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Seriously guys, you just can't make this stuff up. A 23 year old Canadian college student was killed when a crashing helicopter struck and dragged him as he was walking to his mailbox. Apparently eyewitnesses noticed that the youth was completely unaware of his impending doom and a friend told reporters that he often listened to music through earbuds underneath the hood of his sweatshirt. Naturally, reaction was swift. If he had not been listening to music perhaps he could have nimbly sidestepped the helicopter and gone about his business as if nothing had happened. After all, this sort of crap happens everyday right?

While I completely agree that listening to music too loudly can inhibit your ability to recognize and react to a potentially dangerous situation around you, I can't help but find it completely baffling that this story sparked a debate about the dangers of headphone use while completely glossing over the fact that this dude was hit by a HELICOPTER. In fact, no concrete evidence was given that he was even wearing headphones at the time. At any rate, this fiasco has really struck a chord with me. From this day forward I will not wear headphones while traveling on foot just in case a meteor, satellite, or charging rhino should be barreling towards me.
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Edited by rabidgnome229 - 5/15/08 at 10:04pm
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HAHAHAHA. it was just his time to go.
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Donnie Darko style!
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ROFL! I hate to laugh cause he died but come on! If he was wearing headphones he must have had them REALLY REALLY REALLY loud. Helicopter's aren't exactly quiet.
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A heli that close would put out a lot of noise. I wonder how loud his music was. That also still doesn't excuse the heli hitting him.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spart View Post
ROFL! I hate to laugh cause he died but come on! If he was wearing headphones he must have had them REALLY REALLY REALLY loud. Helicopter's aren't exactly quiet.
When they're falling unpowered?


BTW... blame music. It's the devil.
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Saw about this on the news this morning. Pretty sad feel bad for the guy.
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Wow that's scary, it sends a message to me that anything could happen at any point in time.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
When they're falling unpowered?


BTW... blame music. It's the devil.
They will still make noise. When a heli loses power the rotors will continue to spin for a good 20-30 seconds and as long as they spin they make a pulsating whistling noise with the motor. Also it would have had to hit him directly for it to be an instant and silent death. It said it dragged him.
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Ipods are going to lead to the destruction of man ;-;
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