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‘iPod Wearing’ Accidents Skyrocket To 47!

From the Agence France-Presse:

Toll from pedestrians wearing headphones triples

January 16, 2012

The number of US pedestrians who have been killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has tripled in six years, according to a study published Tuesday.

The annual tally rose from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011, bringing the total of cases to 116 over this period, say the authors.

These are pretty small numbers. We are supposed to believe that in the entire US only 47 pedestrians were in accidents last year while wearing headphones?

And we are supposed to believe that on average only 16 pedestrians a year have been in accidents while wearing headphones? And this is supposed to scare us into taking some drastic new action?

Besides, this would seem to be a meaningless statistic, unless we know how many pedestrians were normally involved in accidents before headphones became so popular.

In other words, these stats could just mean that more pedestrians are wearing headphones. Which is obviously true.

More than half of the incidents involved pedestrians who were run down by trains.

Trains are pretty darned loud. Still, why doesn’t this mean that we should do away with trains and such forms other public transportation? They are clearly a menace.

And what about electric cars, which are completely silent? Just imagine the havoc they will wreak.

Two-thirds of the victims were males and under the age of 30.

The research, published in the British journal Injury Prevention, was headed by Richard Lichenstein of the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in Baltimore.

The paper warns of "inattentional blindness" when wearing headphones, meaning a distraction that lowers the resources the brain devotes to external stimuli.

The trawl of US accident statistics covered iPods, MP3 players and other musical devices. It did not include mobile phones.

Again, without knowing how many people without headphones get run down, these numbers are meaningless.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “‘iPod Wearing’ Accidents Skyrocket To 47!”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Two-thirds of the victims were males and under the age of 30.

    Sounds like profiling to me. Probably interferes with their constitutional rights and right of privacy as well. I am deeply offended by the fact that they assessed their statistics in this manner and they should correct it immediately.

    The paper warns of “inattentional blindness” when wearing headphones, meaning a distraction that lowers the resources the brain devotes to external stimuli.

    Or it could just mean that they’re democrats.

  2. proreason says:

    “inattentional blindness”

    these guys seem to have unintentionally stumbled on the explanation for liberalism

  3. GetBackJack says:

    The Darwin Awards are morphing into Evolution in Action™

    • yadayada says:

      why is it that the people who so adamantly want us to believe in evolution cry the hardest when they see it at work?

    • sticks says:

      I’m with you guy’s, natural selection is simply weeding out bad chromosomes from the gene pool. Must be why liberals want to stop it (somehow)

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Rusty, Pro, Jack – Comment win.

  5. xdannyh says:

    “inattentional blindness” I believe is a euphemism for having your head up your a$$. Whereas “intentional blindness” defines the way liberal leftists are made not aware of every social program they can think of is prone to failure. ie. war on poverty, drugs, student loans, free health care etc etc. and that socialism will be the end of us all.

  6. preparing4theworst says:

    I have been in EMS for nearly 19 yrs and have learned: 1) Stupid- just regular everyday stuff, usually minimal injuries/damage, 2) Stupid with intent to distribute- not an arrestable offense, but should be. Stay far away from these people, someone can die, and last but not least- 3) “Stupid can’t be fixed”- Ron White….but I have found it can be very entertaining….

  7. JohnMG says:

    Only a little bit off topic, but while we’re coining new terminology, check this out:

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

    Sound familiar?

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