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Research Suggests Texting While Walking is a Recipe for Disaster

So it's pretty well ingrained into the social consciousness that texting or phoning while driving is dangerous, if not patently illegal. Furthering that, a study published from the University of Queensland has investigated what risks there are associated with the thoroughly modern practice of texting on a mobile device while walking and what dangers it may pose to the text-walker and the other pedestrians around them. Read More >>

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The History of the Human Cannonball

Whenever there is a list released of the world's most dangerous jobs, tree loggers, steelworkers, electrical power-line installers, and fisherman usually are the professions that populate the list. But none of those things are nearly as dangerous as being propelled out of a long cylinder tube, flown through the air completely untethered, and attempting to land safely on the ground. Read More >>

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Thankfully This Kid's Plastic Trike Motorway Drive Didn't Go Full Road Rash

An eight-year-old adrenaline junky was filmed riding his plastic three-wheeler down a busy motorway, as cars swerved to avoid the joyriding youngster. Read More >>

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Indesit and Hotpoint Recall (Potentially) Exploding Washing Machines

Do you ever imagine how much it would hurt if your washing machine drum came out while it's whizzing your pants and jeans around at maximum spin? If you're an Indesit or Hotpoint owner there's a small chance you may find out, thanks to concerns that "a very small percentage" of machines made between 2007 and 2009 could fall apart and explode. Read More >>

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What Is the Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

The Antarctic? The top of Mount Everest? The bottom of the ocean? In the middle of your parent's kitchen during a political argument on any given holiday? All good guesses, but none are quite right. Between environmental hazards, plagues, and other human beings, the world is a dangerous place, sure. But what locale takes the proverbial death cake? More like "what one doesn't?" Vsauce explains. [Vsauce] Read More >>

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Teen Takes Spear to the Face and Survives

Teenagers should NOT be given guns or spears to play with, let alone spear guns. Sixteen-year-old Yasser Lopez went spear gun fishing with his buddy in a Miami lake and got speared right through the brain. Details are hazy on whether he shot himself or his mate mistook him for a giant salmon, but either way, the gun went off and turned Yasser into a human kebab. Read More >>

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What Would Happen If You Put Your Hand in the LHC's Beam?

A while back, Sixty Symbols asked a bunch of physicists what they thought would happen if you were to place your hand in the particle beam at the LHC and... none of them knew. Now they've done some digging, and found out. Read More >>

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Five Crazy Ways Machines Can Maim You Horribly

Machines are great. Whether you’re sawing, blasting, drilling or sanding, they make almost everything we use today and they're awesome. In fact, they’re probably essential to humanity’s survival at this point, but that doesn’t mean their hard metal whirrings can’t destroy your puny flesh and bones. Read More >>

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Like Throwing Astronauts Into a Flaming Barrel

Astronaut Ron Goran may sound like he's being creative when he describes what returning from the ISS feels like for today's space-faring souls, but really, no he isn't. [Fragile Oasis via Boing Boing, Image] Read More >>

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