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Woman Killed by Frozen Urine
Kelli wrote in with a question about this strange photo showing a woman impaled by a long, yellowish-looking stick.

The photo comes with an explanatory caption:
This unfortunate woman was found dead on parkland in Yorkshire, England. She's believed to have been pierced by a shaft of frozen urine which had fallen from a leak in a toilet facility of an overhead plane.

Kelli wants to know if it's real. Well, of course it's not. This photo has actually been floating around the internet for quite a while. As explained over at the Darwin Awards, it comes from a spoof news program aired in Britain called The Day Today.
Categories: Death, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 07, 2004
Comments (7)
hahahhaaha Flabber got hoaxed raspberry
GRTZ Knijn
Posted by Knijn from  in  on  Mon May 10, 2004  at  05:18 PM
One Word: UNFORTUNATE ... if it were real that is!
Posted by Alessandra  in  Oxford  on  Tue Jun 15, 2004  at  03:56 PM
Tss tss tsss.....she was lucky. What about if it wasn't only urine?
Posted by Gabriel  on  Mon Jun 28, 2004  at  10:40 PM
It seems British have a thing for such stories. It is featured
in one of David Lodge's books, I think "Small World". There,
frozen urine destroys the roof of a house, but I forget how it
relates to the main story.
Posted by Spyros  on  Sun Oct 03, 2004  at  07:51 PM
big surprise Tasteless.

Well, maybe not TASTEless (I can't speak from experience) but not very flavorful....
Posted by Gerry  in  Boise ID  on  Sat Mar 26, 2005  at  08:05 PM
Besides, if it HAD come from an aircraft, it'd be blue, not yellow. grin
Posted by Gerry  in  Boise ID  on  Mon Apr 06, 2009  at  01:38 PM
Yeah, I agree that the British have a thing for this. It's in Changing Place by David Lodge that a lump of frozen urine strikes a roof (in the novel then it leads to good things, though). Maybe they often think that the worst luck falling from heaven just can appear in the form of urine smile)
Posted by Ling  on  Sun Nov 15, 2009  at  12:30 PM
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