Weird and Wacky Injuries



This week I have been suffering from a sore calf; I have somehow managed to pull the muscle whilst sitting still at my desk. This led to a conversation with friends about the most ridiculous ways in which we had injured ourselves. One friends confessed to having sliced her fingers in a blender, when her generous bosom pressed the ‘on’ switch for her, whilst another no longer has fingerprints on her right hand, following a metal-work incident. I have no right to laugh, of course, having once accidentally knocked something off a window ledge, reacted instinctively, and caught it. It was a cactus.

Dealing with people’s personal injury claims is a serious business, but for a bit of light relief I have put together a list of some of the most unusual, and improbable, accidents and injuries.

Food and drink

Aside from choking, which is no laughing matter, you wouldn’t think there was much else that you could do to injure yourself from simply eating or drinking. You would be wrong. Reddit users shared the following stories:

“I knocked myself out trying to eat nachos.”

“I was breaking off some chocolate. It was very difficult.” The result? Shoulder strain.

And of course, when you add alcohol into the mix, some impressive injuries can occur. “I was doing drunk yoga in the icy parking lot behind a bar at 1am…It was the worst decision ever.” Need we say more?


Children can get themselves into some interesting situations, “I got a concussion trying to be a trapeze artist on a towel rack. I was an adventurous, but very stupid four-year-old.” Worse is when adults try to behave like children, “I cracked my head open on an inflatable obstacle course.” And don’t think you’re safe from your own children – England footballer David Batty once sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon after he was run over by his own child riding a tricycle.


Batty is not the only footballer to receive an embarrassing injury, Rio Ferdinand once strained a knee tendon whilst watching TV, and David James pulled a back muscle reaching for the remote.

Household objects are not the only cause of injury to footballers, animals can be dangerous too. Norwegian defender Svein Grondalen once sustained injuries whilst out jogging, after colliding with a moose. Ouch.

And it’s not just the professionals, “I bruised my face falling into water too hard.”

Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, and whilst they may not seem funny whilst you’re tweezing the cactus spines from the palm of your hand, once you’ve recovered you might have a good story to tell. Of course, if this accident was caused by the negligence of a third-party, and caused you significant distress, or required you to take time off work, you may have a claim for compensation. If your solicitor is not handling your case to your satisfaction, and you want a second opinion, contact SOS Claims and let us help you. We promise we won’t laugh.

Appreciating Our Veterans

Veterans (free clip art)

Veterans (free clip art)

My good friend, Walter served our Country and so did my Daddy, although Daddy served a very long time ago in World War II and he’s been gone a long time now. But Walter is one of the few men I know that served in the military and came home with no injuries and no PTSD. He is a good man and I’m proud to call him my friend – even if he didn’t read my blog!

So today we all honor our Country’s veterans and if you know someone who has served, you should give them a hug or a handshake and tell them to their face that we all appreciate their service.


This morning I heard a duet with Roy Orbison and K.D. Lang performing the song, “Crying.” It is a lovely version. I never would have thought to pair K.D. Lang with Orbison, but their voices blend perfectly. It is a touching song – I love it! I looked it up on YouTube and found a video for it – hope you enjoy it!

Children’s Books

Little girl reading (free clip art)

Little girl reading (free clip art)

If you have children in the home that are old enough to color and read, you might want to take advantage of this great site that sends an email every week with free samples of their books’ pages. The site is Dover Publications and they are a fantastic resource for parents and teachers. Dover publishes a variety of coloring books, paper dolls, clip art, and children’s theme-based activity kits. I love getting an email every week with a dozen new free samples to download or print for the children to have on a rainy day. If this is something that interests you, go their website and click on the tab that says “Free Samples” and you can sign up online.

You can’t get there from here

directions (free clip art)

directions (free clip art)

Guest post by Linda Bradshaw

When I lived in Maine, I had the good fortune to meet a popular Maine humorist, Tim Sample, before he became widely known as a Maine humorist. I met him in the capacity of graphic artist. He designed a business logo for me for a fledgling business that I was trying to get into. I found him to be a very nice man, and when he told me that he was trying to break into the world of stand-up comedy, I helped to arrange for him to get a gig performing a fund-raiser for a local rescue squad. He also was the artist for a Maine humor calendar (which I’m pretty sure isn’t produced anymore) where each page had an illustration of “old-timer Mainers” talking with each other. One of my favorite jokes (both as a stand-up comedian and on his calendars) was when someone from out-of-state stopped ask directions. The answer from the old-timer Mainer was always “You can’t get there from here.”

Having lived in Maine for a long time, I know that answer is fairly accurate. There were many places that were so remote that it would take several hours to zig-zag back and forth on the country roads to travel what was essentially a ten-mile trip “as the crow flies.”