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Old 06-12-2016, 08:30 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Meteors that hit the earth are a freak occurrence. Wind is not. It is to be expected. That's why there ought to be changes in the types of umbrellas or sun shade enclosures allowed on the beach. This was not the only time beach impalement has happened.
This is what I was thinking, too. The manufacturer could be sued. Bad design. That sharp end so handy for rooting the umbrella in the sand looks like one of those "it seemed like a good idea at the time" type of things. The designer didn't take into account the potential lift power of the wind.
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:37 PM
 
Location: La Costa, California
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thats right. Anyone remember lawn darts?
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Subconscious Syncope, USA (Northeastern US)
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Kinda makes you want to run with scissors, doesn't it?
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:14 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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thats right. Anyone remember lawn darts?
That's what I thought about, too!
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:17 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm going to the beach tomorrow like this:

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Old 06-12-2016, 11:12 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Now, I really hate it when that happens.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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This is one of my nightmares. I used to rent chairs and umbrellas on a Destin Florida beach when I was younger. Our umbrellas had two piece poles, the upper half with the umbrella and the lower half with the sharpened end that stuck into the sand. I remember one day when a sudden storm came up and umbrellas that were firmly planted in the sand started blowing over and as they flipped some of the the lower halves were flung end over end with force high into the air. People were running from the beach and these lethal projectiles were landing all among them. Luckily no one was struck but from that day forward we closed all umbrellas if there was even a hint of a storm coming.
Common sense there. Maybe the folks renting the umbrellas should have their staff go around and close them in the event of heavy wind.due to liability.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:37 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Well, as if I needed another reason to avoid the beach


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I instantly thought of this video.
WARNING GRAPHIC- It's Animated but still violent.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HoKxUK6izCY
There was also a story how a woman in the shower slipped, grabbed the curtain rod, it came lose, and she impaled herself with it.


A woman reaching up for bowls from the kitchen cupboard didn't lift high enough, the bowls underneath them also got slide out, and fell on top of her head.


Related. Graphic, and spoilers from World War Z....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2lKcq4_ew
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:41 AM
 
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Meteors that hit the earth are a freak occurrence. Wind is not. It is to be expected. That's why there ought to be changes in the types of umbrellas or sun shade enclosures allowed on the beach. This was not the only time beach impalement has happened.
Meteorites injure hundreds in central Russia - BBC News

2013 - One meteor injures at least 950 people - it would take one heck of a wind and a storm of umbrellas to do that kind of damage.
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Old 06-13-2016, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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thats right. Anyone remember lawn darts?

Yes! We still have ours-- and the yellow hoops. Actually, they're ours from when we were kids, and DH and I and our kids played with them. And no one was ever injured.
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