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8/22/2003

Danger comes in many forms…

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Barry Davis, of West Bend, Wisconsin was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In West Bend, and possibly for Davis himself, arrests for drunk driving are common, but not when the driver is operating a riding lawn mower. The results of this case could interfere with the time-honored Wisconsin tradition of drinking beer at all times.

Much more likely to convert high blood alcohol levels into destructive mayhem are powerboat drivers, but rarely do they do so on roadways, as occured in Davidson, North Carolina when a powerboat and its three occupants flew aloft and struck a car driving on Interstate 77.

One should not truly count another out until one has, at the very least, checked for a pulse. Nguyen Van Quan, pronounced dead from heart failure after staff at Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam tried for 30 minutes to resuscitate him, spent seven hours in the morgue before being picked up by his family for burial. When hospital officials removed the blanket covering him, they realized that he was alive.

Be wary of the elderly being written off, as they may soon become killer robots. A joint-venture of several Tokyo companies will begin marketing a robot suit next year. The suit detects electric signals from the user’s muscles and, using an on-board computer, determines the appropriate motion, allowing the user to walk, or fall and break a hip, as if under their own power.

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