Friday, August 17, 2007



Biker rode 2 km without noticing leg was severed
The Yomiuri Shimbun

A man rode his motorcycle for about two kilometers without realizing his right leg had been cut off after an accident in Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu, on Monday.

According to police, the 54-year-old company employee from Naka Ward in the city had his leg severed about 10 centimeters below the knee after hitting a central divider on the Hamana bypass of National Highway Route 1 at about 6:30 a.m.

The man only noticed his injury after stopping his bike at the Tsuboi Interchange, about two kilometers from the scene of the accident. His life was not in danger, the police said.

The man was traveling ahead of a touring group of about 10 friends. The police believe he failed to negotiate a left turn and struck his leg against a corner of the central concrete divider.

"I suppose he must have struggled to retain his balance after the accident and did not realize he had been injured," a police officer said.

(Aug. 15, 2007)


Woman loses toe in escalator accident
The Yomiuri Shimbun

A 27-year-old woman's left big toe was amputated when it got stuck in a hole in the step of an escalator at JR Kawasaki Station, police said.

The hole, in the vertical side of the step, was 12 centimeters high and 7.5 centimeters wide. A piece of aluminum suspected to have broken off the step, creating the hole, was found inside the escalator, the police said.

The woman, a company employee of the city, was on her way home shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday when the accident occurred. She was not aware her toe was in the hole because she was talking to a friend. When the vertical side of the step narrowed near the top of the escalator, her toe got stuck and was sliced off.

(Aug. 15, 2007)


Finding these two eye-watering gems next to each other in the briefs section of the Yomiuri livened up my payday a little.

As the summer continues, there was further ominous news for Japanese extremities with the revelation in today's paper that Hammerhead Sharks have been coming uncommonly close to shore this year due to a warm current.

Bathers have been advised not to pet the sharks. A spokesman for the Ministry Of Looking On The Bright Side Of Things said: "Well, the good news is that Hammerhead Sharks are not extinct."


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