Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Falling For You

The Grave Digger
It was a typical Monday in Nanjing (capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu). Workers were emptying the building's septic tank, and a woman was hanging laundry on her sixth-floor balcony. Then - disaster was narrowly averted.
"She probably stretched out too far and fell ... right on to a 20 cm-thick heap of excrement," [the Kuaibao tabloid said].

The woman suffered only slight injuries, the newspaper said.
Link. I wish I could say this was the first time I was forced to blog about feces, but this is sadly not the case.

Earlier this year, Joshua Hanson of Blair, Wisconsin was taken to a hospital with broken bones and internal injories after hecrashed through a double-paned window in a hotel and plummeted 16 floors. He survived when he was caught by a roof overhang.

According to a police report, Hanson and two friends returned from a night of drinking[...] When the elevator reached the 17th floor, Hanson ran down a short hallway toward a floor-to-ceiling window[...]
He apparently lost his balance and crashed through the glass, then fell 300 feet, landing on the roof overhang one floor up from the street.
Link. According to Tom Mason, general manager of the Hyatt, the window was double-paned and had a safety bar. Mason added that hotel officials will investigate and take whatever steps to ensure the hotel's safety.

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