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.