Useful information, by any standard

No child should touch a gun or pistol, or on any account present one at another person. We behold a little boy shooting his sister dead! And: Here we see the danger of playing with lighted candles. One little girl has set the bed-curtains on fire, and the other her hair; and both are in […]

Ride Accidents

With headlines like “Octopus ride accident injures two” and “Ferris wheel catastrophe kills five”, it will be hard to look at amusement park rides in quite the same light. Not that they ever seemed on par with the safety of something like, say, bonsai gardening. (via BoingBoing)

The possibly gruesome fate of D.B. Cooper

Interesting enough for the subject matter — the mysterious skyjacker who disappeared from a plane1 with some gracious amount of money, never to be found again (the skyjacker that is; some of the money was found, maybe) — this article from the AP is probably best for the very last sentence: “Maybe a hydrologist can […]

But what about the pterodactyl?

When police asked the man what caused the accident, his one-word answer was “pterodactyl,” Smith said. … The man was treated and released at Central Washington Hospital, hospital officials said. No word on the pterodactyl’s injuries. (HeraldNet: “Man blames car wreck on prehistoric winged reptile,” by Rachel Schleif [29 Dec 07]; via BoingBoing)

Drop a spoon, save your life

Yes, it can happen to you. Well, maybe not you, but someone else: Dropping something may have saved Joy Horton’s life. The 73-year-old woman was preparing some food in her western New York home on Monday morning when she dropped a spoon on the floor of her kitchen. When she bent down, her house exploded. […]

Let this be a lesson to you

Three-year-old Robert Moore went fishing for a stuffed replica of Sponge Bob and ended up trapped in a vending machine. … A stuffed Sponge Bob in a vending machine’s bin caught Robert’s eye. He tried without success to fish it out with a plastic crane.  “I told him I could get it for him,” his […]

No matter how hard you look

…you won’t find very much on the internet about the elusive “out-of-control doughnut trailer”, never mind how much danger it portends. (Above: helpful illustration)

Fire medicine

This is not new news, nor is it relevant in the sense of being anything anyone needs to worry about, but it certainly is curious: Seattle police launched an investigation on Friday to determine how a patient undergoing emergency heart surgery caught on fire at a local hospital in 2003. The male patient, who was […]

Caution: Sounder of Boar Ahead

BERLIN (Reuters) – A pack of wild boar wandered onto a German motorway, causing a five-car pileup and leaving one motorist injured and eight of the animals dead, police said on Saturday. The cars on the Dresden-Berlin motorway hit the boar at high speed. One car flipped, injuring the 33-year-old woman driver. (Reuters: “Pack of […]

Who’s looking out for you?

Google saves a man’s life; The Weather Channel could have prevented a woman from falling off a second-floor balcony (although possibly not, too). The second “could have” is a little gimmicky, since it refers to the fact that the woman fell while step outside to check the weather. Whoever wrote the article’s headline presumably thought […]