Not such a joke perhaps

Intended as jokes but turning out to be very real indeed:

1. A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the
use of safety goggles on the job. According to Industrial Machinery News, the film’s depiction of gory industrial accidents was so graphic that twenty-five workers suffered minor injuries in their rush to leave the screening room. Thirteen others fainted, and one man required seven stitches after he cut his head falling off a chair while watching the film.

2. A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car in St. Louis, but by the time police arrived on the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.

3. Swedish business consultant Ulf af Trolle labored 13 years on a book about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to be copied, only to have it
reduced to 50,000 strips of paper in seconds when a worker confused the copier with the shredder.

4. A convict broke out of jail in Washington, DC, and then a few days later accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for
robbery. At lunch, he went out for a sandwich. She needed to see him and thus had him paged. Police officers recognized his name and arrested him as he returned to the courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.

4 comments for “Not such a joke perhaps

  1. Moggsy
    January 19, 2012 at 06:48

    Nuber 4 sounds like a really supportive guy though. Ahhh.. ^_^

  2. Rossa
    January 19, 2012 at 08:36

    N3. That must be quite a shredder to turn each page into 200 strips of paper. More like sawdust 🙂

  3. andy5759
    January 20, 2012 at 18:58

    I rather like the urban myth about the chap who decided to bring his motorcycle into the kitchen to do a few repairs. Upon completion he started the engine, as the bike was up on its stand he dropped it into gear. Whereupon the bike slipped off the stand and ran him over, breaking his left leg. Emergency services duly arrived and took him to A&E. While he was there his loving wife cleaned up the oil and petrol spills with paper towels which she disposed of down the toilet. When the mechanic returned home, left leg in plaster, he needed to use the toilet. While sitting there he lit a cigarette, dropping the match into the pan beneath him… The emergency services duly arrived to take him to A&E with first degree burns to the derriere. As luck would have it the ambulance people were the same ones who called earlier. Such was their mirth they dropped him off the gurney, breaking his right leg.

    True or not, I don’t care. It’s a good story.

  4. Moggsy
    January 23, 2012 at 10:33

    Andy, That sounds almost like one of those Darwin award stories. ^_^

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