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Old January 23 2013, 05:49 AM   #1
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Ridiculous Injuries

We can all be clumsy now and then, some of us more often than others! So I'm sure that many of us have been injured for completely silly reasons.

I'm ashamed to say that I just pulled a neck muscle while performing a Tim Tam slam. I don't think I'll be telling my coworkers about that....but it was so worth it!

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My youngest sister once got a concussion...from playing horsey at age 15. She was on all fours on the hardwood floor, acting like a horse, and bucked her head as she neighed, right into the floor. Watching my mom explain that one to the doctor was hilariously sad.

So what is your most ridiculous injury?
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Old January 23 2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

I don't think I ever had a ridiculous injury myself but my eldest son is extremely accident prone.

He has

1) set himself on fire when he was lighting paper by sticking into the heater when he was 4 (third degree burns, three weeks in hospital, skin graft)

2) broke his nose at school when he didn't duck low enough when trying to pass under some playground equipment

3) received a concussion while during physical education at school. The class was meant to be jogging around the netball court but my son decided to race another boy. He looked behind him to see where the boy was and the moment he looked forward again he ran straight into the netball pole.

4) He and a friend decided to do Kung Fu moves at school. He managed to hit the the wall and break his thumb.

5) lost two teeth when he and a friend decided to play with a swing. They were swinging the wooden swing back and forth to each other and he missed catching it.

6) Managed to put his fist through a glass door when drunk. He was badly cut but I don't know the full story behind this (he was living on the Mainland at the time)

7) Badly broke his leg while jumping off a jetty while drunk. It was a compound fracture and he needed a bone graft, hyperbaric chamber therapy and a skin graft. He was in hospital for nearly 6 weeks.

There are also smaller injuries to numerous to mention. He has never been able to 'think before he leaps' i.e. he lacks common sense.

Oops - I forgot to mention that when he was six I took him to the doctor because he had a very runny nose. It was only from one nostril. The family doctor sent us to the hospital to see a nose, ear and throat specialist. X-rays were taken and when they came back we could clearly see that my son had shoved a screw up his nose. He did try to blame another boy but neither me or the doctor would believe him.
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Old January 23 2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

I once rode a single size mattress down a set of stairs toboggan style. The ride was fine until I hit the hard, hard tile on the lower floor. Tailbone was sore for a week. I blame too much Calvin and Hobbs.
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Old January 23 2013, 06:58 AM   #4
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

You Tube is full of them. It's really quite astounding what some people are willing to risk for just a little bit of a joy fling. Very serious injuries too.

The worst "stupid" injury I've ever seen anybody do in person was when this kid in gym class shouted out "hey, watch this!" and proceeded to allow himself to slide down from the top of a long rope rope as if it were a fireman's pole. Well, the blood curling scream that he made caught everyone's attention, followed up by his bloody hands after having shredded the skin off during that ridiculously dumb stunt.
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Old January 23 2013, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

I was at my grandparent's house visiting, and my Grandfather and I were making hot chocolate. For some reason I can't remember, I had taken off one sock, and it lay on the floor. But also on the floor was the powder mix. The combination of the two as I stepped onto the sock was not unlike the token banana peel effect you often see on cartoons. I ended up breaking my ankle.
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Old January 23 2013, 08:19 AM   #6
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I was making hummous with one of those hand held blenders. In the beginning the chick peas clag up the blades and have to be dug out until the hummous gets wetter. I was digging the chickpeas out when I reflexively squeezed the blender (stupidly still plugged in) and blended the entire first joint of the underside of my pointer finger. Thank god it wasn't the nail, that would have been terrible. As it was the finger flesh was in huge chunks though still connected. I bound it all up tight and it eventually healed though it is still scarred and a bit lumpy and also alternately numb and too-sensitive.

That was really beyond stupid.

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Old January 23 2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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A friend of mine got sideways with a table saw.

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Old January 23 2013, 12:31 PM   #8
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Old January 23 2013, 01:03 PM   #9
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I was playing softball once and I swung the bat, missed the ball, and hit myself on the back of the head with the bat.
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Old January 23 2013, 02:00 PM   #10
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

Amazingly I've not managed to give myself any bad injuries through my own stupidity yet, but I'm sure the time will come.

Miss Chicken, your son sounds as accident-prone as my teenaged son, except that my son has never broken any bones or had a concussion. How the hell he's managed to escape serious injury is beyond me, because this is the child who's fallen out of tall trees and all sorts. My husband and I concluded when our son was not yet 2 that he has a granite skull and titanium bones. By rights he should have had several broken bones, at least three concussions, and a few dozen stitches by now, but he's never even been to A&E, though I have done several overnight concussion watches with him.

A few months ago a friend of mine tore her achilles tendon while doing the Gangam Style dance. She was stone-cold sober at the time. Needless to say her beloved friends will never, ever let her forget this.
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Old January 23 2013, 03:35 PM   #11
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Old January 23 2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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When I was about 9 or 10, I was leaning back in my school chair. Of course I managed to topple over and hit my head against the brick wall behind me. After a brief visit to a local hospital, I spent rest of the day resting at home with a big lump on my head and a minor concussion to top it off.

Another silly injury happened during my conscript service. We were on a 30 kilometer ski trip and were nearing our destination. I was getting pretty tired and managed to slip and fall on my back on a downhill slope. Normally that wouldn't have been too bad, but my assault rifle, which was hanging from my neck in front of me on a leather strap, decided to come along for a ride. It made a beautiful arc in the air and hit my face next to my nose. Luckily it only caused a bleeding wound that looked worse than it really was and a tiny hole in my gum. Little lower and I probably would have lost one or more teeth. That thing weighs about 4 kg, after all.
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Old January 23 2013, 03:44 PM   #13
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Re: Ridiculous Injuries

I've never injured myself in any hilarious ways, as far as I remember.

My sister, however, is extremely accident prone.

She once broke her collarbone while jumping off of some concrete steps. Another time, she gave herself a labial frenectomy while playing with a broken yardstick. Yet another time, she tried to jump up onto a bed, slipped, and hit her head on the metal frame, which knocked her unconscious. She tore one ACL while playing badminton--another girl was jumping to hit the shuttlecock and one of her feet landed right on my sister's leg. She tore the other ACL while minding her own business, sitting at the base of some bleachers. Two other girls were fighting, and they tumbled down and... landed right on her leg. Those two can't really be considered her fault, but they're still a bit absurd.

I did break my hand punching a bully in the head, when I was a kid. Does that count?
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Old January 23 2013, 03:48 PM   #14
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I still have a scar on my upper lip from where I rode my tricycle into the coffee table when I was 3.

I also have a small scar at the side of my eye where I was bouncing on a bed, bounced off it and headbutted the corner of a radiator. That one could have been a lot worse.

If you shaved my head you'd find a scar from where I went head first through the bottom right pane of glass in one of those doors with 12 panes in them.

I also have a scar on my hand where I broke a full wine bottle over a tramps head. Not a real tramp mind, it was a movie prop head, I was just trying to trick my friend into believing I had killed a homeless person who had broken into our house and gone to sleep in his bed. That one backfired on me somewhat. He seriously freaked out when I hit the thing though, so it was a successful jape at least.
So it goes.
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Old January 23 2013, 03:51 PM   #15
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This isn't mine, but when I was 10 or so my mom and dad were having a fight. My mom slammed the door so hard it bounced back, hit her in the face, and broke her nose.

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