Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Today in History

1988 - An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association documents 15 cases in which men trying to get a can out of a soda machine were crushed. Three died, the other 12 required hospitalization for injuries such as fractures of the skull, toe, ankle, tibia, femur, and pelvis; intercerebral bleeding; knee contusion; and one punctured bladder. Because the sodas are located in the upper half of the machine, the center of gravity of the machine is abnormally high and the machine will fall after it has been tipped only 20 degrees, a deceptively small angle. A large, fully loaded machine can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds.

1 Comments:

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could take a vending machine, easy.

 

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