Category:
Accidents

What A Way To Go

In December of 2007, Craig Taylor took shelter under an awning during a storm. The awning collapsed and killed the unfortunate Mr. Taylor. Tragic, sure. But weird? Well death by awning probably isn't common, but what makes this instance unique is what made the awning collapse in the first place... pigeon poo. Australian authorities have opened an inquest to determine what exactly caused Mr. Taylor to be crushed and are focusing on the amount of pigeon's droppings that had built up on the awning. And you thought pigeons only liked statues!

Posted By: Nethie - Sat Sep 04, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Death, Excrement, More Things To Worry About, Australia

Next up on World’s Deadliest Jobs - Mushroom Hunters

While it might seem quaint to walk through the woods to find and pick mushrooms, apparently it can be quite deadly. Authorities in northern Italy say that at least 18 people have died recently while hunting for the tasty fungi. Avid seekers are growing careless and ignoring safety procedures because the weather for the month of August has lead to a surge in mushroom growth. Most of those who have died fell off the slippery mountain slopes. Now, I realize that truffles can be worth more per ounce than gold, but I don't think it's worth a person's life.

Posted By: Nethie - Mon Aug 30, 2010 - Comments (11)
Category: Accidents, Death, Jobs and Occupations, Nature, Europe

Ghost Story Comes To Life

If you're into ghost stories, this one seems fairly tame. In 1891, a passenger train derailed on a bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, killing approximately thirty people. The story claims that on the anniversary of the wreck, the sound of the crash and screaming passengers can be heard. A number of people come to the bridge for a chance to prove the legend each year. But this year, the story took an even more tragic turn when one of the "ghost hunters" was killed... by a train. You can read the details here.

Posted By: Nethie - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Disasters, History

And The Sewer Rats Rejoiced

Beer drinkers in Canada were calling it alcohol abuse when almost 8,500 gallons of beer and foam exploded out of a fermentation tank. Apparently a small crack had formed in the vat at the Okanagan Springs Brewery in Vernon, British Columbia. The pressurized metal silo was blown apart, causing structural damage and tearing an aluminum door off its hinges. Thousands of litres of beer foam poured across the parking lot and onto the road. Thankfully, no one was injured in the explosion, and rain has since washed most of the beer into the sewers.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun Jul 25, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Inebriation and Intoxicants, More Things To Worry About, North America, Alcohol

World’s Largest Skateboard Disaster

Twenty people and one giant skateboard worked okay. Would you ride it alone? Yes, that is the edge of the skateboard behind the hill.



I was worried for a minute that the skateboard ran him over, but I think it did knock off his shoe!!

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Jul 09, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents

Last Date



The future "Mr. Bewitched" commits teen-i-cide!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 09, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Motor Vehicles, Teenagers, 1940s

Death Wish

Police in North Vernon, Indiana say it is obvious this man had a death wish. That may not be so uncommon for men his age and perhaps in his profession, but he accomplished it in a very disturbing fashion. I've followed the events in The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun, but I do find it somewhat unnerving that the story is making the rounds through many newspapers in central and southern Indiana, as I fear widespread dissemination of the story may open the door to copycats.
UPDATE: Meth, unsuprisingly, played a role. Greensburg Daily News

Unrelated bonus mugshot from the same paper of Nikkiah C. Weddle, a loving mother, that just appears slothful. I feel that her having smoked marijuana three weeks earlier will play a heavy role in her defense, since we've all smoked a joint that we took almost a full month to recover from.

Posted By: qualityleashdog - Thu Mar 04, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Accidents, Crime, Death, Obituaries, Drugs, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Stupidity, Babies and Toddlers, Your Daily Jury Duty, Cars

Safety in Offices



When your office is staffed by the Three Stooges.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 25, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Business, PSA’s, 1940s

Time Out For Trouble



An evil, possessed clock destroys one family and revels in the troubles of a whole town. That's my kind of public-service announcement!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 24, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Dreams and Nightmares, Horror, Documentaries, 1960s

Marijuana Farm to blame for Massive California Fires



According to the Los Angeles Times, the huge wild fires California is experiencing were caused by a cooking fire on a Pot farm.

I've heard people refer to smoking pot as "burning mad trees", but I think this takes that a little too literally.

Posted By: dherlich - Mon Aug 17, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Addictions, Drugs

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