Clumsy Australians

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  1. Graeme

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    From the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra, 2000.


    Each year 3 Australians die while using their tongue to test if a 9-volt battery still works.

    In 1998, 142 Australians were injured by not removing all the pins from new shirt packaging.

    Each year around 60 Australians are injured using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.

    Between 1996 and 2000, 31 Australians died by watering their Christmas tree while the ‘fairy lights’ were plugged in.

    In the three years prior to 2000, 19 Australians died by eating Christmas decorations they believed were made of chocolate.

    Hospitals in Australia reported 4 broken arms in 1999 after cracker-pulling incidents.

    Between 1997 and 2000, 101 Australians had to have broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.

    In 1998, 18 Australians were seriously burned after trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.

    A massive 543 Australians were admitted to casualty in 1997 and 1998 after opening bottles of beer with their teeth or eye socket.

    In 1997, 8 Australians cracked their skull after passing out while throwing up into the toilet.
     
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    Hmmm - how do you die by putting a 9v bat on your tongue? I've done that plenty of times, and obviously haven't expired yet. There's not much of a load coming out of that little battery.

    BTW - What's a jumper?
     
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    I'm thinking 'micro-shock' producing cardiac arrhythmias. The elderly, with a suspect sino-atrial node would be more susceptible. Just a theory!
    Whereas you would be fit, with a healthy heart.


    American equivalent would be Sweater or Pullover(?)
     
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    Yeah I was think along the same lines as well, but I'm not entirely sure either.
     
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    Sweater! Ahhh!
     
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    Welcome, Aussies, to the American statistics for dearth of wisdom.
     
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    :shock: nearly done it myself!! :lol:
     
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    how did you do that wildcat?
     
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    My guess is alcohol...but its just a wild guess :)
     
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    Still trying find something for Swedes....:lol: :lol:
     
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    Yep, lots of it!! Didn't crack my skull though, just fell asleep on the can! :lol: :lol:
     
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    Well that makes you a survivor ;)
     
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    How do they know it if it's "of unknown origin"? :)
     
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    As a Firefighter I was wondering the same thing Marcel.

    But I guess ya gotta blame some dirty rat for da fire.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    "Did you know that..... "

    Yep!

    BTW # 34 - it's 76.834 actually :twisted: :twisted:

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    On the battery thing - IIRC it's down to luck/chance, if the charge coincides with your heart rhythm at a certain point in its cycle it's enough to stop it
     
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    63. The ten most generous countries are all in Europe?

    Based on what statistic I imagine... and what is the definition of generous here???
     
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