcastle, said, "I went to climb over the fence and I slipped and then the spike went through my chin." spike6 "I didn’t feel it. My friend starting being sick and that’s when I noticed what had happened. I just ripped myself off the fence and that’s when it ripped my skin." spike7 He was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he underwent surgery to repair the wound and had 15 stitches. A few millimeters further and it could have proved fatal. moto-death
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Stick It to the Man

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Health, Nature, Recreation

Sometimes you just can't see the forest for the trees. Colby Ellis, 22, gives zip line tours at the Nantahala Gorge in North Carolina. Part of the Great Smoky Mountains, it's a popular recreational area. Colby was on his day off when he and co-worker Micah Loyd decided to explore the mountain. He explains, "I spotted a series of vines going up a tree and decided to climb them. When I was about five feet up, the vine gave way. I landed on my feet but when I bent to absorb the landing, a branch punctured my face." "'I was very shocked the first few moments, but luckily Micah and I are both trained in first aid, so we knew not to take it out. Or for that matter to move my eye in case the smaller stick went into the eyeball itself. Micah was great help keeping me calm and leading me through the woods to the road."   "Someone stopped and gave him a ride to get his vehicle so we could take that to the hospital. I did not want to pay for an ambulance if I could help it as they are quite expensive here. We then drove to the hospital in nearby Bryson, but they don't have a trauma centre. Staff there were great and stabilised the injuries and sent me in an ambulance to Mission hospital in Asheville." "Once there, they were able to remove both sticks successfully. Amazingly, I still had my full vision. After that I just needed a few sets of stitches and an eye patch and I was ready to go." "All in all, I feel very fortunate to be able to see out of both eyes and to be alive. If I had fallen an inch behind me the bigger branch could have easily went through my socket and into my brain. ... The whole thing was really intense."
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Burning Love

by on Dec.01, 2011, under Culture, Family, Health

Love makes people do silly things. People have come up with all kinds of ways to impress someone and propose marriage. Some are more dignified than others. But if you've already proposed, and have been turned down, choose your next romantic gesture carefully.

A man in Quanzhou, China broke up with his girlfriend two days earlier and was determined to win her back. So he climbed an electric service pylon in sight of her workplace to proclaim his love.

Part way up the pole he received a substantial electric shock and was pitched into the muddy field below. When emergency services, summoned by witnesses, arrived, they found his clothes to be burnt off his skin, but he was still breathing.

He suffered severe burns, but is expected to survive. His ex-girlfriend, meanwhile, called the stunt "too extreme" and found the power to reject his proposal.

The man is viewing it as a "cooling off" period for now.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Animals, Family, Nature, Parenting

After falling down the side of a nearly vertical cliff, the little lion cub cried out for help. His mother approached the edge. She was joined by three other lionesses and a male. The females tried to climb down but turned back after trying to negotiate the steep drop. But the mother was undaunted and determined to save her cub. She slowly edged down the cliff, grabbing onto the crumbling cliff side with her claws. Just as it appears that the exhausted cub is about to lose his grip and fall, his mother managed to scramble beneath him and snatch him up in her jaws. After a careful perilous climb back to the top, mother and son are safe. The photos were taken by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot at Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.  
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