Have a safe Christmas

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  1. iBecks macrumors 6502

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    Some Christmas facts you probably didn't know!

    3 Brits die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue;
    142 Brits were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts;
    58 Brits are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers;
    31 Brits have died since 1996 from watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in;
    19 Brits died in the last 3 years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate;
    British hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after cracker-pulling accidents;
    101 Brits since 1999 have had broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet;
    18 Brits had serious burns in 2000 trying on new jumpers with a lighted cigarette in their mouth;
    A massive 543 Brits were admitted to A&E in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth;
    In 2001, five Brits were injured in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars;

    And saving the best for last:

    In 2000, eight Brits cracked their skull whilst throwing up in the loo!


    The above statistics/facts are questionable and unproven, they may not even be from a reliable source.
     
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    I'm puzzled how this could happen, short of accidentally swallowing said battery and choking. My only guess would be pacemaker related?
     
  4. iBecks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's what I was thinking, probably caused some sort of power surge.
     
  5. alFR macrumors 68020

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    This is mainly evolution in action though, isn't it? :)
     
  6. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    I bought myself a power drill, nail gun, and two-four for Christmas.

    So, no.
     
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    The electric current is powerful enough to stop your heart, i think if you got a AA battery and shocked it right where your heart is, that would be enough to stop it too.

    I love the scalextric cars one, my sister once got hit in the face by one of them, hilarious.
     
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    WOW!!! You Brits know how to party. :D

    I'm sorry but some of those were really funny.
     
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    i think it's somewhere between 50mA to a few hundred mA depending on the time frame and point of contact

    what can a 9V battery supply ?
     
  10. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Heh, I remember licking them 9v batteries when I was a kid.

    Last night I caught the tail end of some advert or TV show where some random celebrity told us to "have a safe Christmas". Never heard that before and it really stuck with me. Now this thread!

    Accidents are cut down with me as I don't drink :)
     
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  13. iBecks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this an official moderator type request?

    I read it on a forum a few days ago, but can't find the link.

    I will edit the original post and add unsubstantiated to it. ;)
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Oh god no, not at all. Just curious was all :)
     
  15. iBecks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When I read your post, it did make me think whether this was information was factual or from official information.

    If it's not, then hopefully it won't cause too much of an offence to anyone.
     
  16. iGav macrumors G3

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    Nothing about Brits and candyfloss machines then? Interesting... I happen to know of at least one incident involving a Brit since 1999. :eek:
     
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    Google gives 2030 results however the first 3 pages (all i have been bothered to check) are basically copying and pasting of the same facts over and over again in various places
     
  18. iBecks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Would you care to expand on that? :D
     
  19. iBlue macrumors Core

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    it's a national past-time here to laugh at the misfortune of others, isn't it? :D
     
  20. iBecks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Proud to be British

    Some more

    Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish Kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything Foreign.

    Oh and...... Only in Britain ...

    Can a pizza get to your house Faster than an ambulance.

    Only in Britain ...

    Do supermarkets make sick People walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions While healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

    Only in Britain ..

    Do People order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

    Only in Britain ....

    Do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the Counters.

    Only in Britain ..

    Do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on The drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage..

    Only in Britain ...

    Do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call Waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in The first place.

    Only in Britain ...

    Are there disabled parking places in Front of a skating rink..
     
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    This applies almost as well (minus the curry and the Belgian beer) to Americans. Just take a look at our conservative presidential candidates and their anti-immigration stance. Worrying.

    My fellow Americans will likely post snooty comments on this thread, but, since I lived in Staines for a year and appreciate British self-effacement, allow me to remind all my compatriots that most of the "winners" in the Darwin awards each year are Yanks. We're number 1 indeed!
     
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    yeah i know, and it's really not "only in Britain"
     
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    I had to laugh at that one, thinking of cars NOT worth even $50. In NYC people used to drive or have a friend tow their ready-for-junking cars to a parking spot near some uptown subway station, take the plates off (immediately after the local police patrol had passed by), leave the keys in the ignition and the window cranked halfway down. Parked in recycle mode, baby! Problem solved by nightfall.

    But that was before the advent of widespread surveillance cams...

    Is this thread totally jacked already or are we still on subject of a safe Xmas. Anyway, don't eat too many 9v batts and have a wonderful holiday!
     

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