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Bed Mishaps
According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, 125,312 people are injured in 1 year while in or around a Bed. These injuries resulted from such Mishaps as tripping over the Bed, hurting oneself on the headboard, or simply falling out of Bed.

Three million people in America have an impairment of the back or limbs that is the direct result of an accidental Fall.

Unquestionably the most notable Head injury of all time was sustained by a man named Phineas P. Gage, known in medical history as the "American Crowbar Case." Gage, a twenty five year old foreman on the Rutland and Burlington Railroad, was preparing a blast of dynamite on September 13. 1847, when the blast went off prematurely, driving a 3 foot long, 13 pound tamping iron completely through the left side of his face. Passing along the left anterior lobe of Gage's cerebrum and out the back of his Head, the bar smashed most of his brain. Though knocked backward by the blast and obviously shaken up, Gage remained conscious after the accident and stayed wide awake while his wound was dressed and doctors examined him. For a short time delirium set in and he lost the sight in his left eye. But shortly after that Gage became rational again and was back at work within several months. He lived for some years after the incident and was studied by innumerable doctors, who could make nothing of the case. After Gage died, the iron bar, along with a cast of the patient's head, was placed in the museum of the Massachusetts Medical College.

Hearing Damage
A survey conducted by the New York League for the Hard of Hearing determined that 50 percent of disco disc jockeys have suffered Hearing Damage. Of these, 33 percent have become partially deaf.

According to the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, women are two and a half times more likely to have an automobile accident when they are Menstruating. According to researchers, reflex and sensory alertness are impaired during the monthly period, and spatial judgment may be altered.

The American Speech and Hearing Association estimates that more than 40 million Americans are exposed daily to dangerously loud Noises, not all of which are machine made. For instance, the screaming of a baby has a higher decibel level (90 dB) and hence is more damaging to the delicate inner ear than an alarm clock (80 dB a vacuum cleaner (70 dB or heavy traffic (75 dB). Permanent hearing impairment, studies say, begins with sound levels of about 85 decibels. Thus prolonged exposure to the sound of a jackhammer (100 dB), a power mower (105 dB), an auto horn (120 dB live rock music (130 dB), or a jet engine (140 dB can cause irreparable damage to one's hearing.

Physicians at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center estimate that of the more than 500,000 men who were receiving military combat training, more than half would sustain permanent hearing loss due to the Noise of the weaponry.

In the nineteenth century, flypaper, hat linings, playing cards, paper collars, Christmas tree candles, wallpaper dyes, and wreaths of artificial flowers all contained lethal amounts of arsenic and all caused countless cases of accidental Poisoning.

In November, 1972, a student Skydiver named Bob Hail jumped from his plane and quickly discovered that neither his regular parachute nor his backup chute had opened. He dropped 3,300 feet at a rate of 80 miles per hour and landed on his face. "I screamed, "Hail recalled later. "I knew I was dead and that my life was ended right then. There was nothing I could do." A few moments after landing, however, he got up and walked away with nothing worse than a broken nose and some missing teeth. No one has been able to explain how he escaped unhurt.

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