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Date: 2008-06-24 23:14
Subject: evolution in action
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The Independent reports on a chap who really didn't want to miss his train.
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pds_lit: Red Cat Quilt
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-06-24 23:27 (UTC)
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Well, I have heard that riding a bike to work helps keep you energized but this is really taking it a bit too far.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-06-25 01:29 (UTC)
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Perhaps he missed his morning cup.
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User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-25 02:00 (UTC)
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-25 22:56 (UTC)
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I was torn about posting this one because the bloke is obviously very seriously injured, but I suspect this was an accident waiting to happen and I suspect he'd tried this trick before without any catastrophe and thought he could keep getting away with it.
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User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-26 09:17 (UTC)
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Indeed, there's not really much of a funny side here. From the perspective of a former 999 call handler for the ambulance service, all I can think of is:

  • Thrown from bicycle onto hard surface = likely head trauma and spinal injuries.

  • Landed on live rail = severe electrical burns.

  • Definite scene safety concerns.

  • Easy to find location, so ambulance should get there pretty fast

In conclusion, complacency can be very bad for your health.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-26 21:48 (UTC)
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That's something we very rarely get a sense of in these stories. All we ever hear of is the front-end - the accident, the injuries, the fatalities. I can't ever remember the media breaking down an incident like that.
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