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"You requested more info about "poor planning" as the cause of my accident:"

Possibly the funniest story in a while. This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers' Compensation board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd have received a Darwin Award for sure....I thought you might find the following article from snopes.com interesting: http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/bricks.asp

Dear Sir:

I am writing in response to your request for addidtional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs.

Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 175 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope.

Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone as listed in section 3 of the accident report form.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two nuckles deep into the pully. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.

Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

I hope this answers your inquiry.


Yah. The physics of pulleys will get you good.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 12:35 AM (7 replies)

OK this is weird: "URGENT -- Nelson Mandela has died, former U.S. President H. W. Bush says"

URGENT -- Nelson Mandela has died, former U.S. President H. W. Bush says
Posted on 09-01 at 12:46:29 CST
URGENT -- Nelson Mandela has died, former U.S. President H. W. Bush says

Priority: BULLETIN
Time: 01-09-13 09:03 EDT-0400
Categories :International,South Africa,Politics

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) -- Anti-apartheid icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela died Sunday, hours after being discharged from hospital, former U.S. President H. W. Bush said. He was 95 years old.

"Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know," Bush said in a statement. "As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment -- setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country. Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen."

Can't find any corroboration..
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 09:09 AM (47 replies)

170 Years of the World’s Hurricane Tracks on One Dark and Stormy Map

This map shows the paths of every hurricane and cyclone detected since 1842. Nearly 12,000 tropical cyclones have been tracked and recorded, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration keeps them all in a single database. Long-term datasets can be really interesting and scientifically valuable, and this one is undoubtedly both.

In the image above, you can clearly see that more storm tracks have overlapped in the western Pacific ocean and northern Indian ocean. This is largely because of the length of the typhoon season, which basically never stops in the warmer waters there.

The tracks of the earliest storms are based on mariner’s logs and storm records, collected from various countries, agencies and other sources. Reconciling data from these different entities was tough. Most international agencies had their own set of codes for cyclone intensity, and only recorded this information once per day. India was even using different wind thresholds to designate cyclone stages.

Somehow, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center managed to wrangle all these various reports. Originally, at the dawn of the mainframe computer age, much of this data was stored in the form of decks of punch cards, sometimes with just one position and intensity measurement for one storm recorded on each card. Later systems used 80-column cards to boost this to four measurements per card. A similar tracking system is still in use today, of course without the physical cards.

Great map!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 12:16 AM (4 replies)

Photo of camels in the desert (wih a twist)


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 02:51 PM (30 replies)

Pirate-themed CT scanner helps New York City kids

Pirate-themed CT scanner helps New York City kids find calm waters before tests
The New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital recently purchased a CT scanner that makes medical tests seem less like a 'horrible, scary chore' and more like an adventure on the high seas.

The New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital has turned its CT scan room into a pirate-themed island.
Children enter the room by walking a plank and settling into a boat-shaped table. Radiologists then weigh anchor and slide the table right into the scanner, while swashbuckling pirates look on from the walls.

It’s still a fantasy and it doesn’t detract from the fact that many of the children who need these tests are coming to the hospital in pain. Some are coming to track the growth of cancers. Others have perhaps fallen down a flight of stairs and are suffering from ankle or skull fractures. Still others were born with conditions that need to be closely monitored, like congenital heart defects.
“It allows children to imagine all sorts of things,” Ruzal-Shapiro said. “So it doesn’t seem like a horrible, scary chore.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pirate-themed-ct-scanner-helps-new-york-city-kids-find-calm-waters-tests-article-1.1435876#ixzz2dWTaP61k

Anything to change up the dreariness of a hospital has to help.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 01:50 AM (2 replies)

Now this is a COUGH SYRUP:


Well, you wouldn't care if you did cough.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:59 PM (32 replies)

David Cameron becomes 1st British PM to lose a war vote since 1782.

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to join a potential military strike on Syria were thwarted on Thursday night when Britain's parliament narrowly voted against a government motion to authorize such action in principle.

In a humiliating defeat for the British leader likely to damage Cameron's hopes of being re-elected in 2015 and set back traditionally strong U.S.-UK relations, parliament defied Cameron by 285 to 272 votes.

Commentators said it was the first time a British prime minister had lost a vote on war since 1782, when parliament effectively conceded American independence by voting against further fighting to crush the colony's rebellion.

Reaping what you sow by following bad intel and other idiots into war.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 30, 2013, 07:37 AM (22 replies)


A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved 3 year-old grandson.

It's obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for candy, cookies, you name it. Meanwhile, Grandpa is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, "Easy William, we won't be long. . . easy, boy."

Another outburst and she hears the grandpa calmly say, "It's okay, William, just a couple more minutes and we'll be out of here. Hang in there, boy"

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart and Grandpa says again in a controlled voice, "William, William,
relax buddy, don't get upset. We'll be home in five minutes, stay cool, William."

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She says to the elderly man, "It's none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole time you kept yourh composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying 'things would be okay.' William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa."

"Thanks," said the grandpa, "but I'm William. The little shit's name is Brian."
(From email)

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 30, 2013, 04:00 AM (1 replies)

Powerful: Olbermann talks about his dad, Satchel Paige and King’s speech

The segment lasted 3:32 and at the end I felt a chill running down my spine.

Thus is the talent of Keith Olbermann.

His recollection of his father using Satchel Paige to illustrate the roots of segregation was powerful as anything I heard during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech.

Like him or not, you owe it to yourself to watch.


KO will never change. Thank gawd!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 29, 2013, 01:57 PM (1 replies)

Henri, Le Chat Noir is back with Two videos:

(Wasn't sure if I posted the first one before)
Cat Litterature

The Cat Is Sat (Henri has a catsitter)

Loves me some Henri!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 29, 2013, 10:29 AM (1 replies)
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